The 2011 NFL Draft is loaded with players that are capable of impacting the game from the position of slot receiver. Past drafts show us that these guys won't necessarily be found in the first round.
In 2010, the Bengals grabbed Jordan Shipley in the third round and he was extremely productive as a slot receiver, putting up 52 catches for 600 yards and three touchdowns.
In 2009, the Patriots chose Julian Edelman, a wide receiver from Akron, in the seventh round. While he is buried on the depth chart behind guys like Wes Welker, Deion Branch and Brandon Tate, Edelman has shown a ton of promise and has been a dynamic force in the return game.
This year, none of the top slot receivers are likely to be first round picks, but that doesn't mean they should be considered also-rans. Here are the top ten slot receivers of the 2011 NFL Draft class.