- Mel Kiper Jr., Football analyst
For years, I've tried to update the top five NFL prospects at each position, for both the junior and senior classes, each week from the beginning of the college football season right up until the draft. Enough of that. This year I decided to do something different. I'll now be ranking the top 10 NFL draft prospects at each position -- with all draft-eligible players included in the same ranking -- just a few times during the season.
For one, it's more helpful to see the juniors, seniors and occasional draft-eligible sophomores all together, just as you see them in the NFL draft. Second, trying to watch enough football and talk to enough evaluators to readjust the rankings every week just got ridiculous.
So here goes with the first version for the 2013 season. The Big Board, of course, will still be updated each week. Below, you have the quarterback rankings.
Note that one asterisk denotes a junior; two asterisks denote a draft-eligible sophomore.
He plays beyond his experience level in terms of his ability to manipulate the pocket, make reads across the field and deliver the ball on time -- with great ball placement -- and often throwing his receivers open. He needs work with progressions but is graded so high because the ceiling is so high. He's still learning, and he's already very good. Was sixth nationally in completion percentage last year at 68.5 percent, and threw just eight INTs.
1dEric D. Williams