- Mel Kiper Jr., Football analyst
This week, a handful of new names are on the Big Board. One of them, Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro, is on the board for the first time, and he has a chance to be a lock for the first round. As for moves, the quarterback class doesn't offer a prospect higher than No. 14 after the top two quarterbacks dip again this week.
As you read below, the scouting perspective will remain similar week to week, but I'll note performance and matchup highlights. Plus, here are my junior prospect rankings and my senior prospect rankings. Juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.
Jarvis Jones *
An explosive, disciplined, relentless edge rusher who profiles as a 3-4 OLB but doesn't need to come off the field. He has a quick first step and violent hands; he tackles well and closes fast. Solid against the run and can really cover. A dominant stretch since his groin has been healthy.
LAST WEEK: 1 | PLAYER CARD
Te'o is the driving force of his team along with a young, talented D-line. The top interior linebacker in the 2013 draft class, he has exceptional instincts and can attack the backfield. Te'o is a big, strong, prepared tackling presence in the middle of the field. Reads plays well and gets through traffic.
LAST WEEK: 2 | PLAYER CARD
Consistently at the center of what opposing offenses must work around, he absorbs so much blocking help. Demands double-teams and clogs the middle of the field. A great sense for disrupting the run game, with power to bull rush. Quick off the ball with great upper-body strength. Coaches rave about him.
LAST WEEK: 3 | PLAYER CARD
Damontre Moore *
Had a sack against Bama, making that six straight games with one and nine of 10 games overall. Consistent performer. Versatile, Moore has adjusted well to playing as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. Excels as a pass-rusher, able to dip hips, turn the corner and use quickness and length to bother tackles.
LAST WEEK: 4 | PLAYER CARD
Luke Joeckel *
Gave Johnny Manziel consistent protection, and his stock is as high as it's been. Joeckel has a lot of experience, starting on the left since his freshman season. Best in pass protection and won't get rattled by speed or secondary moves at this level. Not an elite athlete, but a good technician who can move really well.
LAST WEEK: 5 | PLAYER CARD
1dEric D. Williams