A chiseled 6-3, 220-pounder with 4.4 speed over 40 yards, Washington probably would've been a top-five pick if not for a neck injury last October that caused his draft stock to drop a bit.
Kiper, who is part of the ESPN announcing crew that will televise and analyze the draft -- scheduled Saturday and Sunday -- lists his top 25 draft picks in order on the espn.com website. He calls the list ''Mel's Big Board.''
His top seven picks, in order, are:
1. Southern Cal quarterback Carson Palmer
Oddly enough, four of Kiper's top seven picks -- Rogers, Robertson, Suggs and Johnson -- are juniors.