Clayton, Roth impressive in Mobile

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper assesses the top draft needs of all 32 NFL teams, including many that need defensive linemen.

Originally Published: January 26, 2005
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
Practice week at the Senior Bowl is all about identifying the top two or three players. It's a great setting to determine how prospects respond to competition and who can thrive in an NFL-type environment. Two players have definitely answered that challenge.

Mark Clayton
Dan Anderson/ESPN.comMark Clayton would be a great weapon for Kyle Boller.
Oklahoma wide receiver Mark Clayton has been the best offensive player on the field. He has great feet, runs good routes and has phenomenal hands. He completely schooled Howard DB Ronald Bartell Jr. Clayton is not real tall or fast, but he is quick and ready to play. He is solidifying himself as a late first-round pick.

Iowa lineman Matt Roth has been the best defensive player on the field. He is a relentless, determined pass rusher. Roth is quick off the ball. He basically beats the offensive tackle out of his stance. Roth is fiery and intense. I think he is the best defensive player at the Senior Bowl and a solid first rounder.

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.