Senior Bowl shuffles rankings

The Senior Bowl is over, underclassmen have declared and it's time for Mel Kiper to rank the top five draft prospects at each position.

Originally Published: January 31, 2005
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
(previous rank in parentheses)

The Senior Bowl not only shook up my Big Board of the top 25 NFL draft prospects, but also my listing of the top five prospects at each position.

Quarterbacks Jason Campbell of Auburn and Charlie Frye of Akron both looked good at the Senior Bowl, but Campbell edged ahead of Frye thanks to a more consistent week of practice. Oklahoma wide receiver Mark Clayton also looked good and got himself into position to challenge for the No. 3 spot among this year's wideout class. But the biggest moves on offense were made along the line. Washington tackle Khalif Barnes and Utah guard Chris Kemoeatu both rank No. 2 at their position after being unranked the last time around.

On the defensive side, LSU's Marcus Spears looked very good at the Senior Bowl and is back among the top ends while Troy's Demarcus Ware has bulked up a bit and now rates as a top outside linebacker. Three of the five names at safety are new to the rankings as well.

Here's the complete breakdown:

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.