Smith remains at No. 1

DE Marcus Spears and WR Reggie Brown are among the new entries in Mel Kiper's updated first-round projection.

Originally Published: February 8, 2005
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
MOCK DRAFT: Mel Kiper's Latest First-Round Projection | Feb. 8

The Senior Bowl and Super Bowl have both come and gone, which means it's time to update my projections for the first round of the NFL draft.

Utah quarterback Alex Smith still looks like the No. 1 pick, but there are some new entries on the list. Washington offensive tackle Khalif Barnes, Troy outside linebacker Demarcus Ware and Georgia wide receiver Reggie Brown have all worked their way into the first round while LSU defensive end Marcus Spears makes his debut all the way up at No. 10.

In all, there are 11 underclassmen among my first 32 picks, including a pair of third-year sophomores. Auburn and Oklahoma each have three players on the list -- including two of the top 10 for the Tigers -- while Texas, USC, Florida State and Wisconsin all have two players on my firsr-round board.

Here's how they fall into order:

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.