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2020 NFL draft rankings: Kiper's top prospects at every position

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Kiper has Tua ranked No. 4 on his Big Board (1:01)

Mel Kiper Jr. shares why he ranked Tua Tagovailoa as his No. 1 quarterback and the No. 4 overall player on his 2020 NFL draft Big Board. (1:01)

After unveiling my early Big Board for the 2020 NFL draft, let's get to my first set of position rankings.

You'll notice I have separated seniors and underclassmen, and the reason is simple: The seniors are at least guaranteed to be in the draft process based on eligibility, so they deserve to be separate for now. The underclassmen could obviously choose to return and play more college football. I'll merge these rankings in the fall as we get closer to the draft in Las Vegas next April.

Here we go:

Top prospects by position

Quarterbacks

Seniors

1. Justin Herbert, Oregon
2. Nate Stanley, Iowa
3. Steven Montez, Colorado
4. Jake Bentley, South Carolina
5. Bryce Perkins, Virginia

Stanley has the tools to be an NFL starter -- and Todd McShay put him in his mock draft -- but he isn't a consistent passer. Can he take the next step in 2019?

Underclassmen

1. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
2. Jake Fromm, Georgia
3. Jacob Eason, Washington
4. K.J. Costello, Stanford
5. Jordan Love, Utah State

Eason looked like an intriguing prospect as a freshman at Georgia in 2016, but Fromm took his job after he got injured, and Eason transferred to Washington. At 6-foot-6, 227 pounds, Eason is one to watch this season as he takes over as the starter.

Running backs

Seniors

1. Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt
2. Zack Moss, Utah
3. Scottie Phillips, Ole Miss
4. Patrick Taylor Jr., Memphis
5. Joshua Kelley, UCLA

Vaughn averaged 7.9 yards per carry last season, and I thought he might enter the 2019 draft. Taylor will become Memphis' primary back after Darrell Henderson and Tony Pollard were both drafted.

Underclassmen