Undoubtedly, all of these guys are talented and warrant the hype by the media and fans. But there are plenty of solid prospects that everyone is looking over—guys that could truly end up being bona fide steals in this year's draft.
Here's a look at five guys who should be getting more attention, and at the very least, some much deserved respect:
Zac Robinson, QB, Oklahoma State
Let's just come out and say it: Robinson is a fairly athletic white kid who had a down year after losing some elite talent, and now draft scouts are uncertain about his talent.
Robinson may have seen his numbers dip considerably, but that's what losing Brandon Pettigrew to the 2009 NFL Draft and Bryant to suspension will do to you.
Robinson's athleticism and speed aren't overrated, either, as he has extremely underrated athleticism and has some of the best speed of all the quarterbacks in the draft.
His main knock has been his accuracy and decision making, along with a clear inability to make things happen without elite weapons around him.
Considering he won't be taken until all the over-hyped passers are off the board, Robinson figures to land somewhere where a quarterback is already firmly in place as the starter, allowing him to sit back, learn, and grow.
If he gets that chance to stick somewhere and develop some more, there's nothing to say he can't become a reliable starter at the next level.
Honorable Mention: Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan
Joe McKnight, RB, USC
McKnight is inexperienced and has had trouble staying healthy throughout his college career. Add in failed Reggie Bush comparisons, and a lot of NFL teams are ready to pass on his immense talent.
Regardless, the hype is definitely there, and while McKnight didn't turn out to be anything close to Bush at the NCAA level, that could actually work to his advantage.
He's an extremely explosive and quick runner, allowing him to stop on a dime and change direction. His speed and acceleration are good enough to transition well into the next level, making him a potentially perfect situational runner, as well as an asset in the return game.
He needs some fine tuning and more experience, but he's being overlooked by many teams, and currently projects to be picked in the mid-to-late second round. And he could drop even further.
Considering how high several teams value C.J. Spiller and Jahvid Best, players with similar skill sets, any team would be lucky to land McKnight, a performer with just as much potential and ability, but for a much cheaper price.
Honorable Mention: Charles Scott, RB, LSU
Chris McGaha, WR, Arizona State
McGaha is simply not a guy you will hear about much leading up to the 2010 NFL Draft, and is even less likely to be hearing his name called before the fourth round.
While McGaha can probably bank on a team taking a late-round flier on him, his overall talent is going unnoticed, mostly due to his lack of elite numbers in an arguably weak conference.
Regardless, McGaha has routinely displayed solid speed and explosion off the line, while possessing excellent hands and route-running ability. He has developed into a fairly polished receiver with the willingness, body control, and strength to go over the middle of the field and make plays.
While McGaha's decent numbers and solid tape still only suggest he is nothing more than an "overachiever" and a "great team player," his elite NFL Combine proved otherwise, possibly vaulting him up some teams' draft boards.
McGaha found himself within the top five performers in both the Bench Press and the Vertical Leap, while also posting a very solid 40-time of 4.50 seconds.
He's a vastly underrated receiver in the mold of former Oregon State star Mike Hass, although much stronger and more physical.
Honorable Mention: Riley Cooper, WR, Florida
Chris Cook, CB, Virginia
Even beyond Haden and Robinson, there are several other corners who are projected as better "complete packages" or are hyped up due to better ball skills or consistent coverage ability.
Ironically enough, from an athletic and size standpoint, Cook is arguably one of the best corners in this draft.
Cook has excellent height (6'2") with a good frame, excellent athleticism, and solid speed. His range is ideal, along with good leaping ability, soft hands, and great make-up speed.
However, his questionable strength, durability, and ball skills drop him below players with better grades in these individual areas.
The interesting thing about Cook, though, is that while he's nowhere close to a finished product, he's not all that far off from becoming the type of player who can make a major impact.
He needs the right fit and the right team to allow him to grow and get stronger, but he could be a major steal if he lands in the right situation.
Honorable Mention: Dominique Franks, CB, Oklahoma
Nate Allen, S, South Florida
It's debatable how "unnoticed" Allen is going, but it's very clear that he's not being held in the same discussion as Eric Berry, Taylor Mays, and Earl Thomas.
The need for an impact safety is high enough that Allen is still likely to be a second-round pick (at the worst), but some questions could still prevent that from happening, in addition to the over-hyping of Myron Rolle and other safety prospects.
Allen is a very smooth and athletic safety with excellent range, solid speed, and quality decision making.
However, it's not his brain or speed that makes him a risky pick. He doesn't pack the ideal punch as a hitter in the open field, and while he is a fine tackler, he can often over-pursue the ball carrier.
His ball skills are solid, but there is question as to whether or not they'll translate to the next level, and whether or not his moderate explosiveness will affect his play in the NFL.
These are valid questions, but none of them are good enough to drop Allen out of the second round.
He's a very athletic, sound player who isn't being talked about enough and should start showing up on teams' radar in the weeks leading up to the draft.
Honorable Mention: Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech
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