Big Board has Aggies rising

Manziel vaults, Evans returns to Mel's ranking of top pro prospects

Updated: November 13, 2013, 1:06 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

Getty ImagesTexas A&M QB Johnny Manziel (left) and WR Mike Evans are on the rise.

There are perfectly legitimate concerns about how Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans will perform on Sundays. Manziel's gift for improvisation can't be a primary tool at the next level, or he won't hold up physically. Evans is an impossible matchup physically, but his burst and ability to separate from elite corners is a concern. But on Saturdays? These two are special, and they've shown plenty enough to be considered possible first-round picks in May. Their great traits outweigh the questions.

There's no such thing as a perfect prospect, after all. It's just a matter of whether the great traits will be developed and the lesser ones overcome. Both of these guys have a chance, and both move up this week.

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 28
Sack 2.0
Int 0

Productivity in terms of counting stats is light, but you can see his effect on offenses. Clowney has the quickness to beat people at the point of attack, 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 44
Sack 6.0
Int 0

Now up to 13.0 tackles for loss, but has shown more of a complete game even as he's disruptive. I also 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. 3 | PLAYER CARD

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

It's been a steady year, and his return to A&M should make him some money. 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. 4 | PLAYER CARD

Mel Kiper Jr.

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