- Mel Kiper Jr., Football analyst
Another week without major changes at the top, where the two quarterbacks we've been talking about for months are effectively holding things down, just as they will up until draft day. Two of the bigger movers this week played together last season. Melvin Ingram continues to rise as a versatile pass-rusher, and could easily go as high as No. 7 overall. Elsewhere, cornerback Stephon Gilmore has risen enough where I can see him as the No. 2 corner taken, perhaps even in the top 10.
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 *
I know he visited the Redskins, but it's a pipe dream that he'll fall to No. 2. 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 *
Stays at No. 3, and he could go as high as No. 4. 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 *
Steady as any LT prospect I've seen in a while, perhaps since Miami went with Jake Long. 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 *
All the nonsense about test scores hasn't done anything. Claiborne's aptitude for the game of football, and his approach, is sound. A true technician, he's an exceptional pure corner with impeccable instincts. Locates the ball and can catch it.
LAST WEEK: 5 | PLAYER CARD
Among the big moves this week, a pair of defenders from South Carolina continue to move up on Mel Kiper's Big Board.