If James Laurinaitis had declared for the 2008 NFL draft, he likely would have been a top-10 pick. Instead, he chose to return to Ohio State for his senior season and is Mel Kiper's No. 1 player heading into 2008.
Junior running back Darren McFadden is the No. 1 prospect on Mel Kiper's Top 25 Big Board. However, that doesn't necessarily mean he thinks the Arkansas running back will be the top pick in April's NFL draft.
Limas Sweed was one of Mel Kiper's top wide receivers in the senior class at the start of the season. Despite being out for the rest of the year with a wrist injury, he may still be a first-round pick in April's NFL draft.
Defensive backs Jason Allen and Antonio Cromartie returned from season-ending injuries and were first-round picks in the 2006 NFL draft. Mel Kiper has two players on this week's Big Board despite the fact they won't play again this season.