TankersleyThe ACC offers a nice crop of next level talent headed by the nation’s top quarterback prospect.  The league also possesses a variety of potential Sunday starters I presently grade as top three round prospects.

NFL Prospects from the ACC

RndFull NamePosSchoolYr
1stDeshaun WatsonQBClemson3Jr
1stCordrea TankersleyCBClemson4Sr
1-2Brandon FacysonCBVirginia Tech4Jr
2ndBrad KaayaQBMiami-Fl3Jr
2ndBucky HodgesTEVirginia Tech4Jr
2ndDevonte’ FieldsDELouisville5Sr
2ndDorian JohnsonGPittsburgh4Sr
2ndDerrick NnadiDTFlorida State3Jr
2ndMatt DayesRBNorth Carolina State4Sr
2-3Trumaine WashingtonCBLouisville3Jr
2-3Donnie MilesSNorth Carolina4Jr
2-3B.J. HillDTNorth Carolina State3Jr
2-3Jordan LeggettTEClemson4Sr
3rdNick LinderCMiami-Fl3Jr
3rdJaryd Jones-SmithTPittsburgh4Jr
3rdHarold LandryDEBoston College3Jr
3rdJeremiah ClarkeDTNorth Carolina3So
3rdAlec EberleCFlorida State3So
3rdJohn JohnsonSBoston College4Sr
3rdDalvin CookRBFlorida StateJr
3rdDavid NjokuTEMiami-Fl3So
4thJosh Harvey-ClemonsSLouisville5Sr
4thWayne GallmanRBClemson4Jr
4thAdam BisnowatyTPittsburgh5Sr
4thTony AdamsGNorth Carolina State3Jr
4thMarquez WhiteCBFlorida State4Sr
4-5Marquel LeeOLBWake Forest4Sr
4-5Artavis ScottWRClemson3Jr
5thCharles ClarkCBVirginia Tech4Sr
5thKeith KelseyILBLouisville4Sr
5thTyrone CrowderGClemson4Jr
5thTrevon YoungOLBLouisville4Sr
5thRoderick JohnsonTFlorida State3Jr
5thAlex OfficerGPittsburgh4Jr
5thPatrick TowlesQBBoston College4Sr
5thJamari StaplesWRLouisville4Sr
5thRayshawn JenkinsSMiami-Fl4Sr
5thMike WilliamsWRClemson4Jr
5thTerrell EdmundsSVirginia Tech3So
5-6Carlos WatkinsDTClemson5Sr
5-6Johnathan HowardWRNorth Carolina4Sr
5-6Isaiah FordWRVirginia Tech3Jr
6thBrad WatsonCBWake Forest4Sr
6thDeAngelo BrownDTLouisville5Sr
6thRyan IzzoTEFlorida State3So
6thRyan SwitzerWRNorth Carolina4Sr
6thKenneth EkanemOLBVirginia Tech5Sr
6thTravis RudolphWRFlorida State3Jr
6thQuin BlandingSVirginia3Jr
6thGabe BrandnerTDukerJr
6thJames QuickWRLouisville4Sr
6thJaylen SamuelsFBNorth Carolina State3Jr
6thFreddie StevensonFBFlorida State4Sr
6thNathan AndrewsSFlorida State4Sr
6-7Matt MilanoOLBBoston College4Sr
6-7Josh JonesSNorth Carolina State4Jr
6-7Chad ThomasDEMiami-Fl3Jr
6-7Wilson BellGFlorida State4Jr
6-7Bobby WolfordFBBoston College5Sr
6-7Mike StrizakOLBBoston College5Sr
6-7Desmond LawrenceCBNorth Carolina5Sr
7thAndrew MotuapuakaILBVirginia Tech3Jr
7thKorrin WigginsSClemson4Jr
7thDaniel IsidoraGMiami-Fl5Sr
7thNigel WilliamsDTVirginia Tech5Sr
7thTim HarrisCBVirginia4Sr
7thDemarcus WalkerDEFlorida State4Sr
7thM.J. StewartCBNorth Carolina3Jr
7-FAJamal CarterSMiami-Fl4Sr
7-FAJoshua BanksDTWake Forest5Sr
7-FAMicah KiserILBVirginia4Jr
7-FAStacy ColeyWRMiami-Fl4Sr
7-FABradley ChubbDENorth Carolina State3Jr
FAElijah HoodRBNorth Carolina3Jr
FADajuan DrennonDENorth Carolina5Sr
FAKareem AreGFlorida State5Sr
FAChris GriffinTGeorgia Tech4Jr
FAJeremy SmithRBLouisville3Jr
FAJerod FernandezILBNorth Carolina State4Jr
FAZaire FranklinILBSyracuserSr
FASteve IshmaelWRSyracuse3Jr
FAJack TochoCBNorth Carolina State4Sr
FAJu’Michael RamosWRNorth Carolina State4Sr
FAMack HollinsWRNorth Carolina5Sr
FABen BoulwareILBClemson4Sr
FAJosh ParrisTESyracuse5Sr
FACam SerigneTEWake Forest4Jr
FATrey MarshallSFlorida State3Jr
FABrisly EstimeWRSyracuse4Sr
FAJonathan McLaughlinTVirginia Tech5Sr
FARo’Derrick HoskinsILBFlorida StaterJr
FABryon FieldsCBDuke4Jr
FATaquan MizzellRBVirginia4Sr
FAJoseph YearbyRBMiami-Fl3Jr
FAJacob PughOLBFlorida StateJr
FATruman GutapfelDTBoston College4Sr
FAShaq WigginsCBLouisville3Jr
FAKeith TowbridgeTELouisville4Sr
FAChucky WilliamsSLouisville4Jr
FATrevor DarlingTMiami-Fl3Jr
FACam PhillipsWRVirginia Tech3Jr
FAP.J. DavisOLBGeorgia Tech4Sr
FAAl-Quadin MuhammadDEx-Miami-Fl4Jr
FAJames ConnerFBPittsburgh3Jr
FAMario PenderRBFlorida State5Sr
FABrandon RadcliffRBLouisville5Sr
FACaleb PetersonGNorth Carolina5Sr
FAEric SmithGVirginia4Sr
FAJesus WilsonWRFlorida State4Sr
FAAugie ConteGVirginia Tech5Sr
FADeVon EdwardsCBDuke5Sr
FADontez FordWRPittsburgh5Sr
FATyrique JarrettDTPittsburgh4Sr
FANazir JonesDTNorth Carolina4Jr
FAWyatt TellerGVirginia Tech4Jr
FAMatt GalambosILBPittsburgh4Sr
FABentley SpainTNorth Carolina3Jr
FALucas CrowleyCNorth Carolina4Sr
FACole HikutiniTELouisville4Sr
FAMikey BartDENorth Carolina4Sr
FAT.J. LoganRBNorth Carolina4Sr
FACorneilus ElderCBMiami-Fl4Sr
FAKermit WhitfieldWRFlorida State4Sr
FAM.J. SalahuddinILBNorth Carolina State5Sr
FABra’Lon CherryWRNorth Carolina State4Sr
FASunny OdogwuTMiami-Fl4Jr
FAFreddie BurdenCGeorgia Tech5Sr
FAJay GuillermoCClemson5Sr
FANathan PetermanQBPittsburgh5Sr
FAJon HeckTNorth Carolina5Sr
FACasey BlaserTDuke5Sr
FAPatrick GambleDTGeorgia Tech5Sr
FASamuel RogersFBVirginia Tech4Sr
FAKelvin RaineySVirginia5Sr
FAJadar JohnsonSClemson4Sr
FAJaymar ParrishFBPittsburgh4Sr
FADravious WrightSNorth Carolina State4Sr
FAKevin KavalecDEBoston College4Sr
FAMarqez HodgeILBSyracuse4Sr
FAMonty NelsonDTNorth Carolina State4Sr
FAKiola MahoniGLouisville3Jr
FADeondre SingletonSDuke4Sr
FAThomas BrownOLBWake Forest4Sr

 

Boston College

I am amazed at how little love quarterback Patrick Towles receives from scouts.  The Kentucky transfer has terrific size, an NFL arm and a lot of really good tape from last season.  While he stumbled in a few games and there have been accusations of immaturity, I believe the physical ability along with the flashes Towles displayed last year deserve a middle round grade.

Safety John Johnson looks every bit as instinctive and intelligent as former teammate Justin Simmons, selected in the third round by the Denver Broncos last April.   I do believe Johnson has better playing speed and like Simmons, is a second day prospect.

Clemson

Cordrea Tankersley was stamped as one of the best senior cornerback prospects in the nation and its easy to see why.  He combines terrific size, outstanding ball skills and plays with next level instincts.  Assuming he plays well in 2016, I wouldn’t be surprised if Tankersly ends up as a top 18 selection next April.

I may be underrating tight end Jordan Legget a tad but I like tight ends that catch the ball as well as block and Leggett is deficient with the latter.  There is no denying he’s a legitimate downfield pass catching threat but I question whether or not he’s a three down player at the position.

I am a firm believer in the next level potential of DeShaun Watson and feel he’s the cream of the crop at the quarterback position by a wide margin moving towards the 2017 draft.  Though he needs to improve his downfield accuracy Watson’s combination of athleticism, arm strength and the general ability to command the offense are impressive.

Florida State

It was surprising how blasé I felt watching the Florida State film.  Unlike years past there were no players who jumped out at me.

I do like Derrick Nnadi, the big, powerful space eater with excellent short area quickness and a nice change of direction.  I graded him as a second rounder but could see Nnadi making a big move up draft boards.

Keep an eye on redshirt sophomore center Alec Eberle who I feel has star potential.

Louisville

Grades for Louisville prospects, specifically on defense, are all over the board.

Several scouts grade safety Josh Harvey-Clemons as a second day pick but I feel he’s of the last day variety.   On the other hand most grade defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown as a free agent but I feel he’s worth the investment of a late round pick.

Devonte’ Fields is an interesting case.  When on the field and on his game he flashes first round ability but his size/speed numbers, playing consistency and off the field issues make him a risky top 32 choice.

I’m hoping outside linebacker/pass rusher Trevon Young is able to return to health in 2017 as I believe he’s a legitimate mid-second day prospect.

Miami-Fl

I stamped Brad Kaaya as a second day pick but feel the potential is there for him to move into the first round if he continues to improve.  I just don’t think his film screams first round to this point.  Kaaya throws with a smooth over-the-top delivery, finds the open wide out and challenges the vertical game. I’d like to see him drive his deep passes more rather than throw floaters but he offers a nice upside.

Junior center Nick Linder could be selected earlier than older brother Brandon, a third round pick of the  Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014.  The younger Linder plays with great awareness, fundamentals and is effective on the line of scrimmage as well as blocking in motion.

North Carolina

Scouts gave some very high grades to the Tar Heels seniors but I rank junior safety Donnie Miles as the best prospect on the team.  He’s a hard hitting safety and a strong open field tackler with solid ball skills while also offering the ability to make plays sideline to sideline.

North Carolina State

The Wolfpack have a pair of second day selections starting with senior running back Matt Dayes.

Compactly built at just over 5-feet/8-inches and 200lbs, Dayes has tremendous quickness, an excellent burst and runs with deceptive power.  He’s also a terrific cutback runner who regularly makes defenders miss.

I’m also high on defensive tackle B.J. Hill.  The explosive defensive lineman offers a potential in a variety of schemes and comes with a nice upside.

Pittsburgh

The Panthers have three very good offensive line prospects.

Senior guard Dorian Johnson is dominant in all areas.  I gave him a high grade after his sophomore season and he improved off the 2015 film.  Explosive as well as fundamentally sound, he’s a powerful blocker who drives defenders off the line while also displaying skill in motion.

Senior tackle Adam Bisnowaty did not show as much progress as I hoped between his sophomore and junior seasons but he’s definitely a next level prospect.  Bisnowaty is a smart position blocker who gets the most from his skill.  My concern is Bisnowaty possesses neither next level footwork for the left side or the needed power to line up on the right side.

It’s a wait and see situation for Jaryd Jones-Smith who missed last season with a knee injury but if the big tackle can pick up where he left off in 2014 Jones-Smith could be the highest rated NFL prospect on this unit.

Virginia Tech

Eight months ago when Bucky Hodges was considering entering the draft the consensus opinion told the tight end he should return to school for another season.  Yet when I re-watched the tape this summer I saw a prospect that was just as athletic and effective catching the ball downfield as any tight end available last August.  Another good season and Hodges could move into the first round of the 2017 draft.

Brandon Facyson is another Hokie junior with first round potential.  The corner did a terrific job returning from injury last season and looked dominant in spurts.  He offers big time potential and I would expect him to be out the door with a big campaign in 2016.

Wake Forest

Wake Forest has three seniors on defense highly rated by scouts that must be watched.

Linebacker Marquel Lee is a terrific athlete with the size and speed to be a three down player on Sunday.  Defensive tackle Josh Banks is a little undersized but very quick, explosive and could end up as one of the better three technique prospects next April.  Cornerback Brad Watson has next level size and has shown himself to be effective in a variety of systems.