Winslow, Taylor debut

Two Miami juniors debut on my Big Board: safety Sean Taylor (No. 5) and tight end Kellen Winslow (No. 6).

Originally Published: January 2, 2004
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
BIG BOARD: Kiper's Top 25 NFL prospects | Jan. 2
Two more juniors, both from Miami-Florida, debut on my Big Board after declaring for the NFL draft: safety Sean Taylor (at No. 5) and tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. (at No. 6). Each could end up being a top-five pick in the first round. Eight juniors who have declared for the draft are in my Top 25 (and seven are in the top 11).

1. Eli Manning, QB, Ole Miss (6-4, 210) | previous ranking: same
Manning 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. Manning began the season at No. 4 on my Big Board. His situation this year is comparable to Carson Palmer's last year. Palmer rose up the draft board and wound up becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft (to the Cincinnati Bengals). If Manning had declared for the draft last year, he could have been a late first-rounder. He's the younger brother of Colts QB Peyton Manning.

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.