ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper has named his No. 1 player in college football heading into the 2018 regular season, which is about to get fully underway.
Kiper, unsurprisingly, is going with a star defensive lineman.
Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, a former five-star recruit, is No. 1 on Kiper's big board.
1. Ed Oliver, DT, Houston*
Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 292 pounds
Oliver is just relentless on tape. He never quits. He's the best interior pass-rusher in this class, though he's not quite AaronDonald, even though those are the comps he's going to get. Oliver uses a quick first step to wreck plays before they can even get started -- he has 39 tackles for loss in two seasons.
Houston and Oliver are set to kick off on Saturday against Rice at noon.
You can view Kiper's full rankings here.