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  • It's good to be young and succe sful in the NFL until a player isnot paid what he'sactually worth to histeam.The nature of the league's rookie wage scale and initial contracts aren't exactly player friendly, especially when said player well outperforms his draft status.From draft cla s of 2014 standouts who would liketheir big cash now to the immediate big bargains from 2016, here are 17 guys providing the biggest bang for moderate bucks going into the season. In other words, "Pay the man!"MORE NFL: 2017 predictions | Power Rankings1.Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys2017 salary: $540,000Average annualsalary: $680,848Meet the new Ru sell Wilson in terms of a team getting cheap, immediate results from the game's most important position. Jerry Jones might as well startbacking up the Brinks truck and get the Cowboys' salary-cap prepared to properly compensate Prescott in a couple seasons.2. Aaron Donald, DT, Rams2017 salary: $1 Game Eric Berry Red Jersey .8 millionAverage annual salary: $2.534 millionDonald has good reason to be unhappy about not getting his new deal yet. He's the face of the franchise, much like J.J. Watt has been for the Texans. The only difference isDonald has been healthier and more productive of late, taking the true title of "best defensive lineman in the league." Donald deserves Watt money, stat.3.David Johnson, RB, Cardinals2017 salary: $615,000Average annual salary: $729,843Johnson is in for a monster raise soon, and he can look to franchise-tagged second-rounder Le'Veon Bell for some inspiration. The third-rounder from 2015 is already the league's best all-around running back, a special talent in the Marshall Faulk vein.4. Landon Collins, S, Giants2017 salary: $991,415Average annual salary: $1.53 millionAll the focus has been on teammate Odell Beckham Jr.'s worth to the team, but Collins, the young heart, souland dominant playmaker on defense now the Giants' better side of the ball should have eyes on Earl Thomas- and Eric Berry-type money soon. He was an absolute second-round steal.5. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants2017 salary:$1.83 millionAverage annual salary: $2.6 millionOK, butwe're certainly not leaving OBJ off this list,either. With Eli Manning struggling of late, just imagine what New York's pa sing game would be without Beckham as the straw stirring the drink. In an era full of first-round wideout whiffs, Beckham has done things few have to start a career at the position.6. Zack Martin, G, Cowboys2017 salary: $1.64millionAverage annual salary: $2.24 millionBefore Jones puts away a small fortune for Prescott, he needs to take care of Martin. Interior offensive linemen le ser than him have enjoyed cashing in Chiefs Youth Custom Game Jersey during free agency. The best guard in the league deserves the most guard money.6. Jordan Howard, RB, Bears2017 salary:$540,000Average annual salary: $647,000Howard is right there with Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jay Ajayi and Melvin Gordon in the new wave of top-flight running backs. He's pretty much already what Matt Forte was for several seasons in Chicago. It'ssad that Howardhas to see Mike Glennon and Mitchell Trubisky get so much in 2017 while he is the only established force in the offense.7. Tyreek Hill, WR/KR, Chiefs2017 salary: $540,000Average annual salary: $646,555Hill had a terrific rookie season as a returner, receiver and rusher, bringing some much-needed dynamism to a predictable Chiefs offense. He didn't waste time reaching Pro Bowl status, and in Year 2, he'll also serve as the team's No. 1 wide receiver in what behind him is a very shaky corps without Jeremy Maclin.8. Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins2017 salary: $893,858Average annual salary: $868,728Miami has kept trying to upgrade at wide receiver for Ryan Tannehill. While others have had i sues, from the get-go, Landry has been a premier po se sion receiver with great hands and dangerous burst, and that's before getting to what he'smeant to the team in the return game. He won't get paid like Beckham, but he will stillout-earn his second-round status.MORE: NFL's highest-paid players9. Taylor Lewan, OT, Titans2017 salary: $1.99 millionAverage annual salary: $2.87 millionThe Titans are the only team that can challenge the Cowboys for the best offensive line in the NFL. Although rookie right tackle Jack Conklin got plenty of buzz in 2016, Lewan quietlysettled in as a dominant blindside bookend for Marcus Mariota. Now he needs elite left tackle money to match.10. Anthony Barr, OLB Tamba Hali Jersey , Vikings2017 salary: $2.15 millionAverage annual salary: $3.185 millionKhalil Mack is doing much better before his bigger deal, but Barr, who has done everything in Mike Zimmer's versatile, linebacker-friendly scheme, could use a significant bump. There's not much he can't do as the backbone of the defense.11. Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers2017 salary: $2.41 millionAverage annual salary: $3.657 millionIn relation to OBJ, there has been limitedattention given to the fact that Evans was the better wide receiver last season and also has the higher 2014 draft status. He should hope that Beckham gets the Giants to give in, because then he can justly ask for more.12. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons2017 salary: $1.797 millionAverage annual salary: $676,106Freeman is a pending free agent in 2018. He hasrisen well above his fourth-round status with his consistent excellence as a rusher and receiver the past two seasons. Atlanta seems to know his new high value, too, and it's likely that even with Tevin Coleman, it locks up its more indispensable back.13. Malcolm Butler, CB, Patriots2017 salary: $3.91 millionAverage annual salary: $3.91 millionButler was a top-five cover corner in the league last season, unlike Men's Sammy Watkins Game Jersey new teammate Stephon Gilmore, who got signed away from the rival Bills for $31 million guaranteed as part of a five-year, $65 milliondeal. There was no reason for New England, with tons of cap room, to move Butler, but rather take advantage of one more cheap year from the Super Bowl hero before he likely walks for megabucks elsewhere.14. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Packers2017 salary: $1.547 millionAverage annual salary: $2.084 millionWhile Collins hashad more immediate impact as the better safety product from Alabama, Clinton-Dix has found his own playmakinggroove in Green Bay's secondary. The Packers have drafted a ton of defensive backs of late, but Clinton-Dix has been thebest bargain regardle s of round.15. Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars2017 salary: $898,755Average annual salary: $877,718Robinson, a second-rounder in 2014,was bound to come back to earth a little after posting 80 catches for 1,400 yards and a league-high 14 receiving TDs in 2015. But with Blake Bortlesin a funk last season,Robinson had a big drop-off with the same number of targets (151), postinga 73-883-6 final line. Still, there's no doubt he's the Jags' irreplaceable No. 1, as Allen Hurns faded hard as a No. 2.MORE: Impact rookies for 201716. Jason Tony Gonzalez Jersey Verrett, CB, Chargers2017 salary: $1.495 millionAverage annual salary: $1.972 millionCasey Hayward was a terrific value as a free-agent signing for Los Angeles in 2016, and with him and Verrett, the team is looking at a corner combination as strong as the 1-2 pa s-rush punch of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. The only person in that equation who isn't paid enough is Verrett, who should get his just salary if he can prove to be healthier in 2017.17. Matt Paradis, C, Broncos2017 salary: $615,000Average annual salary: $615,000Many teams have splurged on centers of late, as Alex Mack, Rodney Hudson and Travis Frederick are among those who've gotten rewarded handsomely. Behind the elite guys, Paradis did an excellent job as Denver's best offensive lineman in 2016. The 2014 sixth-rounder should see a nice long-term raise soon before he becomes a restricted free agent in 2018.