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NFL Draft 2011: The 10 Best Players in This Year's Draft 5 Years from Now

Eric CaspersonCorrespondent IIMarch 18, 2011

NFL Draft 2011: The 10 Best Players in This Year's Draft 5 Years from Now

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    If there is not going to be an NFL season in 2011, why not look ahead toward the future.

    The one thing that is sure to happen is the NFL Draft.

    Teams will put even more focus on this year's drafting process because Free Agency is up in the air with no CBA.

    Some good players will come out of this deep draft.

    Like always, there will be some busts and some super sleepers that will end up being stars.

    Flash forward five years from now. It is 2016 and we are looking back on this year's draft class.

    These are going to be the top 10 players in this year's draft. Some may be surprising.

10. Benjamin Ijalana

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    Ben Ijalana may be one of the most athletic OL in this year's draft.

    The only knock on Ijalana could be his size. He is only 6'4" and would likely not be able to play OT in the NFL.

    His shift to OG could be a blessing in disguise.

    He can use his incredible strength and quickness to open up gaping holes at the first and second levels.

9. Titus Young

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    Titus Young has been mocked as high as a mid-first round to late third round pick.

    His explosive speed and quickness has scouts comparing him to DeSean Jackson.

    Look how much Jackson has transformed the Eagles the past two seasons.

    That could be Young five years from now.

    Young is a little bigger than Jackson so his body should hold up better. He is definitely a game changer.

    He will be a perfect fit for a team that needs someone to stretch the field.

8. Justin Houston

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    Justin Houston is one of many combo DE/LB in this year's draft.

    One advantage that he has over the other ones is that he actually played both positions in college.

    In 2010, Georgia switched to a 3-4 defense that put Houston as a pass rushing LB.

    Houston was nominated for the Dick Butkus Award that is given to the nation's best LB.

    With 18.5 TFL and 10 sacks, Houston proved that he can play in a 3-4 scheme.

    He is a little undersized, but his quickness makes up for it.

7. Pat Devlin

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    For some reason, I think that Pat Devlin will be the best QB out of this class. There is no sure No. 1 guy like there was last year in Sam Bradford.

    That leaves the door open for low risk guys like Devlin and Colin Kaepernick.

    Devlin looks to follow in Joe Flacco's footsteps.

    They both transferred to Delaware to get more playing time, and both times it paid off.

    Devlin has incredible accuracy and decent arm strength. He has the ability to throw the deep ball and also the ability to run outside the pocket.

    Could he be a Joe Flacco clone? We shall see five years from now.

6. Julio Jones

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    Julio Jones is an absolute freak of nature. I mean that in the best way possible too.

    Jones is one of the biggest, strongest and fastest WR's you will ever see.

    After his great Combine performance, the Rams may be short of luck to find him creeping up draft boards.

    Jones has all the tools necessary to become an elite NFL WR.

    I do not see why he won't prove it to me by year five.

5. Robert Quinn

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    Robert Quinn did not play in 2010 because he was suspended by the NCAA.

    If he had played, he may have pushed himself into the top five.

    Quinn has good size for either a 4-3 DE or a 3-4 LB.

    He needs to improve his strength and ability to work off of blocks.

    He is a pure pass rusher with tremendous speed and a terrific first step.

    He may be the best DL from this draft.

4. A.J. Green

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    Mini megatron.

    Although a little smaller than Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green has the same skill set and the tools to be the next megatron.

    Green has terrific size and great hands.

    His greatest strength though is his ability to go up and catch a jump ball. His leaping ability puts Green at the top of the WR class.

    If Green were to add 10 pounds to his frame, he could be a top five WR in five years.

3. Da'Quan Bowers

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    Rotoworld.com is reporting that Da'Quan Bowers says that his knee is "great."

    Before the Combine, Bowers was the sure No. 1 or 2 overall pick.

    After he missed the Combine due to surgery, his status is up in the air.

    If he is able to get through the knee injury, Bowers has all the tools to become one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.

    I still can see him being picked at No. 1 in April just because of his potential.

    The Panthers could use a replacement for Julius Peppers.

2. Von Miller

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    Von Miller is the guy that Justin Houston lost to in the running for the Dick Butkus Award.

    Miller is slated to be a LB at the NFL level.

    He has good size and terrific ball hawking skills to be successful.

    He ran a 4.46 40 at the Combine and impressed with his vertical jump as well.

    Miller is the class of the LB's in this draft.

    I see multiple DPOY victories for him in the future.

1. Patrick Peterson

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    In five years, Patrick Peterson will be at the head of the 2011 Draft class.

    Peterson is another one of those freak athletes that has all the tools necessary to be an elite player at the next level.

    Peterson is big for a CB. He is 6'1" and 219 pounds.

    Even with that size, he still ran a 4.32 40 at the Combine, which was second best of all participants.

    Peterson, even as a rookie, will turn into one of the best CB's in the NFL.

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