ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has released an updated big board with a pretty big, but not surprising, change at the top.
Ole Miss Rebel Robert Nkemdiche is no longer the No. 1 rated player. Instead, that spot now belongs to the man who had it to start the season, Ohio State’s Joey Bosa.
Kiper credits Bosa’s rise back to the top for his dominating play over the last few weeks. He’s an all-around defensive player that is just as good at rushing the quarterback as he is stopping the run. He has the skill to play in any scheme in the NFL, and plays even bigger than his 6’6″, 275 lb. frame dictates.
Bosa may only have 40 tackles and four sacks this year, but when you are constantly being triple teamed by offensive linemen, it’s expected that numbers will be down.
At No. 2 on Kiper’s board is Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch.
The darling of the NFL Draft has skyrocketed over the the past three months, and is now the top QB available next year according to Kiper. He not only has arm strength and arm speed, but is the perfect specimen when thinking of what an NFL QB should look like. He even has the ability to move when needed a la Ben Roethlisberger.
Rounding out the top three is the former number one player, Nkemdiche. He has the talent to be a dominant player at the next level, but consistency is the big issue with the former top-rated high school player in the country. He has speed that would make you think he’s much smaller than 295 lbs., but again, it’s all about what he can do on a play-to-play basis. And Kiper, through the better part of the season, hasn’t seen enough to warrant him being in that top spot.
Still, to be sitting in the top three is still a great achievement in its own right.