For every top prospect who's considered a first-round lock, there is a countless amount of lesser known players who'll have to fight for a roster spot.
Take Rutgers fullback Mike Burton as he knows that fight very well. After being lightly recruited on the Division-I level of out high school, Burton decided to walk-on at Rutgers before eventually earning a scholarship with the team after a few seasons.
And while he may have been important to Rutgers, Burton plays a position that has seen it's value decreased over the years. CBSSports.com lists Burton as the 10th best fullback prospect, but the site doesn't believe he'll be drafted.
"I've faced my adversity and I've been through it," Burton said at the NFL combine last month. "It just takes hard work. I knew what it would take for me to play at Rutgers, and I put in the work to get it done. Making it in the NFL will take more work, but I'm ready for it."
Big names and personalities like Florida State's Jameis Winston, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Georgia's Todd Gurley drew hordes of media as they were assigned a podium.
But less notable players like Burton sat at tables with a handful of reporters at most asking them questions. It gives those players a natural chip on their shoulders.
"I love being the underdog," said Florida linebacker Neiron Ball, who's projected to go undrafted. "It seems as if no one believes in you, but you have to believe in yourself."
Like Ball, there are players who were somewhat considered stars at bigger schools, but are little fish in the big NFL pond.
Alabama fullback Jalston Fowler was a fan and teammate favorite with the Crimson Tide, with many affectionately calling him the "Nudie Bus."
Like Burton, Fowler plays a position that has been devalued. But his versatility makes him an intriguing prospect at the next level which is why he's widely considered the top fullback prospect in this class. Fowler had seven receiving touchdowns over his final two seasons at Alabama. Still, Fowler isn't projected to be taken until the fourth round or later in the draft.
"I'm bringing fullback back," Fowler said. "I see a few teams using a fullback. Some blocking, some moving around and catching the ball. Me, I can pretty much do it all. Once I get into the league, I think I'll last a while."
At wide receiver, there's Alabama's Amari Cooper, West Virginia's Kevin White, Louisville's Devante Parker and everyone else.
Maryland wide receiver Deon Long doesn't agree with those rankings. ESPN and CBSSports.com both rank Long just inside the top 40 position with a seventh-round to undrafted free agent projection. But he feels he belongs in the conversation with the top wideouts from this class.
"I've seen all those guys play, and I feel like I stack up well against anybody," Long said. "They were sort of in a better position than I was in. They played in offenses where they were the only guys getting the ball."
Long played opposite Stefon Diggs, which he believes limited some of his targets. Long said once he gets on an NFL team, he'll be able to show why he is just as good as some of the best at his position.
"I'm explosive and I have the ability to be a leader," Long said. "Amari and Kevin, they're not vocal leaders. They're not leaders. They just go out there and they play. I get everybody involved. I bring the hype. I bring the passion to the game, and I feel like that's where I'm going to excel."
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