Roethlisberger debuts

Miami-Ohio junior QB Ben Roethlisberger makes his debut in my updated Big Board at No. 3.

Originally Published: December 23, 2003
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
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Miami-Ohio junior QB Ben Roethlisberger, who declared for the draft after a stellar GMAC Bowl performance, makes his debut in my updated Big Board (at No. 3).

Roethlisberger was a wide receiver until his senior year of high school, so he wasn't heavily recruited. But he's emerged as a potential top-five pick overall following a remarkable year.

Another junior, Arkansas OT Shawn Andrews, has also declared since my last Big Board (he debuts at No. 9). I project the massive Andrews as an early-to-mid first rounder.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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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.