Rolle to No. 2, RBs rising

Miami CB Antrel Rolle is now at No. 2 and a trio of running backs are lurking on Mel Kiper's list of the top 25 draft-eligible prospects.

Originally Published: October 6, 2004
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider
BIG BOARD: Kiper's Top 25 NFL prospects | Oct. 6

Running backs are making noise on the Big Board this week with three among the top six after Cedric Benson of Texas and Auburn's Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams all had big weekends in wins for their teams.

Still, two of the top three players are from the defensive side of the ball, and a pair of defensive ends round out the top 10. Wisconsin end Erasmus James continues to rocket up the board, debuting at No. 23 two weeks ago and jumping all the way to No. 9 this week.

Oklahoma defensive end Dan Cody is back this week, but he and the rest of the players on this list who will play in the Texas-OU game Saturday will all need big showings to retain their standing.

Here's how my list of the top 25 draft-eligible prospects looks this week:

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.