And to some fans, Kiper’s top SEC player might be a suprise to some. It isn’t LSU defensive end Arden Key or superstar running back Derrius Guice. They come in at No. 9 and No. 11.
It isn’t Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick either, as he comes in at No. 8. It’s actually Fitzpatrick’s teammate Calvin Ridley, who is Kiper’s No. 7 ranked prospect.
Ridley doesn’t have the production numbers that Christian Kirk, Kiper’s No. 15 ranked prospect, but Ridley has speed, and a size advantage over Kirk, for days.
“What I really like about him is his competitiveness. He’s a nightmare to try to tackle in the open field. He torched Florida State’s talented secondary in the season opener with seven catches for 82 yards and a touchdown,,” Kiper said of Ridley.
The draft expert has Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen as his top 3 prospects. Saquon Barkely is the highest ranked non-quarterback, as the Penn State product comes in at no. 4.
There are 6 SEC players in Kiper Jr’s top 25 players.
Mel Kiper Jr’s top ranked SEC players:
7. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
8. Minkah Fitzpatrik,S, Alabama
9. Arden Key, DE/OLB LSU
11. Derrius Guice, RB LSU
15. Christian Kirk, WR Texas A&M
22. Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama