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ESPN's Mel Kiper Reveals His No. 1 Player In College Football

Mel Kiper gives NFL Draft analysis on ESPN.


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.