A few surprises in Mel Kiper's big board update

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 3: Head coach Nick Saban and defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick #21 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during pre-game with the Kent State Golden Flashes on September 3, 2011 at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Kent State 48-7. (Photo by Greg McWilliams/Getty Images)

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper updated his big board earlier in the week and there are a few notable happenings.

Namely, Kiper dropped Alabama junior cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick from 14th to 20 in the 25-player list. Kirkpatrick gave up a couple of plays last week against Kent State last week. Still, his raw talent and size to be a superstar.

On Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio today, Kiper said that Kirkpatrick needs "to step up and play better throughout the season."

An even bigger dropper in Kiper's ratings is Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, who went from No. 9 to No. 19.

The big gainers for Kiper were Clemson defensive tackle Brandon Thompson (No. 16) and Oklahoma defensive end Ronnell Lewis. Neither were ranked before this week.

Predictably (and justifiably) Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck remains Kiper's No. 1 overall prospect followed by North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples.

Read Kiper's full big board here, but don't forget that it's In$ider content.

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