Marqise Lee moves up Big Board

USC WR vaults into top 10, Auburn OT Robinson also climbs in Mel's ranks

Updated: November 20, 2013, 2:19 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

Marqise LeeJeff Gross/Getty ImagesNow healthy after dealing with a gimpy knee, Marqise Lee looks explosive once again.

This week, don't just check out the Big Board. I also updated my ranking of the top prospects at every position group, for both juniors and seniors. One of the highlights of the Big Board is the rise of Marqise Lee, who has put together very good recent performances. Lee has fought through an at times frustrating junior year, with the early season dominated by a lack of targets as USC's QB battle played out, followed by an injury to his knee that had him out for a few weeks.

Lee now looks closer to 100 percent, and is showing off his explosiveness after the catch, a trait that makes him such a great prospect given that he already brings a refined game as a route-runner and pass-catcher. It'll be interesting to see how teams view him next to Clemson's Sammy Watkins.

As always, scouting reports remain similar week to week, with updates on matchups. Asterisks denote juniors; two asterisks denote redshirt sophomores.

1
Jadeveon Clowney *
AGE: 20
DOB: 2/14/93
HT: 6-6
WT: 265
POS: DE
Tkl 23
Sack 2.0
Int 0

Make no mistake -- Clowney's lack of counting stats will be under the microscope. I just think people will see that "productivity" can often lie. Clowney has the quickness to beat people at the point of attack, the strength and strong hands to shed blocks and can pursue all over. He's not just an edge rusher looking to quickly turn the corner, as he beats average tackles both inside and outside, which prompts many double-teams. Teams make a great effort to neutralize him.

PREVIOUS RANK: No. 1 | PLAYER CARD

2
Anthony Barr
AGE: 21
DOB: 3/18/92
HT: 6-4
WT: 244
POS: OLB
Tkl 51
Sack 7.0
Int 0

Barr's return for his senior season will be an unequivocal success if he can stay healthy. He's remained a disruptive force even with added attention, and become a better player. He's a good pass-rusher, but I love his pursuit when the play runs away from him. A former fullback, he has a powerful lower half and has a long frame and reach. He could have left for the NFL in the spring, but more seasoning has him in great shape for 2014.

PREVIOUS RANK: No. 2 | PLAYER CARD

3
Jake Matthews
AGE: 21
DOB: 2/11/92
HT: 6-5
WT: 305
POS: OT
GP 10
GS 10

A complete left tackle prospect with experience and a feisty, competitive nature. He's part of a great prospect tandem with Cedric Ogbuehi, who holds down right tackle. He's an intense worker and has great NFL bloodlines; his father, brother and two cousins have played in the league. Has strong skills as both a pass-protector and a finisher in the run game.

PREVIOUS RANK: No. 3 | PLAYER CARD

Mel Kiper Jr.

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