Rivers makes debut

My new Big Board features two new prospects: N.C. State QB Philip Rivers and CB Ricardo Colclough of D-II Tusculum. Ole Miss QB Eli Manning remains No. 1.

Originally Published: November 21, 2003
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
BIG BOARD: Kiper's Top 25 senior NFL prospects | Nov. 21
My Big Board features two new prospects this week: N.C. State QB Philip Rivers makes his debut at No. 25, while CB Ricardo Colclough (of D-II Tusculum) enters my Top 25 at No. 19. Rivers' production has been amazing, and Colclough would be a star at any major college.

1. Eli Manning, QB, Ole Miss (6-4, 210) | previous ranking: same
Manning began the season at the No. 4 spot on my Big Board, and now he's up to No. 1. Why? It's due to the cumulative effect of his fantastic season. He makes plays at crunch time. He has an outstanding arm and possesses tremendous pocket awareness. He has stepped up his intensity in the huddle as well as his leadership on and off the field. He's accurate, poised and intelligent. After adding weight and strength last offseason, Manning has Ole Miss on the verge of accomplishing a first in school football history ... winning the SEC West and going to the SEC championship game.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst
Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.