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

Rnd Full Name Pos School Yr
1st Deshaun Watson QB Clemson 3Jr
1st Cordrea Tankersley CB Clemson 4Sr
1-2 Brandon Facyson CB Virginia Tech 4Jr
2nd Brad Kaaya QB Miami-Fl 3Jr
2nd Bucky Hodges TE Virginia Tech 4Jr
2nd Devonte’ Fields DE Louisville 5Sr
2nd Dorian Johnson G Pittsburgh 4Sr
2nd Derrick Nnadi DT Florida State 3Jr
2nd Matt Dayes RB North Carolina State 4Sr
2-3 Trumaine Washington CB Louisville 3Jr
2-3 Donnie Miles S North Carolina 4Jr
2-3 B.J. Hill DT North Carolina State 3Jr
2-3 Jordan Leggett TE Clemson 4Sr
3rd Nick Linder C Miami-Fl 3Jr
3rd Jaryd Jones-Smith T Pittsburgh 4Jr
3rd Harold Landry DE Boston College 3Jr
3rd Jeremiah Clarke DT North Carolina 3So
3rd Alec Eberle C Florida State 3So
3rd John Johnson S Boston College 4Sr
3rd Dalvin Cook RB Florida State Jr
3rd David Njoku TE Miami-Fl 3So
4th Josh Harvey-Clemons S Louisville 5Sr
4th Wayne Gallman RB Clemson 4Jr
4th Adam Bisnowaty T Pittsburgh 5Sr
4th Tony Adams G North Carolina State 3Jr
4th Marquez White CB Florida State 4Sr
4-5 Marquel Lee OLB Wake Forest 4Sr
4-5 Artavis Scott WR Clemson 3Jr
5th Charles Clark CB Virginia Tech 4Sr
5th Keith Kelsey ILB Louisville 4Sr
5th Tyrone Crowder G Clemson 4Jr
5th Trevon Young OLB Louisville 4Sr
5th Roderick Johnson T Florida State 3Jr
5th Alex Officer G Pittsburgh 4Jr
5th Patrick Towles QB Boston College 4Sr
5th Jamari Staples WR Louisville 4Sr
5th Rayshawn Jenkins S Miami-Fl 4Sr
5th Mike Williams WR Clemson 4Jr
5th Terrell Edmunds S Virginia Tech 3So
5-6 Carlos Watkins DT Clemson 5Sr
5-6 Johnathan Howard WR North Carolina 4Sr
5-6 Isaiah Ford WR Virginia Tech 3Jr
6th Brad Watson CB Wake Forest 4Sr
6th DeAngelo Brown DT Louisville 5Sr
6th Ryan Izzo TE Florida State 3So
6th Ryan Switzer WR North Carolina 4Sr
6th Kenneth Ekanem OLB Virginia Tech 5Sr
6th Travis Rudolph WR Florida State 3Jr
6th Quin Blanding S Virginia 3Jr
6th Gabe Brandner T Duke rJr
6th James Quick WR Louisville 4Sr
6th Jaylen Samuels FB North Carolina State 3Jr
6th Freddie Stevenson FB Florida State 4Sr
6th Nathan Andrews S Florida State 4Sr
6-7 Matt Milano OLB Boston College 4Sr
6-7 Josh Jones S North Carolina State 4Jr
6-7 Chad Thomas DE Miami-Fl 3Jr
6-7 Wilson Bell G Florida State 4Jr
6-7 Bobby Wolford FB Boston College 5Sr
6-7 Mike Strizak OLB Boston College 5Sr
6-7 Desmond Lawrence CB North Carolina 5Sr
7th Andrew Motuapuaka ILB Virginia Tech 3Jr
7th Korrin Wiggins S Clemson 4Jr
7th Daniel Isidora G Miami-Fl 5Sr
7th Nigel Williams DT Virginia Tech 5Sr
7th Tim Harris CB Virginia 4Sr
7th Demarcus Walker DE Florida State 4Sr
7th M.J. Stewart CB North Carolina 3Jr
7-FA Jamal Carter S Miami-Fl 4Sr
7-FA Joshua Banks DT Wake Forest 5Sr
7-FA Micah Kiser ILB Virginia 4Jr
7-FA Stacy Coley WR Miami-Fl 4Sr
7-FA Bradley Chubb DE North Carolina State 3Jr
FA Elijah Hood RB North Carolina 3Jr
FA Dajuan Drennon DE North Carolina 5Sr
FA Kareem Are G Florida State 5Sr
FA Chris Griffin T Georgia Tech 4Jr
FA Jeremy Smith RB Louisville 3Jr
FA Jerod Fernandez ILB North Carolina State 4Jr
FA Zaire Franklin ILB Syracuse rSr
FA Steve Ishmael WR Syracuse 3Jr
FA Jack Tocho CB North Carolina State 4Sr
FA Ju’Michael Ramos WR North Carolina State 4Sr
FA Mack Hollins WR North Carolina 5Sr
FA Ben Boulware ILB Clemson 4Sr
FA Josh Parris TE Syracuse 5Sr
FA Cam Serigne TE Wake Forest 4Jr
FA Trey Marshall S Florida State 3Jr
FA Brisly Estime WR Syracuse 4Sr
FA Jonathan McLaughlin T Virginia Tech 5Sr
FA Ro’Derrick Hoskins ILB Florida State rJr
FA Bryon Fields CB Duke 4Jr
FA Taquan Mizzell RB Virginia 4Sr
FA Joseph Yearby RB Miami-Fl 3Jr
FA Jacob Pugh OLB Florida State Jr
FA Truman Gutapfel DT Boston College 4Sr
FA Shaq Wiggins CB Louisville 3Jr
FA Keith Towbridge TE Louisville 4Sr
FA Chucky Williams S Louisville 4Jr
FA Trevor Darling T Miami-Fl 3Jr
FA Cam Phillips WR Virginia Tech 3Jr
FA P.J. Davis OLB Georgia Tech 4Sr
FA Al-Quadin Muhammad DE x-Miami-Fl 4Jr
FA James Conner FB Pittsburgh 3Jr
FA Mario Pender RB Florida State 5Sr
FA Brandon Radcliff RB Louisville 5Sr
FA Caleb Peterson G North Carolina 5Sr
FA Eric Smith G Virginia 4Sr
FA Jesus Wilson WR Florida State 4Sr
FA Augie Conte G Virginia Tech 5Sr
FA DeVon Edwards CB Duke 5Sr
FA Dontez Ford WR Pittsburgh 5Sr
FA Tyrique Jarrett DT Pittsburgh 4Sr
FA Nazir Jones DT North Carolina 4Jr
FA Wyatt Teller G Virginia Tech 4Jr
FA Matt Galambos ILB Pittsburgh 4Sr
FA Bentley Spain T North Carolina 3Jr
FA Lucas Crowley C North Carolina 4Sr
FA Cole Hikutini TE Louisville 4Sr
FA Mikey Bart DE North Carolina 4Sr
FA T.J. Logan RB North Carolina 4Sr
FA Corneilus Elder CB Miami-Fl 4Sr
FA Kermit Whitfield WR Florida State 4Sr
FA M.J. Salahuddin ILB North Carolina State 5Sr
FA Bra’Lon Cherry WR North Carolina State 4Sr
FA Sunny Odogwu T Miami-Fl 4Jr
FA Freddie Burden C Georgia Tech 5Sr
FA Jay Guillermo C Clemson 5Sr
FA Nathan Peterman QB Pittsburgh 5Sr
FA Jon Heck T North Carolina 5Sr
FA Casey Blaser T Duke 5Sr
FA Patrick Gamble DT Georgia Tech 5Sr
FA Samuel Rogers FB Virginia Tech 4Sr
FA Kelvin Rainey S Virginia 5Sr
FA Jadar Johnson S Clemson 4Sr
FA Jaymar Parrish FB Pittsburgh 4Sr
FA Dravious Wright S North Carolina State 4Sr
FA Kevin Kavalec DE Boston College 4Sr
FA Marqez Hodge ILB Syracuse 4Sr
FA Monty Nelson DT North Carolina State 4Sr
FA Kiola Mahoni G Louisville 3Jr
FA Deondre Singleton S Duke 4Sr
FA Thomas Brown OLB Wake Forest 4Sr


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.