Dawg Pound Journal: 11 under-the-radar names to watch at the NFL Combine


The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is just a few days away. Everybody knows about Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and the bevy of other projected first-round picks.

But what about the ones who aren't getting that kind of attention? Here are a list of 11 of who you might be hearing more of when the Combine comes to an end.

*Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong (pictured above)

Size: 6-foot-4, 212 pounds

2014 stats: 82 catches, 1,165 yards, 10 TDs

Projected Round: 1 -2

The scoop: Alabama's Amari Cooper, West Virginia's Kevin White and Louisville's DeVante Parker garner all the headlines, while Strong continues to fly under the radar. The former Sun Devil doesn't exactly possess blazing speed, but his size is something the Browns are lacking at the receiver position. He could be a steal in the second round if Ray Farmer uses the two first-round picks elsewhere.


Oklahoma DL Jordan Phillips

Size: 6-foot-6, 334 pounds

2014 Stats: 39 tackles (7 for a loss), 2 sacks

Projected Round: 1-2

The scoop: The redshirt sophomore can plug the run in the middle and has athleticism to even slide over to defensive end in certain situations. Phillips would be a surefire first-round pick but some teams have been hesitant about the back surgery he underwent in 2013.


Utah DE/LB Nate Orchard

Size: 6-foot-4, 255 pounds

2014 stats: 84 tackles (21.5 for a loss), 18.5 sacks

Projected Round: 2

The scoop: Orchard has an NFL ready repertoire of pass-rushing moves to go along with school records he set in sacking quarterbacks. The knock on Orchard is that he didn't excel when Utah used him in a standup hybrid role, but you have to think certain NFL coaching staffs will stand up on the table to get this guy on their defense. 


Virginia LB Eli Harold

Size: 6-foot-4, 250 pounds

2014 stats: 54 tackles (14.5 for a loss), 7 sacks

Projected Round: 2-3

The scoop: Harold totaled 15.5 sacks in his last two seasons at Virginia. After ranking 27th in the NFL in sacks, the Browns need to sack the quarterback more. Harold fits the bill as an edge rusher to potentially pair with Paul Kruger on third-downs.


Texas A&M OL Cedric Ogbuehi

Size: 6-foot-5, 300 pounds

Projected Round: 2-3

The scoop: Cleveland needs depth on its offensive line and Ogbuehi can provide that. The former Aggie played guard and tackle in the SEC and excelled at run blocking with his supreme footwork. Ogbuehi will need to add strength, but he has starter potential down the road in the NFL. 


Mississippi State DE/LB Preston Smith

Size: 6-foot-6, 267 pounds

2014 stats: 44 tackles (14.5 for a loss), 9 sacks

Projected Round: 2-3

The scoop: Smith's size and skill set make him a moveable chess piece who could play both defensive end and outside linebacker if he were placed in the Browns' system. After mediocre sophomore and junior years, he exploded on the scene in 2014 and was one of the reasons the Bulldogs climbed to the top of the rankings.


Rutgers TE Tyler Kroft

Size: 6-foot-5, 240 pounds

2014 Stats: 24 catches, 269 yards, 1 TD

Projected Round: 3-4

The scoop: The lack of statistical production is quite mindboggling when you look at Kroft on tape. CBS calls him a bigger version of Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper who can line up all over the field. And for his size, Kroft has been described as a "feisty" blocker. The Browns need more speed at the tight end position, especially if Jordan Cameron does not return.


East Carolina WR Justin Hardy

Size: 5-foot-11, 190 pounds

2014 Stats: 121 catches, 1,496 yards, 10 TDs

Projected Round: 3-4

The Scoop: Even with Hardy running predictable routes in East Carolina's spread offense, the speedy wide receiver was consistently able to burn cornerbacks – even from bigger name schools thanks to the Pirates' challenging non-conference schedule. Hardy is the all-time leader in FBS with 387 career catches and he was also a dangerous punt returner.


Clemson LB Stephone Anthony

Size: 6-foot-2, 245 pounds

2014 Stats: 69 tackles (10.5 for a loss), 2 sacks, 1 INT

Projected Round: 3-5

The scoop: Anthony took a step back after a monster sophomore year – 131 tackles, four sacks and five passes defended. His aggressive playing style is both a strength and weakness, but it's hard to question Anthony's ability to tackle.


USC  RB Javorius "Buck" Allen

Size: 6-foot-1, 220 pounds

2014 stats: 1,489 all-purpose yards, 11 TDs

Projected Round: 3-5

The scoop: What stands out most is Allen's 41 catches and 458 yards as a receiver out of the backfield. Cleveland offensive coordinator John DeFilippo stated in his introductory press conference how valuable a weapon Marcel Reese was for the Raiders. While Allen isn't a fullback like Reese, he fits the mold of a unique weapon.


Stanford DL Henry Anderson

Size: 6-foot-6, 287 pounds

2014 stats: 63 tackles, 8 sacks

Projected Round: 3-5

The scoop: At times, Anderson can be an immoveable object for offensive linemen and is much quicker than he looks on the field. Most importantly for the Browns and other prospective employers, Anderson's biggest strength is containing running backs.

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