Ramsey_FSUFlorida State may rule the ACC when it comes to national rankings but from the perspective of NFL war rooms Virginia Tech is the place to be. I count at least five Hokies as top 90 picks led by a pair of underclassmen corners. Here are the rankings of 129 NFL prospects from the conference.

 

 

RndNameSchoolPosYr
1-2Jalen RamseyFlorida StateCB3Jr
1-2Kendall FullerVirginia TechCB3Jr
2ndTyler BoydPittsburghWR3Jr
2ndBrandon FacysonVirginia TechCB3So
2ndDadi NicholasVirginia TechDE5Sr
3rdBucky HodgesVirginia TechTE3So
3rdAdam BisnowatyPittsburghT4Jr
3rdKen EkanemVirginia TechOLB4Jr
3-4Sheldon RankinsLouisvilleDT4Sr
4thMike WilliamsClemsonWR3Jr
3-4James ConnerPittsburghRB3Jr
4thJacoby BrissettNorth Carolina SteQB5Sr
4thJosh JonesNorth Carolina StS3So
4thChuck ClarkVirginia TechCB3Jr
4thDorian JohnsonPittsburghG3Jr
4thJaryd Jones-SmithPittsburghT3So
4-5D.J. WhiteGeorgia TechCB4Sr
5thTim HarrisVirginiaCB3Jr
5thDeon BushMiami-FlS4Sr
5thMaurice CanadyVirginiaCB4Sr
5thDeAngelo BrownLouisvilleDT4Jr
5thAdam GotsisGeorgia TechDT4Sr
5thJayron KearseClemsonS3Jr
5thDevonte FieldsLouisvilleDE4Jr
6thChris GriffinGeorgia TechT3So
6thShaq LawsonClemsonDE3Jr
6thRyan SwitzerNorth CarolinaWR3Jr
6thNile Lawrence-StampleFlorida StateDT5Sr
6thTerrance SmithFlorida StateILB5Sr
6thDavis P.J.Georgia TechOLB3Jr
6thUfomba KamaluMiami-FlDT5Sr
6thJuston BurrisNorth Carolina StCB4Sr
6thGreyson LambertVirginiaQB4Jr
6thCorey MarshallVirginia TechDT5Sr
6thPio VatuveiLouisvilleDT4Sr
6thConnor WujciakBoston CollegeDT5Sr
6thRyan MalleckVirginia TechTE5Sr
6thBrice HunterFlorida StateS5Sr
6-7David DeanVirginiaDT5Sr
6-7Nate AndrewsFlorida StateS3Jr
6-7Josh ParrisSyracuseTE4Jr
6-7Mike StrizakBoston CollegeOLB4Jr
7thDemontevious SmithGeorgia TechS5Sr
7thBobby WolfordBoston CollegeFB4Jr
6-7Desmond LawrenceNorth CarolinaCB4Jr
7thRayshawn JenkinsMiami-FlS4Sr
7thKorrin WigginsClemsonS3Jr
7thPatrick GambleGeorgia TechDT4Jr
7thNigel WilliamsVirginia TechDT4Jr
7thMario PenderFlorida StateRB4Jr
7thReggie NorthrupFlorida StateILB4Sr
7thMehdi AbdesmadBoston CollegeDT5Sr
7thJonathan McLaughlinVirginia TechT3So
FABrandon ChubbWake ForestILB5Sr
FADajuan DrennonNorth CarolinaDE3So
FANazir JonesNorth CarolinaDT3So
FALandon TurnerNorth CarolinaG5Sr
FALuther MaddyVirginia TechDT5Sr
FACarlos WatkinsClemsonDT4Jr
FATyriq MccordMiami-FlOLB4Sr
FAD.J. ReaderClemsonDT4Sr
FABrian WalkerNorth CarolinaCB3Jr
FARaphael KirbyMiami-FlILB4Sr
FATerrel HuntSyracuseQB5Sr?
FAJabari Hunt-DaysGeorgia TechDE4Sr
FACharone PeakeClemsonWR5Sr
FADeon ClarkeVirginia TechOLB4Sr
FABen BoulwareClemsonILB3Jr
FADavid GrinnageNorth Carolina StTE4Jr
FAMichael MooreVirginiaDE4Sr
FAMarquel LeeWake ForestOLB3Jr
FAShadrach ThorntonNorth Carolina StRB4Sr
FAWyatt TellerVirginia TechG3So
FADemitri KnowlesVirginia TechWR4Jr
FADarryl RenderPittsburghDT4Sr
FAGiorgio NewberryFlorida StateTE5Sr
FASteven DanielsBoston CollegeILB4Sr
FADonovan RileyVirginia TechCB4Sr
FAJerod FernandezNorth Carolina StOLB3So
FAMarquez WhiteFlorida StateS3Jr
FADerrick Mitchell JrFlorida StateDT5Sr
FAJames BurgessLouisvilleILB4Sr
FACalvin HeurtelouMiami-FlDT4Sr
FAChris MiltonGeorgia TechCB5Sr
FAJavonta GoldenGeorgia TechS5Sr
FANicholas RobinsonSyracuseG5Sr
FAJustin SimmonsBoston CollegeS4Sr
FASam RogersVirginia TechFB3Jr
FATylor HarrisWake ForestDT4Sr
FAM.J. SalahuddinNorth Carolina StILB4Jr
FAJohn HoltzPittsburghTE4Sr
FATracy HowardMiami-FlCB4Sr
FALafayette PittsPittsburghCB5Sr
FAJaymar ParrishPittsburghFB3Jr
FAHarris WilliamsBoston CollegeG5Sr
FACam SerigneWake ForestTE3So
FAFreddie BurdenGeorgia TechC4Jr
FAJamal CarterMiami-FlS3Jr
FAAshton BroyldSyracuseWR4Sr
FAJoseph ThuneyNorth Carolina StG5Sr
FAMichael RoseNorth Carolina StDE5Sr
FARon ThompsonSyracuseDE4Jr
FAMarqez HodgeSyracuseILB3Jr
FAMarquise WilliamsNorth CarolinaQB5Sr
FAEjuan PricePittsburghDE5Sr
FAStanton SeckingerClemsonTE5Sr
FAStacy ColeyMiami-FlWR3Jr
FAQuinton SchooleyNorth Carolina StC4Sr
FAJoe GoreClemsonT5Sr
FAJustin ThomasonNorth CarolinaDT4Sr
FAJeffrey SchoettmerNorth CarolinaILB4Sr
FARobert BrewerVirginia TechQB5Sr
FAHerbert WatersMiami-FlWR4Sr
FACanaan SeverinVirginiaWR4Sr
FAKhaynin Mosley-SmithPittsburghDT5Sr
FARoss BurbankVirginiaC5Sr
FAMichael GiaconeBoston CollegeTE4Sr
FADylan IntemannWake ForestT5Sr
FAAaron EppsLouisvilleT5Sr
FAB J GoodsonClemsonOLB4Sr
FARobert TrudoSyracuseC5Sr
FAWayne MorganSyracuseCB4Sr
FAJulian WhighamSyracuseCB4Sr
FANicholas GrigsbyPittsburghOLB5Sr
FAQuinshad DavisNorth CarolinaWR4Sr
FADemetrious NicholsonVirginiaCB4Sr
FAArthur RowellPittsburghC5Sr
FAJay WhitmireVirginiaG5Sr
FAHakim JonesNorth Carolina StS5Sr

Notes

Boston College

Scouts will closely monitor the return of Mehdi Abdesmad whom they’ve stamped as a late round pick. The senior defensive tackle played in just three games last season before being sidelined with a knee injury. He’s big and athletic but must prove he’s fully healthy and start piecing together a full game.

Clemson

Junior wide out Mike Williams is poised for a big season, which will equate to a big move up draft boards. Williams is a smooth possession receiver with game controlling skills.

Safety Jayron Kearse is another big bodied prospect with a tremendous amount of upside. He flashes big time skill but needs to consistently play at a high level.

Duke

Jeremy Cash has a game I like as he’s a tough run defender with better than average ball skills. He’s potentially a second day prospect if he plays well this season then tests well in the run up to the draft.

Florida State

For all the accolades thrown towards corners PJ Williams and Ronald Darby last April, Jalen Ramsey was the most consistent Seminole defensive back on film in 2014. He comes with terrific size, a developed game and offers a huge upside. I could easily see Ramsey jumping into the top 25 picks of next April’s draft after a good junior season.

Georgia Tech

Several scouts grade cornerback D.J. White as a middle round pick but there a number of teams that have stamped him as the top senior at the position. Though I like his upside White struggles making plays with his back to the ball, which is always a red-flag for me.

Keep and eye on Jabari Hunt-Days, who missed last season with injury. I’m told he’s looked terrific as a pass rusher in the early going and is a prospect really flying under the radar screen.

Louisville

Louisville offers three draftable defensive tackles with Sheldon Rankins being the best. The senior is well thought of by scouts as he combines power with playmaking ability.

Miami

Cornerback Tracy Howard draws a variety of opinion. Most scouts feel he’s free agent material, something I agree with, though I’ve been told he’s also received a few middle round grades. Howard offers solid ball skills but poor size/speed numbers which I believe will knock him out of the seven rounds.

Deon Bush justifiably gets a lot of ink but I’m very excited for the return of Rayshawn Jenkins whom I ranked as a middle round pick after his 2013 campaign. Jenkins missed last season with injury but is reportedly back to full health.

North Carolina

The Tar Heels have a pair of junior corners to watch. Desmond Lawrence offers nice size and sold ball skills while Tar Heel coaches rave about Brian Walker. Receiver Ryan Switzer is another junior UNC coaches speak highly of.

North Carolina State

There’s a lot of buzz Jacoby Brissett.

The senior has the arm strength and athleticism for the next level and I also like his patience in the pocket. Brissett is not a run first signal caller as he plays with a lot of passer intangibles. He needs to improve the details of the position as he’s a bit slow going to secondary targets and sprays throws on occasion but the tools are available for a big move up draft boards.

Pittsburgh

I’ll let others fawn over receiver Tyler Boyd and running back James Conner, both terrific pro-prospects. I want to speak of the great talent on the Panthers offensive line.

Adam Bisnowaty is a terrific prospect who can play either tackle spot at the next level. He’s fundamentally sound and makes great use of angles and body positioning to block the edge.

Dorian Johnson is a dominant mauler who annihilates defenders at the point of attack. He drives opponents off the ball and opens up the running lanes. Johnson is not a natural knee bender and shows some stiffness in his game but still offers starting potential on Sunday’s.

Jaryd Jones-Smith could end up the best of the bunch as he’s big, dominant and athletic. He really stood out on a rotational basis in 2014 and comes with great upside. Unfortunately the talented sophomore will miss the ’15 campaign after recently injuring his knee during conditioning activities.

Syracuse

Its been a struggle for Syracuse on the field and in war rooms very recently and there isn’t much light at the end of the tunnel.

Quarterback Terrel Hunt is an interesting case. Hunt possesses next level physical skills and flashed big time ability as a sophomore but makes a lot of questionable decisions and shows immaturity in his game. His potential is enormous but the ability to pull it together and play disciplined football is a big question.

Virginia

Senior cornerback Maurice Canady is highly thought and scouts stamped him as a middle round choice but I feel junior Tim Harris is the better pro-prospect as he’s more explosive and seems more confident. Harris needs to improve his play when his back is to the ball but could develop into second day material.

Junior quarterback Greyson Lambert has terrific physical skills and looks impressive in the pocket. His decision making and accuracy are another matter altogether. For every outstanding throw Lambert makes he follows it up with a pass which makes you shake your head. In many ways he reminds me of another passer from the state of Virginia, Jim Drunkenmiller.

Virginia Tech

The talent in the Hokie secondary is terrific.

Kendall Fuller has long been labeled the most talented of the Fuller brothers and shows the ability to shut down opponents. Make sure to watch Brandon Facyson who returns to the fold after missing last season with assorted leg injuries. He looked brilliant on film during the 2013 campaign and is reported to be back at full health.

The other potentially dominant junior prospect on the Hokies roster is tight end Bucky Hodges. The athletic redshirt sophomore displayed dominant big play abilities last season as well as a large degree of consistency. His upside is enormous and despite the fact I’ve stamped him as a third round prospect, Hodges has first round potential. People close to the program tell me Hodges will bolt for the NFL if he puts together a productive campaign in 2015.

I’m sure the haters will be out in full force when I say I’m not in love with Dadi Nicholas and feel he’s overrated by many, even area scouts. He’s a very effective but undersized college pass rusher. Though reported to have run the forty in the mid 4.5’s, I don’t see that sort of player on film or a defender who shows great speed in lateral pursuit, something he’ll be required to do at the next level.

Wake Forest

After having a player selected in the first round last April its quite possible no one from Wake Forest is selected at any point next year.

I’m a fan of Brandon Chubb, the nose tackle who projects to inside linebacker. He’s tough, smart and very quick but I struggle to see how he’s anything other than a late seventh round prospect.