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Mike Mayock Shares His Top 5 NFL Draft Rising Stars

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Since the 2015 NFL Combine in February, players have sought to further boost their draft stock through their university's pro days. In this six-week span, draft analyst Mike Mayock, on another edition of "Mayock Monday," identified five players who may be boosting their name higher onto draft boards.

At the top of the list is USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor. Mayock initially gauged Agholor as a late-second round pick but coaches have noticed his work ethic off the field – in meetings and overall football knowledge. For that, Mayock thinks he is a Top 40 player in the draft.

At the No. 2 spot is Florida State's Mario Edwards. The defensive tackle, who entered the season weighing more than 300 pounds, cut down entering the combine. Edwards, now 272 pounds, is not only quick enough as a base defensive end, but also versatile to play inside for select packages.

"That gets some teams excited," Mayock said. "However, the question is, once you pay him as a second round pick, which guy are you getting? Are you getting the 300-pounder or are you getting the 272-pounder with an edge?"

UCF wide-receiver Breshad Perriman may climb inside the Top 20 in the draft. Mayock projected him as a mid to late second rounder. But there is a direct relationship between his draft stock and his 40-yard dash time. Perriman ran a 4.25 40-yard dash at his pro day. Mayock said he doesn't play at that speed, but his stock has risen.

Mayock said Kentucky defensive end Bud Dupree is like a piece of clay but coaches just need to mold him into their teams' systems. Mayock believes he is a Pro Bowl-caliber player, but the 270-pound pass rusher's downfall is his inconsistent play.

Lastly, Damarious Randall was but an afterthought at the safety position. Now Mayock considers him the best man-cover safety in the draft. Mayock said Randall's stock has skyrocketed into the second round, so critics should not be surprised if that's the case.

With 17 days before the draft, players' projections may jump around – rising stars and ones who have lost their shine. Until that day arrives, players will be attempting to jump up the charts any way they can.

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