When it comes to the NFL draft, it's best to know the underrated names.
As pro days wind down, teams begin to complete draft boards with just a few slight alterations still on the way due to individual workouts and interviews.
At the same time, teams and fans need to know the prospects flying under the radar. Think back to last year, when Teddy Bridgewater almost fell out of the first round. He went on to complete 64.4 percent of his passes in his debut season despite a tough situation, and now the sky seems the limit.
It's a much better result than the Cleveland Browns got by rolling the dice on Johnny Manziel.
This year, don't be caught off guard by the underrated names, as more often than not, a bargain value births the proverbial chip on shoulder, leading to great things for all parties.
2015 NFL Mock Draft
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State|
|2||Tennessee Titans||Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Florida|
|4||Oakland Raiders||Leonard Williams, DL, USC|
|5||Washington Redskins||Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson|
|6||New York Jets||Kevin White, WR, West Virginia|
|7||Chicago Bears||Alvin Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky|
|8||Atlanta Falcons||Shane Ray, DE/OLB, Missouri|
|9||New York Giants||La'el Collins, OL, LSU|
|10||St. Louis Rams||Marcus Peters, CB, Washington|
|11||Minnesota Vikings||Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama|
|12||Cleveland Browns||DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville|
|13||New Orleans Saints||Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska|
|14||Miami Dolphins||Danny Shelton, DT, Washington|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State|
|16||Houston Texans||Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma|
|17||San Diego Chargers||A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa|
|19||Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo)||Arik Armstead, DE/OLB, Oregon|
|20||Philadelphia Eagles||Landon Collins, SS, Alabama|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Malcom Brown, DT, Texas|
|22||Pittsburgh Steelers||Owamagbe Odighizuwa, OLB, UCLA|
|23||Detroit Lions||Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State|
|24||Arizona Cardinals||Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia|
|25||Carolina Panthers||Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford|
|26||Baltimore Ravens||Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State|
|27||Dallas Cowboys||Jalen Collins, CB, LSU|
|28||Denver Broncos||Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota|
|29||Indianapolis Colts||Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF|
|30||Green Bay Packers||Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest|
|31||New Orleans Saints (via Seattle)||Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State|
|32||New England Patriots||Byron Jones, CB, UConn|
Top Underrated Prospects to Watch
Eli Harold, OLB, Virginia
Look, it's easy for a pass-rusher to get lost in the hype of others this year.
Dante Fowler Jr., Vic Beasley, Shane Ray, Randy Gregory and Alvin Dupree are just a few of the names in first-round consideration as members of one of the deepest classes at the spot in years.
Hence Virginia's Eli Harold flying under the radar.
Harold showed up at the NFL Scouting Combine at 6'3" and 247 pounds before posting strong numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.6 seconds), three-cone drill (7.07 seconds) and 20-yard shuttle (4.16 seconds).
A disruptive presence off the edge in college, Harold has the athleticism and sheer talent to make an impact at the pro level from his first snap. This is why ESPN's Todd McShay is one of many who continue to up their opinion of him:
The upward momentum doesn't stop there, as NFL.com's Gil Brandt notes Harold at his pro day "looked good in the position drills, showing a good burst with his hand in the ground."
Harold touts some qualities coaches cannot teach, his athleticism and instincts are just the cusp. It's sure to make him a first-round pick, and one folks look back on as a steal.
Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
Remember Cedric Ogbuehi?
It's time to, because the NFL realm seemed to write off the Texas A&M star despite obvious first-round talent thanks to an ACL tear in a bowl game back in January.
Really, it's a funny thing. The NFL is an instant gratification league, yes, but it's not like knee injuries are as devastating as they used to be, so why not take a top talent and show some patience?
Perhaps the above is why NFL.com's Lance Zierlein noted the following:
Ogbuehi is a physical specimen. He weighed in at 6'5" and 306 pounds in Indianapolis, and on tape, he is an elite athlete who is a natural in pass protection, making him one of the top left-tackle candidates in the class.
So while some teams continue to knock him down a peg or two, Ogbuehi has the look of a natural left tackle who, once healthy, won't exit the lineup.
Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF
Wideouts are the only position to match pass-rushers this year when it comes to depth and difficulty for underrated players to stand out.
It's funny. Breshad Perriman flew under the radar after not running drills at the combine, then he exploded at his pro day, running a 4.26 40-yard dash, per his agent Drew Rosenhaus.
One dash and now the globe seems abuzz about Perriman. In fact, he even crept into the top 10 of Mel Kiper's rankings:
A big receiver, he has the explosiveness off the line and deep speed of a player who typically comes in a smaller package; no player has moved up more on my board since the season began. Perriman can make the big play with his ability to win on contested throws by beating defenders in the air via size and strength, and with the ability to turn short catches into big plays by running past tacklers and through contact. He's raw in terms of some of the finer points, but he could put up big numbers early if he gets his share of targets.
The thing is, now Perriman needs to hope the hype remains at a fever pitch for another month. It's no easy task for any wideout to claim a first-round spot in a class headlined by Amari Cooper and Kevin White.
Thanks to great size (6'2", 212 pounds) and strong measureables, Perriman figures to make a strong impact as a rookie no matter how far he falls.