RB Jones debuts

Junior RB Kevin Jones, who has declared for the draft, enters my Big Board at No. 8. QB Eli Manning remains No. 1.

Originally Published: December 5, 2003
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
BIG BOARD: Kiper's Top 25 NFL prospects | Dec. 5
The big news on my Big Board this week is the addition of Virginia Tech junior RB Kevin Jones. As those who follow my senior draft board know, I don't include juniors unless they declare for the NFL draft. This week, Jones did just that, and he enters my Top 25 at No. 8 (he's the first junior on this year's board).

The other brand-new member of my Big Board is Iowa safety Bob Sanders, one of the nation's best defenders pound-for-pound. Sanders debuts at No. 23.

Two seniors re-enter my board this week after dropping off earlier this season: Oregon State DT Dwan Edwards (at No. 12) and Michigan RB Chris Perry (No. 16). Two other seniors are not on my board right now but are right on the cusp of the Top 25: Florida OT Max Starks (6-7, 344) and Oregon State WR James Newson.

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.