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2015 NFL Draft: Where do experts project Virginia's Eli Harold to get picked?

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The 2015 NFL Draft is finally upon us, and while Virginia did not have the most successful of seasons last year, there are still a few blue chip players that could go in the early rounds of the draft this year. Most notably, Virginia's top draft prospect this year is OLB Eli Harold, who we previewed earlier this week here.

Now that it's officially draft day, where are folks projecting the rusher? We take a scattershot look around the internet.

Eli Harold | OLB | 6'3" | 247 lbs. | Jr.

Todd McShay, ESPN: Round 1, #29 to Indianapolis Colts. "...Harold represents a good value who also would provide needed depth at the edge rusher spot. Harold isn't a finished product [...] but he has good upside as a pass-rusher with his length and quickness..."

Brian Baldinger, Round 1, #29 to Indianapolis Colts. "Trent Cole and Robert Mathis are well into their 30s. The Colts need some young, fresh legs that can rush the QB."

Mel Kiper, ESPN: #46 on the Big Board.

Nate Davis, USA TODAY Sports: Round 1, #31 to New Orleans Saints. "Rob Ryan's defense gets an assist with Harold, who should bring needed juice on passing downs."

Peter Schrager, Fox Sports: Round 1, #32 to New England Patriots. "The Patriots aren't in the market for a first-round wideout, running back, corner or safety here. That's not what they do. So I have them going with a versatile piece who can get to the quarterback. Harold can play the edge in a 4-3 or outside linebacker in a 3-4." Round 2, #11 (43) to Cleveland Browns. "Barkevious Mingo does a lot of things well, but he's not great in terms of rushing the passer. The Browns need to think about getting another player who can get to the quarterback."

We also looked at other mock drafts from SB Nation,, CBS Sports, and others, but they only covered the first round and did not project Eli Harold hearing his name tonight.

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