Kiper's 2017 Big Board: Top-ranked Tide dominate rankings

In this edition of my Big Board: A new Alabama defender makes his debut, and a quarterback drops out.

A reminder: General scouting reports on these players won't change week to week unless my overall evaluation changes. I'll simply be updating performance notes and providing updates on key matchups to come.

One asterisk denotes a junior, and two asterisks denote a redshirt sophomore for the 2016 season.

1. *Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

Garrett suffered a high ankle sprain in late September and has missed two games since, including the blowout win over New Mexico State two weeks ago. In the Aggies' upset loss to Mississippi State over the weekend, he didn't look like himself. The injury has taken away some of the explosion that makes him such a promising talent. This shouldn't affect Garrett's draft status, though, if the injury doesn't linger past January. At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, he has the length, strength and ability to bend the edge. He's a brilliant, natural pass-rusher who looks like a top-five lock.

2. *Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

A week after rushing for 284 yards and three touchdowns on just 16 carries against Ole Miss, Fournette was shut down by Alabama, rushing for 35 yards on 17 carries. The Tigers managed only 125 yards, and they didn't score a point. That says more about LSU's offensive struggles and Alabama's defensive dominance, though. Don't worry about Fournette. He's really special when he's healthy -- that was an issue the first half of the season, but he looks much more fluid after being limited by a gimpy ankle. At 6-1, 235 pounds, he has an incredible combination of size, speed and power that can make him look like a varsity player hanging with the JV. Mileage was a concern heading into the season, so the ankle injury could benefit him in NFL scouts' eyes. He had a whopping 300 carries in 2015.