Mel Kiper Big Board January 3, 2008

1. Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU (6-2, 292) | Previous: Same
Disruptive force along the interior. If there is one non-skill position player fans should watch, Dorsey is the one because, despite constant double-teams, he is always making plays or opening up space for his teammates. 2. Jake Long, OT, Michigan (6-6, 320) | Previous: Same
Top-drawer left- or right-tackle prospect. 3. Chris Long, DE, Virginia (6-4, 282) | Previous: Same
A 3-4 defensive end with great bloodlines who understands leverage and uses his hands as well as any D-lineman in the country. 4. Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College (6-4, 223) | Previous: Same
He has the size and arm to wow the NFL brass during testing. 5. Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC (6-1, 297) | Previous: Same
Tampa Bay Bucs-style DT with superior quickness and a nonstop motor. 6. Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina (6-4, 298) | Previous: 7
Unbelievably talented player who is primed for a breakout season. 7. Sam Baker, OT, USC (6-4½, 310) | Previous: 9
Exceptional pass-blocker with superb technique. 8. Dan Connor, LB, Penn State (6-2½, 231) | Previous: 6
Big-play performer who always seems to be around the ball. 9. Fred Davis, USC (6-4, 253) | Previous: 13
Productive, consistent and multi-talented. He’s caught five or more passes in eight of 13 games, while also doing a very capable job as an inline blocker. Davis stretches the deep middle of the field with big plays, while bringing excellent physical and athletic skills to the tight end spot. 10. Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt (6-5½, 318) | Previous: Same
Top-drawer talent, possessing superior athleticism and good feet to neutralize outside pass-rushers. 11. Keith Rivers, LB, USC (6-3, 233) | Previous: Same
He has the skill set to become a super blue-chipper. Rivers isn’t spectacular, but he’s a solid all-around player. 12. Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville (6-3, 223) Previous: 17
He’s a polished pure passer, but durability and mobility are concerns. 13. Ali Highsmith, LB, LSU (6-1, 225) | Previous: 14
Showed tremendous potential in 2005 before taking a step back as a junior. Highsmith re-established himself as one of the top linebackers in the SEC. 14. Limas Sweed, WR, Texas (6-4, 217) | Previous: 19
TD-maker who plays fast with pads on. Sweed is out for the season following a wrist injury, but he proved his playmaking skills over his career. 15. Jeff Otah, OT, Pittsburgh (6-5, 339) | Previous: 20
Light on his feet for a huge bookend, Otah is still developing. He played only one year in high school and two at the junior college level. He also played basketball in junior college and is a tremendous athlete. His upside and potential are going to excite offensive line coaches in the NFL. 16. Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida (5-11½, 202) | Previous: 8
He has excellent recovery speed and the toughness you look for in a cornerback. His size allows him to match up with an opponent’s No. 1 wide receiver. 17. Lawrence Jackson, DE, USC (6-4, 266) | Previous: 18
A strong finish to 2006 carried over to 2007. Jackson is a decent pass-rusher but is solid against the run. He’s also strong at the point of attack. 18. Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy (5-10½, 185) | Previous: 16
Not only a very good cover man with superior recovery ability (runs in the 4.38 range) and the aggressiveness to get the job done in run support, McKelvin has made a name for himself as the top return man in the entire nation. He’s also stood out this season in games against the likes of Arkansas, Florida, Oklahoma State and Georgia. With his speed and versatility, McKelvin will bring a great deal of value to a football team. 19. Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina (5-10½, 200) | Previous: Unranked
Fast and versatile, Johnson is a decisive and hard-nosed runner with game-breaking ability. He’s also an excellent pass receiver and dangerous kickoff returner. His 4.35 speed in the 40-yard dash will turn some heads at the combine and at individual workouts. 20. Bruce Davis, LB, UCLA (6-2¼, 233) | Previous: Unranked
A difference-maker who will be an ideal DE/OLB in a three-four defense in the NFL because of his athleticism and ability to put pressure on the quarterback. 21. Early Doucet, WR, LSU (5-11½, 205) | Previous: 24
Super-talented, is LSU’s go-to option this season, although he has been slowed by injuries. Still he has the quickness and natural receiving skills to play on the outside or as a slot receiver in the NFL. 22. Tracy Porter, CB, Indiana (5-10½, 183) | Previous: 12
Not only a skilled coverman, but Porter — a four-year starter — is a dynamic punt returner as well. 23. Quentin Groves, DE, Auburn (6-3, 251) | Previous: 15
Speed rusher with the talent to rank as one of the more feared sack artists in the nation. 24. Carl Nicks, OT, Nebraska (6-5, 345) | Previous rank: 25
For a bookend offensive lineman, Nicks is extremely light on his feet. After stops at New Mexico State and a junior college, Nicks dramatically improved his draft stock in 2007. 25. Donnie Avery, Houston, WR, Houston (5-11, 185) | Previous: Unranked
Possesses excellent hands, has great footwork and is very dynamic in the open field after the catch. Also has blistering speed in the 40-yard dash, 4.35. DROPPED
Chris Ellis, DE, Virginia Tech (6-4½, 259) | Previous: 21
Played with a lot more consistency in 2007. Ellis has 8½ sacks and 38 quarterback hurries heading into the Orange Bowl. Mike Hart, RB, Michigan (5-8, 200) | Previous: 22
He may not look impressive when it comes to size and speed, but Hart is a true gamer. Not only does he take great care of the ball, but Hart is deceptively strong and has been extremely consistent throughout his career. Charles Godfrey, CB, Iowa (6-0½, 208) | Previous: 23
A big cover cornerback who has played safety as well. He’s one of the fastest corners and has great recovery speed, which is needed in the NFL.

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