Mock Draft III: Boller moves up

Mel Kiper still expects Carson Palmer to be the top pick in the NFL draft, but Kyle Boller is movin' on up.

Originally Published: April 4, 2003
By Mel Kiper Jr.
April 4 | Editor's Note:'s Mel Kiper Jr. offers his newest first-round projection (to compare, check out Mock Draft I and Mock Draft II). The draft takes place Saturday, April 26 (rounds 1-3) and Sunday, April 27 (rounds 4-7).

With the NFL draft less than a month away, I'm unveiling my third first-round projection for the 2003 NFL draft. My new projection has 10 underclassmen (*) in the first round (including four of the top six). Here's my updated forecast:

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst
Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.