ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper has unveiled his updated Big Board for the 2015 NFL Draft just in time for the start of the college football season.
Topping Kiper’s Top 25 list of players is reigning Heisman Trophy winner and national champion Jameis Winston of Florida State. Winston will be eligible to bolt for the NFL Draft after this season in Tallahassee, and many expect that he will do just that.
Here is what Kiper had to say about Winston:
A product of both special instincts for the position and good training, Winston’s natural gifts are clear — size, arm strength, athleticism — but so is the ability to manipulate the pocket, see pressure early and deliver the ball to the right target. Winston does have areas to improve, however, with consistent ball placement a notable one. His off-field decision-making will be scrutinized as well, and that will certainly factor into his draft status when he declares, which might not be in 2015.
The top ten of Kiper’s Big Board doesn’t have too many surprises, with the likes of Winston, Marcus Mariota, Cedric Ogbuechi, Brandon Scherff and Vic Beasley landing in the top ten.
You can check out the top ten below:
1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
2. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
3. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
4. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
5. Leonard Williams, DE, USC
6. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
7. Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
8. Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
9. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
10. Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
For Kiper’s full Top 25 Big Board which is available with ESPN Insider, click here.
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