Prospects are seeing their respective stocks rise, fall, and, in some cases, rise again as draft season unfolds. Just in the past couple weeks, Pitt QB Tom Savage has gone from also-ran to one of the most talked about players in this year's class and is being discussed as a potential second-round pick.
While Savage seems to continue his ascent, some prospects, even potential first-round picks, are not quite getting their due with three weeks to go until draft day.
Here are five prospects, including some likely Day 1 picks, that aren't getting the buzz they deserve:
It's fairly well-known that Roby is rising up the corner ranks, but I still don't think he's getting the attention he merits. He was once widely considered a borderline first-rounder, but I think he's solidly in the first round now. He had his bad moments in 2013, but he closed it out strong and helped himself with a great combine showing. Depending on who you ask in league circles, Roby has either closed ground on fellow top-ranked CBs Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard, or moved ahead of at least one of them.
Kouandjio was being mentioned among the top second-tier tackles in the draft early on in the process, but the buzz on him has died down to barely a whisper since the NFL Scouting Combine, where he tied for the slowest 40-yard dash (5.63 seconds) of any participant. More teams might be looking at him as a right tackle than a left tackle, but I still like his potential and think he's a candidate to be picked in the first round, though probably later than we thought he would go when the process started. He could find a nice landing spot late in the first round with a team like the Browns (No. 26), Panthers (No. 28) or Broncos (No. 31).
Here's a name to keep in mind over these next few weeks. West doesn't get mentioned among Carlos Hyde, Bishop Sankey and the other top backs in this year's draft, but he should be -- he's in the conversation for the second round. He dominated FCS competition at Towson, leading all of college football in rushing last season with 413 carries for 2,519 yards and 41 touchdowns. He has the tools to be an effective workhorse in the NFL.
There was plenty of buzz about Su'a-Filo around the combine, but since then he's become a candidate to be drafted into the first round that we're not talking about a whole lot. In fact, some people have told me they think he's a third-rounder. I like him a lot, though. Outside of Zack Martin, who could play guard or tackle at the next level, I think Su'a-Filo is the best guard in the draft.
It's hard to believe a guy of McCullers' dimensions -- a mammoth at 6-foot-7, 352 pounds -- blends into the woodwork, but he's barely making a blip on the radar screen in most draft talk. He's being projected as a third-round pick, but don't be surprised if he goes in the second round. I think a coach will look at McCullers and find his potential hard to pass on. On tape, you'll see him make plays that will take your breath away. There's just no consistency. If someone finds a way to mold him into an every-down disruptor, look out. Teams that need a 3-4 nose tackle will be taking a hard look at him.