Kiper rates Kelley No. 20
Kelley Washington
Kelley Washington

Posted Apr 22, 2003

Noted talent scout Mel Kiper, Jr., rates Tennessee's Kelley Washington the No. 20 prospect in this year's NFL draft. Washington is the only Vol listed among Kiper's top 25 prospects.

Beneath Washington's name is the notation: ''Big receiver presents matchup nightmares.''

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 website. He calls the list ''Mel's Big Board.''

His top seven picks, in order, are:

1. Southern Cal quarterback Carson Palmer

2. Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers

3. Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich

4. Kentucky defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson

5. Kansas State cornerback Terence Newman

6. Arizona State defensive end Terrell Suggs

7. Miami receiver Andre Johnson

Oddly enough, four of Kiper's top seven picks -- Rogers, Robertson, Suggs and Johnson -- are juniors.

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