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Kiper & McShay pick first-round sleepers for the 2020 NFL draft

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Smith's record day leads Alabama over Ole Miss (3:13)

Junior DeVonta Smith ties an SEC record with five TD catches and sets the school mark with 274 yards as the second-ranked Tide roll 59-31. (3:13)

Five weeks into the college football season seems like a good time to start identifying prospects who could play Round 1 sleeper in April's 2020 NFL draft. Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay go back and forth naming some talented players who are lurking just outside their first 32 picks. One such player jumped out this weekend with a career day for Alabama.

See who Mel and Todd think have first-round upside, along with their draft board risers and under-the-radar prospects to keep an eye on.


FIRST-ROUND SLEEPERS

DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

OK, so maybe we can't call Smith a sleeper anymore. No, not after he had five touchdown catches in Saturday's rout of Ole Miss. And these weren't easy TDs -- he scored on plays of 74, 25, 23, 33 and 27 yards.

Best known for his walk-off 41-yard touchdown catch in the national title game as a true freshman, Smith isn't as fast as Henry Ruggs III or as explosive as Jerry Jeudy, but he has smooth speed and creates separation on every route. He has also shown the ability to break tackles in space, and he's a good route runner. At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, he still has room to grow into his body.

This is a really deep class of receivers, and I want to see what Smith runs at the combine. Right now, I have him graded as a second-round pick, but he could definitely rise. Tua Tagovailoa has incredible weapons, and Bama could have three first-round receivers. -- Kiper

Quartney Davis, WR, Texas A&M