Roy Williams has inside track for No. 1 in '04

Texas WR Roy Williams has the inside track to be the No. 1 pick in the 2004 draft.

Updated: May 23, 2003, 5:22 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. |
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Roy Williams
Q: Who's your No. 1 pick for next year's draft: Eli Manning or Roy Williams?
I think Roy Williams is. He's 6-4, 215 pounds and a great athletic receiver. The only drawback is his health. He needs to stay healthy next season. He's going into a great situation at Texas in 2003 with two very good QBs in Chance Mauck and Vincent Young.

The '03 Longhorns look great, with WR B.J. Johnson lining up opposite Williams, Cedric Benson rushing and either one of those QBs starting. That's a great offensive group, and I think it helps Williams enter the season as the best player in the country.

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.