These days, we tend to search for value virtually everywhere we turn. We look it at the grocery store, when searching for healthcare, at the car lot and even in fantasy football.
Believe it or not, NFL executives look for value in the real draft as well and the potential payoffs can be huge (even more than in fantasy, no matter how badly you want to beat uncle Earl).
The league's most successful franchises find value with their draft picks and not just those in the early rounds. Finding the right pieces in later rounds can help a team immediately improve its talent pool, its roster depth and its plans for the future. Wasting picks, even late ones, on non-contributors can be a quick way to steer a franchise into the ground.
This is why value is important. That seventh-round wide receiver might not necessarily be the next Marques Colston, but that doesn't mean he can't help your team.
Over the next few pages, we'll take a look at some of the most underrated prospects at each position in next month's draft and rank them according to (what else?) their potential value.