Russell moves past Quinn as top QB on Big Board

With a better body of work and stronger performances in big games, LSU's JaMarcus Russell has moved past Notre Dame's Brady Quinn as the top quarterback prospect on Mel Kiper Jr.'s Top 25 Big Board.

Updated: February 22, 2007, 9:10 AM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN.com
Although Notre Dame senior Brady Quinn spent the entire 2006 season as the top quarterback in the country, LSU junior JaMarcus Russell has now moved ahead of Quinn on my Top 25 Big Board.

Simply put, Russell's body of work was better than Quinn's. Russell's overall performance in big games against elite competition was better than that of Quinn's. Head-to-head in the Sugar Bowl, Russell looked better against Notre Dame than Quinn did against LSU.

The NFL combine starts this week in Indianapolis, so you can expect more movement and changes on the Big Board and my first-round projections after the combine and individual workouts take place.


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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst