The most underrated player on each Top 25 team

Our Top 25 teams are loaded with stars, but it's the underrated players like FSU's DeMarcus Walker and Ohio State's Curtis Samuel who could lead their teams to the 2016 College Football Playoff. Icon Sportswire, USA TODAY Sports

With signing day in the books, Mark Schlabach has the second edition of the 2016 Way-Too-Early Top 25.

Using those rankings, here are our picks for the most underrated player on those teams.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

OLB/DE Tim Williams. Jonathan Allen grabbed headlines with his decision to return for his senior season, but he wasn't the only important Alabama player to do so. Tim Williams, despite not starting a single game, had the opportunity to enter the draft and didn't. The speedy pass-rush specialist sacked the quarterback 10.5 times last season, and with another offseason to develop, he could make an even bigger impact as a starter and every-down outside linebacker/defensive end. -- Alex Scarborough

2. Florida State Seminoles

DE DeMarcus Walker. Jalen Ramsey and Derwin James got the headlines last season, but Walker was an integral part of an improved Seminoles pass rush. In 2014, no Florida State player had more than four sacks. In 2015, Walker had a team-leading 10.5 sacks, tied for fifth in the ACC. He also had 15.5 tackles for loss and forced four fumbles. Be prepared to hear his name a whole lot more in 2016. -- Andrea Adelson

3. Michigan Wolverines

OL Mason Cole. He made Michigan history in 2014 when he became the first true freshman to open the season on the offensive line. He did it at the all-important left tackle position, no less, and he has stayed there for the past 25 games. Cole has been overshadowed by other Big Ten East Division left tackles like Ohio State's Taylor Decker and Michigan State's Jack Conklin, but he has helped solidify an offensive line that was in shambles late in Brady Hoke's tenure. Cole has proved to be an excellent run blocker and has good feet and instincts. At 6-foot-5, 287 pounds, he may be better suited inside at guard or center, where he could move for 2016. Wherever he plays, Michigan will know it has a staple up front on offense. -- Brian Bennett

4. Baylor Bears

CB Travon Blanchard. He rarely comes to mind when thinking of Baylor's defense. Yet the junior was one of the Bears top playmakers in 2015. He led Baylor with 65 solo tackles (83 total) while adding three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two fumbles forced. The do-it-all defender was one of Baylor's most consistent players with at least five tackles in seven games this season. -- Brandon Chatmon

5. Clemson Tigers

C Jay Guillermo. The Tigers' offensive line was radically improved in 2015 and Guillermo was a big reason why. Consider he missed the spring for personal reasons, and was not even the first-team center when the season began. But after Ryan Norton got hurt, Guillermo stepped into the starting lineup and never left -- anchoring a line that helped the Tigers average over 220 yards rushing while allowing just 18 total sacks. -- Adelson

6. LSU Tigers

DL Lewis Neal. He might be the SEC's best pass-rusher who nobody talks about. Neal never started a game before 2015, but was impressive as a junior. He led LSU and ranked sixth in the conference with eight sacks, but was not among the 10 defensive linemen who made the Associated Press All-SEC teams. -- David Ching

7. Oklahoma Sooners

CB Jordan Thomas. Because of his ball-hawking, All-Big 12 cornerback Zack Sanchez generated most of the attention out of the Oklahoma secondary last season. Thomas, however, was actually Mike Stoops' most consistent defensive back. With Sanchez leaving school early, Thomas will take on the role of primary cover man. Based on his even performance last season, Thomas should be ready for that challenge. -- Jake Trotter

8. Stanford Cardinal

RB Bryce Love. The biggest name on Stanford's team -- and possibly the country -- is Christian McCaffrey. The Robin to his Batman is Love, who showed that he was one of the fastest players in the Pac-12 as a true freshman. When defenses key on McCaffrey in 2016, expect Love to again provide an explosive, under-the-radar counter threat. -- David Lombardi

9. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

RB Josh Adams was an under-the-radar, three-star recruit when entering Notre Dame last season, as he had suffered a significant knee injury during his junior of high school. Moreover, Adams arrived in South Bend firmly behind (at least) three running backs on the depth chart -- all of whom would either leave school or miss games in 2015 due to injury. Adams starred when given the chance, rushing for a Notre Dame freshman record 835 yards on 117 carries. He had seven total touchdowns, including a 98-yarder in the home finale -- the longest play from scrimmage in school history. Look for more from Adams in 2016 on an Irish offense that loses playmakers C.J. Prosise and Will Fuller. -- Matt Fortuna

10. Ohio State Buckeyes

RB Curtis Samuel. Don't be fooled by the official count of six returning starters, which leaves out arguably the most versatile and potentially most valuable member of Ohio State's offense. The only reason Samuel isn't on that list already is because he can't be pegged in a single position, which he proved again last year by divvying up his touches with 22 catches, 17 rushes and 9 kickoff returns while scoring 3 touchdowns. Expect those numbers to go way up in his junior campaign. -- Austin Ward

11. Houston Cougars

WR Chance Allen. With Demarcus Ayers jumping to the NFL, Houston will have to count on Allen a lot more in 2016. He was second on the team with 56 catches for 752 yards, but he'll be the No. 1 option for quarterback Greg Ward Jr. this fall. You might not know him now, but you will at this time next year. -- Edward Aschoff

12. Tennessee Volunteers

RB Alvin Kamara. If he were on just about any other team, Kamara would be an absolute star. The elusive, yet strong, back complements No. 1 back Jalen Hurd well, but he's such a dangerous weapon in and out of the backfield. Kamara rushed for 698 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015. -- Aschoff

13. Ole Miss Rebels

S C.J. Hampton. Even though he started in just four games last season, Hampton has a chance to be a major part of Ole Miss's defense this fall. The uber-athletic Hampton should take over Chief Brown's safety spot and can make plays in the box and cover ground as a free safety. -- Aschoff

14. Michigan State Spartans

WR R.J. Shelton. He is as versatile as any player on the Spartans' roster, and he figures to be used more in his senior season. His receiving numbers were overshadowed by the monster year produced by Aaron Burbridge, but Shelton caught 43 passes for 503 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also ranked fourth on the team in rushing yards (127) and was the team's primary kick return man. -- Jesse Temple

15. TCU Horned Frogs

WR Shaun Nixon. From Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year KaVontae Turpin to All-American Josh Doctson, the Horned Frogs boasted plenty of firepower at receiver last season. But Nixon was part of that, too, boosting TCU with his versatility to slide over from running back to the slot after a series of injuries to the receiving corps. Wherever he plays in 2016, Nixon will remain a dangerous component of TCU's wide-open attack. -- Trotter

16. USC Trojans

Despite missing the Trojans' final four games, true freshman linebacker Cam Smith still managed to finish second on the team with 78 tackles in 2015 -- just eight behind leader Su'a Cravens. For as productive as he was, Smith's play didn't catch much buzz and he'll start his sophomore year relatively unknown. That should change quickly. -- Kyle Bonagura

17. Iowa Hawkeyes

S Miles Taylor. He didn't get enough credit in 2015 for his important contributions to a back seven that took a back seat to no other unit in the Big Ten. It's understandable, with the likes of Thorpe Award winner Desmond King and decorated defenders Josey Jewell and Jordan Lomax in nearby space. But that doesn't make it right. Taylor, as a true sophomore, contributed 69 tackles and served as the Hawkeyes' biggest hitter. For it, he deserved honorable-mention All-Big Ten recognition, but did not receive it. -- Mitch Sherman

18. North Carolina Tar Heels

It's not necessarily that WR Mack Hollins is a forgotten man: He was a second-team All-ACC pick by the media during his junior year, and a third-team pick by the coaches. It's just that, on an offense with stat-sheet stuffers at quarterback (Marquise Williams) and running back (Elijah Hood) -- in addition to a record-breaking specialist at his position (Ryan Switzer) -- it is easy for a player like Hollins to not be fully appreciated from the outside looking in. But the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Hollins actually led UNC in receiving yards (745) during an 11-3 campaign in 2015 despite being third in catches (30), and he should step into an even bigger role in 2016 with the graduation of Quinshad Davis and a new starting QB in Mitch Trubisky. -- Fortuna

19. Georgia Bulldogs

DE Davin Bellamy. Other Georgia edge rushers garnered more attention, but Bellamy was perhaps the unsung hero of the bunch. The redshirt sophomore ranked third on the team in sacks (three) and quarterback pressures (nine), trailing only Leonard Floyd and Jordan Jenkins. With both of those stars now gone, we'll probably see a lot more of Bellamy as a junior. -- Ching

20. Oregon Ducks

S Reggie Daniels. He will be the go-to veteran for the Duck defense this year as it transitions to a new defensive coordinator and scheme. Daniels' position will largely remain unaffected by the switch to a 4-3 base defense but his contributions will be huge for the Ducks both on and off the field. Other defensive players might draw a bit more attention for Oregon -- the versatile Charles Nelson, the up-and-comer Canton Kaumatule -- but few (if any) will contribute more from a statistical and leadership perspective than Daniels. -- Chantel Jennings

21. UCLA Bruins

With three starters on the offensive line departing, Conor McDermott's importance can't be overstated. After an injury-checkered beginning to his career, McDermott started the final seven games of 2014 at left tackle and started 12 of 13 games in 2015 -- protecting the blindside of freshman quarterback Josh Rosen. He's helped reduce UCLA's sacks per game and his decision to return for his final season gives the rebuilding unit some much-needed experience and leadership. -- Kevin Gemmell

22. Oklahoma State Cowboys

DT Vincent Taylor. Mike Gundy's program entered the 2015 season with major questions about its defensive interior. Those questions were erased with the emergence of defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, who was quietly a force in the middle of the Cowboys defense line. His breakout sophomore season included 48 tackles (30 solo) including 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. -- Chatmon

23. Washington Huskies

DL Elijah Qualls. Washington had the best defense in the Pac-12 last year, and that happened despite physical nose tackle Elijah Qualls missing three games due to injury. His absence wasn't catastrophic due to strong work from replacement Greg Gaines, who figures to join the starting lineup this fall beside Qualls. Still, Qualls, a 311-pound junior, is a force against the run and a sneaky good pass-rusher, see a sack and numerous QB pressures in the Heart of Dallas Bowl win over Southern Miss. If you're looking to buy stock in a Pac-12 defensive player, Qualls might be your man. -- Ted Miller

24. Florida Gators

LB Alex Anzalone. His season was cut short after on a couple of games because of a shoulder injury, but some of his coaches felt he could have been Florida's best defender had he not gotten hurt. The senior-to-be has played sparingly throughout his career because of injuries, but when healthy he has monster potential. -- Aschoff

25. Boise State Broncos

DL Kamalei Correa. Last season the Broncos were the fifth-best run defense in the nation, giving up 108 yards per game. Boise State loses its starters off that squad so they'll have to look somewhere to keep defenses in check. Look for Correa to step up even more than he has in the past. Yes, he led Boise State will 11 tackles for a loss last season so it's hard to say he's underrated, but given his ceiling and the need the Broncos have for an elite player in the front seven, folks might still be undervaluing how important Correa is to this defense in 2016. -- Jennings