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Manning up to No. 2

Ole Miss QB Eli Manning has ascended to the No. 2 spot on my Big Board, right behind Texas WR Roy Williams.

Updated: November 11, 2003, 1:07 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
BIG BOARD: Kiper's Top 25 senior NFL prospects | Oct. 24
Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning has ascended to the No. 2 spot on my Big Board, right behind Texas wide receiver Roy Williams. Two new additions, UCLA defensive tackle Rodney Leslie and USC cornerback Will Poole, check in at Nos. 23 and 24.

1. Roy Williams, WR, Texas (6-4, 213) | previous ranking: same
Williams is a brilliant talent who has excelled this season despite a lack of consistent quarterback play. Texas runs a conservative offense that isn't especially sophisticated in its passing schemes. I expect Williams to hold on to the top spot on my Big Board throughout the draft process. Depending on the juniors who declare early for the draft, he might drop -- but he'll likely remain in the top three overall. There's no question that Williams is the best senior prospect in the nation (and remember, until juniors actually declare after the season is done, I don't rank them). So Williams remains the clear No. 1.

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