- 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 wide receivers.
Note that one asterisk denotes a junior; two asterisks denote a draft-eligible sophomore.
He lacks the elite size of some recent top-10 picks such as A.J. Green and Julio Jones, but Lee can more than match the productivity of any recent elite prospect at the position and has proved to be unstoppable even when teams are focused on him. I think he would have been taken high if he'd had the chance to leave in 2012. The challenge in 2013 will be working with a new QB for the first time.
18hEric D. Williams
1dDan Graziano and Adam Caplan