- Mel Kiper Jr., Football analyst
You won't see significant changes this week, but at least you can look at the Big Board knowing the draft is just a week away. At the top, Andrew Luck is assured of going wire-to-wire. I released my prospect rankings just a week after last year's draft, and Luck sat atop the board then. From the season he had to his work during the draft process, there just hasn't been a time when I felt like he wasn't the top prospect here. But there have been plenty of other moves. The guy who will be taken second overall put in a ton of work
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.
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Andrew Luck *
All set to go No. 1. Luck has confirmed what we already knew, working hard during the draft process and backing up 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: 3 | PLAYER CARD
Morris Claiborne *
Claiborne's aptitude for the game of football and his approach are sound. A true technician, he's an exceptional pure corner with impeccable instincts. Locates the ball and can catch it. Ready to start.
LAST WEEK: 5 | PLAYER CARD
Justin Blackmon *
Steady stock, and has been for months. Blackmon isn't as big as some had him listed (he's actually under 6-foot-1), but he's still a lock for the top 10. Great route-runner, versatile, explosive; really works to get open. Has a high floor.
LAST WEEK: 6 | 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.