- Mel Kiper Jr., Football analyst
While the two-round mock draft will get more attention this week, here's your weekly reference point for where I have guys ranked based on overall value. A new addition this week is Chandler Jones out of Syracuse. Listed as a defensive end for the Orange, I think he profiles as a 3-4 outside linebacker. You'll see a couple of other additions, too.
As always, read on and let me know who should be higher or who has been passed over. Juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.
More Kiper NFL draft content:
Andrew Luck *
Now working out privately with the Colts, no change in the expectations he'll land there. Luck has worked hard during the draft process, confirming a lot of what evaluators felt about his mentality. No change in profile. Arm strength, size, smarts, demeanor all there. Ready to play.
LAST WEEK: 1 | PLAYER CARD
Robert Griffin III *
Another guy we've had penciled in with a team for a while. Washington will expect him to start in Week 1. He's accurate, throws a good deep ball, is a proven leader, and has shown evaluators he's a QB first, athlete second. LAST WEEK: 2 | PLAYER CARD
Trent Richardson *
Moves up a spot after a stellar pro day. Could he go as high as No. 4? I think so. He's powerful and fast, has vision and pass-catching skills; he's a beast and explodes from and through contact. Total-package RB.
LAST WEEK: 4 | PLAYER CARD
Matt Kalil *
Relinquishes his typical No. 3 spot, but not for anything he did wrong. Kalil has been as steady on the board as any O-lineman in years. The tape is great, and shows us a player who won't need to apprentice on the right side.
LAST WEEK: 3 | PLAYER CARD
Morris Claiborne *
Rumors will linger, but I promise you they have nothing to do with Claiborne's aptitude for the game of football, or his approach. A true technician, he's an exceptional pure corner with impeccable instincts. Locates the ball and can catch it.
LAST WEEK: 5 | PLAYER CARD
Ryan Tannehill makes his first appearance inside Mel's ranking of the top 25 players in the draft, but he's not alone.