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.

 

 

Rnd Name School Pos Yr
1-2 Jalen Ramsey Florida State CB 3Jr
1-2 Kendall Fuller Virginia Tech CB 3Jr
2nd Tyler Boyd Pittsburgh WR 3Jr
2nd Brandon Facyson Virginia Tech CB 3So
2nd Dadi Nicholas Virginia Tech DE 5Sr
3rd Bucky Hodges Virginia Tech TE 3So
3rd Adam Bisnowaty Pittsburgh T 4Jr
3rd Ken Ekanem Virginia Tech OLB 4Jr
3-4 Sheldon Rankins Louisville DT 4Sr
4th Mike Williams Clemson WR 3Jr
3-4 James Conner Pittsburgh RB 3Jr
4th Jacoby Brissett North Carolina Ste QB 5Sr
4th Josh Jones North Carolina St S 3So
4th Chuck Clark Virginia Tech CB 3Jr
4th Dorian Johnson Pittsburgh G 3Jr
4th Jaryd Jones-Smith Pittsburgh T 3So
4-5 D.J. White Georgia Tech CB 4Sr
5th Tim Harris Virginia CB 3Jr
5th Deon Bush Miami-Fl S 4Sr
5th Maurice Canady Virginia CB 4Sr
5th DeAngelo Brown Louisville DT 4Jr
5th Adam Gotsis Georgia Tech DT 4Sr
5th Jayron Kearse Clemson S 3Jr
5th Devonte Fields Louisville DE 4Jr
6th Chris Griffin Georgia Tech T 3So
6th Shaq Lawson Clemson DE 3Jr
6th Ryan Switzer North Carolina WR 3Jr
6th Nile Lawrence-Stample Florida State DT 5Sr
6th Terrance Smith Florida State ILB 5Sr
6th Davis P.J. Georgia Tech OLB 3Jr
6th Ufomba Kamalu Miami-Fl DT 5Sr
6th Juston Burris North Carolina St CB 4Sr
6th Greyson Lambert Virginia QB 4Jr
6th Corey Marshall Virginia Tech DT 5Sr
6th Pio Vatuvei Louisville DT 4Sr
6th Connor Wujciak Boston College DT 5Sr
6th Ryan Malleck Virginia Tech TE 5Sr
6th Brice Hunter Florida State S 5Sr
6-7 David Dean Virginia DT 5Sr
6-7 Nate Andrews Florida State S 3Jr
6-7 Josh Parris Syracuse TE 4Jr
6-7 Mike Strizak Boston College OLB 4Jr
7th Demontevious Smith Georgia Tech S 5Sr
7th Bobby Wolford Boston College FB 4Jr
6-7 Desmond Lawrence North Carolina CB 4Jr
7th Rayshawn Jenkins Miami-Fl S 4Sr
7th Korrin Wiggins Clemson S 3Jr
7th Patrick Gamble Georgia Tech DT 4Jr
7th Nigel Williams Virginia Tech DT 4Jr
7th Mario Pender Florida State RB 4Jr
7th Reggie Northrup Florida State ILB 4Sr
7th Mehdi Abdesmad Boston College DT 5Sr
7th Jonathan McLaughlin Virginia Tech T 3So
FA Brandon Chubb Wake Forest ILB 5Sr
FA Dajuan Drennon North Carolina DE 3So
FA Nazir Jones North Carolina DT 3So
FA Landon Turner North Carolina G 5Sr
FA Luther Maddy Virginia Tech DT 5Sr
FA Carlos Watkins Clemson DT 4Jr
FA Tyriq Mccord Miami-Fl OLB 4Sr
FA D.J. Reader Clemson DT 4Sr
FA Brian Walker North Carolina CB 3Jr
FA Raphael Kirby Miami-Fl ILB 4Sr
FA Terrel Hunt Syracuse QB 5Sr?
FA Jabari Hunt-Days Georgia Tech DE 4Sr
FA Charone Peake Clemson WR 5Sr
FA Deon Clarke Virginia Tech OLB 4Sr
FA Ben Boulware Clemson ILB 3Jr
FA David Grinnage North Carolina St TE 4Jr
FA Michael Moore Virginia DE 4Sr
FA Marquel Lee Wake Forest OLB 3Jr
FA Shadrach Thornton North Carolina St RB 4Sr
FA Wyatt Teller Virginia Tech G 3So
FA Demitri Knowles Virginia Tech WR 4Jr
FA Darryl Render Pittsburgh DT 4Sr
FA Giorgio Newberry Florida State TE 5Sr
FA Steven Daniels Boston College ILB 4Sr
FA Donovan Riley Virginia Tech CB 4Sr
FA Jerod Fernandez North Carolina St OLB 3So
FA Marquez White Florida State S 3Jr
FA Derrick Mitchell Jr Florida State DT 5Sr
FA James Burgess Louisville ILB 4Sr
FA Calvin Heurtelou Miami-Fl DT 4Sr
FA Chris Milton Georgia Tech CB 5Sr
FA Javonta Golden Georgia Tech S 5Sr
FA Nicholas Robinson Syracuse G 5Sr
FA Justin Simmons Boston College S 4Sr
FA Sam Rogers Virginia Tech FB 3Jr
FA Tylor Harris Wake Forest DT 4Sr
FA M.J. Salahuddin North Carolina St ILB 4Jr
FA John Holtz Pittsburgh TE 4Sr
FA Tracy Howard Miami-Fl CB 4Sr
FA Lafayette Pitts Pittsburgh CB 5Sr
FA Jaymar Parrish Pittsburgh FB 3Jr
FA Harris Williams Boston College G 5Sr
FA Cam Serigne Wake Forest TE 3So
FA Freddie Burden Georgia Tech C 4Jr
FA Jamal Carter Miami-Fl S 3Jr
FA Ashton Broyld Syracuse WR 4Sr
FA Joseph Thuney North Carolina St G 5Sr
FA Michael Rose North Carolina St DE 5Sr
FA Ron Thompson Syracuse DE 4Jr
FA Marqez Hodge Syracuse ILB 3Jr
FA Marquise Williams North Carolina QB 5Sr
FA Ejuan Price Pittsburgh DE 5Sr
FA Stanton Seckinger Clemson TE 5Sr
FA Stacy Coley Miami-Fl WR 3Jr
FA Quinton Schooley North Carolina St C 4Sr
FA Joe Gore Clemson T 5Sr
FA Justin Thomason North Carolina DT 4Sr
FA Jeffrey Schoettmer North Carolina ILB 4Sr
FA Robert Brewer Virginia Tech QB 5Sr
FA Herbert Waters Miami-Fl WR 4Sr
FA Canaan Severin Virginia WR 4Sr
FA Khaynin Mosley-Smith Pittsburgh DT 5Sr
FA Ross Burbank Virginia C 5Sr
FA Michael Giacone Boston College TE 4Sr
FA Dylan Intemann Wake Forest T 5Sr
FA Aaron Epps Louisville T 5Sr
FA B J Goodson Clemson OLB 4Sr
FA Robert Trudo Syracuse C 5Sr
FA Wayne Morgan Syracuse CB 4Sr
FA Julian Whigham Syracuse CB 4Sr
FA Nicholas Grigsby Pittsburgh OLB 5Sr
FA Quinshad Davis North Carolina WR 4Sr
FA Demetrious Nicholson Virginia CB 4Sr
FA Arthur Rowell Pittsburgh C 5Sr
FA Jay Whitmire Virginia G 5Sr
FA Hakim Jones North Carolina St S 5Sr

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.