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Kiper's 2017 Big Board: Introducing a new No. 1 QB

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In this edition of my Big Board: a new No. 1 quarterback and two Pac-12 defensive linemen make their debuts.

A reminder: General scouting reports on these players won't change week to week unless my overall evaluation changes. I'll simply be updating performance notes and providing updates on key matchups to come.

One asterisk denotes a junior, and two asterisks denote a redshirt sophomore for the 2016 season.

1. *Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

Garrett, still dealing with the effects of a high ankle sprain, had a few more tackles for loss in the Aggies' loss to Alabama, though he didn't sack Jalen Hurts. Facing a really good offensive line, he still looked like one of the best players on the field. At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, Garrett has the length, strength and ability to bend the edge. He's a brilliant, natural pass-rusher and is up to 26.0 career sacks. He looks like a top-five lock.

2. *Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

Fournette had one of those special games in Saturday's win over Ole Miss, with 284 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just 16 carries. That's 17.8 yards per carry. He's really special when he's healthy -- that was an issue the first half of the season, but he looks much more fluid after being limited by a gimpy ankle. He has an incredible combination of size, speed and power that can make him look like a varsity player hanging with the JV. Mileage was a concern heading into the season, so the ankle injury could benefit him in NFL scouts' eyes. He had a whopping 300 carries in 2015.