Our ACC preview of NFL hopefuls includes 128 graded players.  The addition of former Big East schools Syracuse and Pittsburgh inflate the numbers.  While there’s only one potentially dominant prospect there’s a good deal of depth through round three from both sides of the line of scrimmage.


Rnd Full Name Pos School Notes
1st Sammy Watkins WR Clemson Tremendous receiver prospect destined to be an early pick in the draft. Quick in all aspects, possesses soft, supple hands and dangerous running after the catch. Has the makings of a number one receiver in the NFL and scheme diverse.
2nd Kareem Martin DE North Carolina Tall, angular defensive lineman that shows a lot of flashes and natural pass rush skills. Fluid, possesses terrific movement skills and shows skill in pursuit. Does not play with a sense of urgency or much intensity.
2nd Denzel Perryman ILB Miami-Fl Instinctive, explosive linebacker in the Ray Lewis mold. Fast, outstanding in pursuit and effective defending the run or covering the pass. Scheme diverse and can be used at middle linebacker, inside linebacker or on the weak side. Has a great upside.
2nd Lafayette Pitts CB Pittsburgh Dynamic sophomore corner with a huge upside. Shows flashes of dominance and someone who could turn into an early selection.
2-3 James Gayle DE Virginia Tech Smallish defensive end who plays with great quickness, explosion and tenacity. Natural pass rusher that can also pursue the action with speed. Good college player but could end up as the next Darryl Tapp/Jason Worilds.
2-3 Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech Fast rising defensive back with potential at corner or safety. Physically aggressive and offers a variety of skill. Rarely challenged by opposing quarterbacks.
2-3 Antone Exum S Virginia Tech Physically gifted defensive back that looks imposing on the field. Aggressive, beats down opponents and works to make plays. Lined up at corner in 2012 but a much better fit at safety.
2-3 Tajh Boyd QB Clemson Athletic college signal caller that’s a threat throwing the ball or running with it. Showed great progress as a passer last season and has an upside but still needs a lot of work and by no means a sure thing. Potentially a terrific read-option quarterback.
2-3 Morgan Moses T Virginia Massive, rather athletic tackle with a huge upside. Mobile, strong and can be dominant. Does not block with balance or show a nasty attitude. Needs a lot of work and slightly overrated at this point.
2-3 Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State Watch out. Potentially the next great defensive lineman from FSU is he puts it together. Flashes brilliance, dominance and big, fluid athlete that can impose his will. Then again very streaky and does not make enough plays. Needs to perform every week as he did in the ACC title game of 2012.
2-3 Seantrel Henderson T Miami-Fl Athletic college tackle with an inconsistent game. At times dominates opponents showing terrific skill in pass protection or driving defenders off the line run blocking. Looks very ordinary in other instances getting beaten by speedy pass rushers and playing with little balance. Has an upside but must tie up the loose ends of his game to be an early pick in next April’s draft.
3rd Cameron Erving T Florida State Terrific young prospect with a high upside. Large, athletic and flashes brilliance in both pass protection and blocking on the move. Needs to increase his strength but a potential top 90 pick.
3rd Nick Waisome CB Florida State Terrific cornerback that’s overshadowed by the headlining talent in the Seminole secondary. Shows a complete game and rarely makes mental errors.
3rd Logan Thomas QB Virginia Tech Big armed pocket passer with tremendous physical skill. Needs to improve the consistency of his accuracy but has NFL skills. Comes off a disappointing 2012 campaign but much better than many are presently predicting.
3rd Stephen Morris QB Miami-Fl Athletic signal caller with NFL skills. Possesses the arm strength necessary to make all the throws and the leg speed to pick up yardage carrying the ball or make the throw on the move. For the most part makes good decisions and has an upside. Not a spectacular prospect yet underrated.
3rd Luther Maddy DT Virginia Tech Quick interior lineman with a large upside. Plays with great quickness, at times impossible to handle and causes disruption. May have growth limitations but potentially a terrific three-technique tackle prospect.
3rd Devin Street WR Pittsburgh Fluid, natural receiver with dependable hands. Really lacks any semblance of quickness or speed in his game.
3rd Tim Scott CB North Carolina Talented defensive back with a high upside. Adequate size, quick and effective in man coverage or zone. Potential top 75 choice.
3rd James Wilder Jr. RB Florida State Big, smooth ball carrier who’s shown consistent development. Strong, breaks tackles or carries the pile for extra yards. Agile enough to turn the corner and shows a nice burst. Needs work but possesses the skills to be a feature runner in the NFL.
3rd Christian Jones OLB Florida State Incredibly athletic outside linebacker that makes plays in every direction of the field. Fast, effective in space and has and upside. Instincts and reaction time are questionable.
3-4 Brandon Thomas G Clemson Explosive lineman that has shown dominance since his freshman season. Strong at the point, effective in motion and overwhelms opponents as a run blocker or in pass protection. Lines up at left tackle but better off inside at guard.
3-4 Derrick Hopkins DT Virginia Tech Stout lineman in the middle that shows a lot of quickness in his game. Can be a difference maker up front. Potential three technique tackle best suited in a one-gap system.
3-4 Rob Crisp T North Carolina State Underrated left tackle that’s shown terrific progress on the field. Possesses good size, growth potential and blocks with solid fundamentals. Solid footwork and really stands out in pass protection.
3-4 Lamarcus Joyner CB Florida State Small yet fast and explosive defensive back. Terrific range and flashes ball skills. Size is a limiting factor and he’s consistently losing out in battles. Nice defensive back with an upside but overrated at present time.
3-4 Jeremiah Johnson CB Maryland Big, explosive corner with terrific upside. Quick, very fast and shows a lot of skill in man coverage. Top 100 pick if he continues to progress.
3-4 Keon Lyn CB Syracuse Solid cover corner with good ball skills and terrific size. Feisty and instinctive. Deep speed may be a concern as well as his ability to make plays with his back to the ball.
4th Bryn Renner QB North Carolina Solid college quarterback that’s shown consistent development in his game. Terrific job commanding and controlling the offense. Makes good decisions and uses all his targets. Lacks great pocket stature and needs to improve his accuracy but can develop into a productive NFL signal caller.
4th Brandon Linder G Miami-Fl Strong, small area blocker with a solid game. Fundamentally sound, play smart football and works hard. Lacks great movement skills yet has next level potential.
4th Brandon Reddish CB Syracuse Developing corner with good skills. Struggles to see a lot of playing time but effective in zone and can play backed off the line.
4th Kyshoen Jarrett S Virginia Tech Tough, explosive defensive back with a developing game. Shows skill in all areas and reminds me of a better, more athletic version of Cody Grimm.
4-5 Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech Play making linebacker that shows a well-rounded game. Deceptively strong, stout against the run and offers skill in coverage. Also possesses natural pass rushing skill. For some reason just doesn’t seem to have the “wow” factor but can play.
4-5 Josh Watson DT Clemson Undersized yet athletic defensive tackle prospect with a nice upside.
4-5 James Hurst T North Carolina Tall, large college left tackle that may be better off on the right side in the NFL. Possesses good size, growth potential and a strong run blocker. Plays smart football as well.
4-5 Shane McDermott C Miami-Fl Intelligent, explosive center with a great feel for the game. Blocks with solid fundamentals, works well with linemates and solid in all areas. Offers growth potential and has an upside.
5th Allen Hurns WR Miami-Fl Fast, game breaking receiver with solid pass catching skills. Shows the ability to make long plays from the line of scrimmage. Struggled with injury last season and was unable to take his game to another level. Potential fourth receiver at the next level.
5th Detrick Bonner S Virginia Tech Developing defensive back that shows a lot of flashes. Possesses solid ball skills and gives effort defending the run. Offers an upside but has lapses in concentration, which are a concern.
5th Josue Matias G Florida State Thick, stout lineman who shows surprising ability blocking in motion. Easily overwhelms opponents at the point of attack and dominant as a run blocker. Needs to improve his blocking balance and put together a complete game but offers next level skill.
5th Terrence Brooks S Florida State Solid but not special safety with next level athleticism. Needs to show he’s more than just a run defender in 2013.
5th Gifford Timothy T Clemson Tall, strong, smart right tackle prospect. Drives opponents off the line run blocking and effectively uses angles and body positioning in pass protection. A bit stiff and limited with his footwork.
5th Todd Thomas OLB Pittsburgh Athletic, three down linebacker that goes sideline to sideline. Solid weakside candidate.
5-6 Jack Tyler ILB Virginia Tech Small yet explosive linebacker outstanding in pursuit. Smart, tough and better than advertised athlete. Has one-gap size but plays big.
6th Corey Crawford DE Clemson Developing defensive end with a high upside. Athletic and quick with pass rushing skills but needs to elevate his game.
5-6 Mike Olson ILB Wake Forest Quick, intense linebacker with a large degree of versatility. Terrific in pursuit, plays with great instinct and goes hard. Scheme diverse and comes with a special teams mentality.
5-6 T.Y. McGill DT North Carolina State Quick, competitive defensive tackle who makes plays in a straight line or in pursuit. Potential three technique lineman. More of a short burst but has an upside.
5-6 Tre Boston S North Carolina Developing defensive back with potential at corner or safety. Quick, fast in a straight line and aggressive. Really better facing the action.
6th Asa Watson TE North Carolina State Terrific pass catching tight end. Quick in his all around game, possesses reliable hands and makes the difficult catch in a crowd. Gives effort as a blocker but possesses marginal strength at the point. Potential move tight end.
6th Rashad Greene WR Florida State Skinny but quick, elusive receiver. Runs good routes, gets separation and effective running after the catch. Potential 4th receiver at the next level.
6th Jabari Price CB North Carolina Solid cornerback with well rounded skills. Dime back at the next level.
6th Tyler Shatley G Clemson Strong, nasty small area blocker. Mauls opponents, opens big holes for the running game and plays smart football. Average athlete and cannot line-up in a zone blocking system.
6th Michael Campanaro WR Wake Forest Competitive and dependable receiver that consistently comes away with the difficult grab. Has size and speed limitations but projects as a 5th/slot receiver at the next level.
6th Martavis Bryant WR Clemson Big, tall receiver with soft hands. Uses his size as an advantage. Possession wide out prospect.
6th Kevin Johnson CB Wake Forest Tall, angular cornerback with solid ball skills. Showed a lot of progress last season and has a nice upside.
6th Quintin Payton WR North Carolina State Large, game controlling receiver coming off a career year. Uses his size as an advantage beating down opponents. One speed wide out but has an upside and potentially a 5th wide out at the next level.
6th Olson Pierre DT Miami-Fl Explosive one gap lineman with a nice upside. Fires off the snap, explodes through the open gaps of the offensive line and shows the ability to quickly change direction in pursuit of the play. Offers growth potential and could eventually develop into a two gap end.
6th Russell Bodine C North Carolina Quick, explosive interior blocker with a great head for the position. Needs to improve his playing strength but well rounded in all areas. Scheme diverse and potential zone blocking prospect.
6th Dontae Johnson CB North Carolina State Feisty, hard working cornerback who competes to defend the pass. Better facing the action but offers next level ball skills.
6-7 Devonta Freeman RB Florida State Swift, creative ball carrier in the Leon Washington mold. Potential situational runner/return specialist at the next level.
6th Prince-Tyson Gulley RB Syracuse Explosive ball carrier/pass catcher out of the backfield. Good initial burst/quickness, terrific vision/instincts and does a solid job consistently picking up positive yardage.
6-7 Bobby Hart G Florida State Strong, small area blocker slated to move to tackle in 2013 after lining up at guard as a sophomore.
6th Marquis Spruill OLB Syracuse Three down linebacker proficient in space and skillful defending the run or covering the pass. Looked great as a sophomore in 2010 but never elevated his game and does not play with a sense of urgency.
7th Thomas Teal DT North Carolina State Large, rumbling interior lineman coming off a disappointing season. Strong, moves very well and controls the line of scrimmage. Overweight, poorly conditioned and close to being labeled an underachiever.
7th Cole Farrand ILB Maryland Smart, instinctive linebacker who makes plays with his head and hustle. Constantly around the ball. Quarterbacks the defense. Not a great athlete but has a lot to offer.
7th Bryan Stork C Florida State Quick, explosive blocker who plays with great intelligence. Adequate in all areas yet shows not physical dominance.
7th Brent Urban DT Virginia Tall, strong gap occupier with an NFL body. Plays with good pad level and impossible to move off the point. Marginal quickness, speed and pass rush skill but has a spot in the NFL.
7th Darryl Cato-Bishop DE North Carolina State Undersized yet athletic college defensive end with natural pass rushing skills. Plays with excellent pad level, fast off the edge and plays with good balance. Cannot get off blocks. Potential 3-4 OLB.
7th Alex Amidon WR Boston College Reliable, sure-handed wide out with no outstanding physical trait to his game.
7th Quandon Christian OLB Clemson Quick, explosive linebacker that goes sideline to sideline. Good in pursuit as well as coverage. Undersized yet offers potential on the weak side.
7th Laken Tomlinson G Duke Thick, strong wide bodied blocker with NFL potential. Plays with terrific leverage, explosive at the point and washes defenders from the action. Must improve his balance and the nuances of the position but has an upside.
7th Kasim Edebali DE Boston College Tall, thin college defensive end with solid pass rush skill. Plays hard and may have a future as a 3-4 OLB.
7th Demonte McAllister DT Florida State Strong, slug it out lineman really best occupying gaps versus making plays.
7th Chase Rettig QB Boston College Developing quarterback with a solid game. Shows a good head for the position. Has an above average arm and terrific pass placement in the short and intermediate field. Lacks great pocket size and stature.
7-FA Nick O’Leary TE Florida State Smart, consistent and dependable college tight end with no real NFL position. Lacks the height for tight end and size/strength to line up at fullback. Potential H-back and someone that will find a way onto an NFL roster.
7-FA K’Waun Williams CB Pittsburgh Tough, physical cover corner with solid ball skills. Dime back/special teamer at the next level.
FA Eric Ebron TE North Carolina
FA Tyrone Ezell DT Pittsburgh Quick, penetrating tackle who flashes ability. Has an upside but needs more consistency.
FA Jake McGee TE Virginia Tall, lean pass catching tight end with an upside. Needs to improve his playing strength but has possibility in a number of NFL schemes.
FA Kevin Pierre-Louis OLB Boston College Small yet explosive linebacker prospect who makes plays sideline to sideline. Possible weak side player at the next level.
FA Andrew Miller C Virginia Tech
FA Quayshawn Nealy OLB Georgia Tech Quick, athletic weak side linebacker with an upside. Showed little in the way of development in 2012.
FA Andre Williams RB Boston College Strong, interior ball carrier that pounds it out on the inside. Lacks great quickness and speed but shows outstanding vision and instincts. Potential rotational ball carrier at the next level.
FA Dyshawn Davis OLB Syracuse Small but quick and fierce linebacker who plays sideline to sideline. Has size limitations and will be relegated to specific systems but worth a look as an 8th OLB/special teams player.
FA Brandon Watts OLB Georgia Tech Potential three down weak side linebacker who shows more flashes than consistency.
FA Jerome Smith RB Syracuse Powerful downhill ball carrier who moves the pile and picks up the difficult yardage. Struggles carrying the ball in anything other than a straight line.
FA Josh Harris RB Wake Forest Patient ball carrier that runs low to the ground and shows the ability to make defenders miss. Does the little things well carrying the ball, catching it out of the backfield or as a blocker. Athletically limited but the type of prospect that clings to the last spot on the depth chart.
FA Bobby Vardaro G Boston College Big, strong small area blocker with an upside.
FA Jemea Thomas CB Georgia Tech Aggressive cornerback who makes to many plays after the fact.
FA Beckett Wales TE Syracuse Terrific pass catching tight end with reliable hands. Gives effort blocking but not strong at the point. Potential move tight end and third man on the depth chart.
FA Dexter McDougle CB Maryland
FA Philip Dorsett WR Miami-Fl Big-play receiver who also helps out as a return specialist. Undersized yet quick and shows the ability to stretch the defense. Loses out in battles, gets intimidated and needs to improve the consistency of his fundamentals.
FA Harris Williams G Boston College Player I really liked off the 2011 film. Played in just two games during the 2012 campaign after suffering a serious foot injury.
FA Ri’Shard Anderson CB Syracuse Aggressive corner who flashes skill. Lacks great upside but offers potential as a 9th DB/special teamer.
FA Isaiah Johnson S Georgia Tech Aggressive straight line safety with a burst. Solid ball skills between the numbers yet also displays the ability to get to the flanks in run support.
FA Louis Young CB Georgia Tech Physical corner that has an upside and shows a lot of play making skill.
FA Matt Robinson OLB Maryland Tough, run defending safety best in a straight line. Moving to outside linebacker in 2013 and worth watching.
FA Jack Tabb TE North Carolina
FA Jason Hendricks CB Pittsburgh
FA A.J. Blue RB North Carolina Powerful, interior ball carrier who picks up the tough yardage or carries the pile. Better than average quickness for a bigger back.
FA Jimmy Gaines OLB Miami-Fl Part-time starter at linebacker who displays a solid game. Fluid, relatively athletic and stands out in pursuit. Adequately sized and could develop into a backup linebacker/special teams player at the next level.
FA Roderick McDowell RB Clemson Instinctive ball carrier with average physical skills. Will get the opportunity to show his skill this season as Clemson’s feature back. Potential rotational runner in the NFL.
FA Takoby Cofield T Duke Athletic tackle prospect with an upside. Long, quick and displays footwork in pass protection. Really must improve his strength.
FA Sean Hickey T Syracuse Tall, strong side blocker with limited upside. Strong at the point yet does not play with leverage or show much in the way as a zone blocker.
FA Darius Lipford OLB North Carolina Solid weak side prospect that makes plays sideline to sideline and shows skill in coverage.
FA Drew Carswell TE Pittsburgh Undersized pass catching tight end with good hands. Limited size as well as growth potential and may be better off as a fifth receiver in the NFL.
FA Clive Walford TE Miami-Fl Athletic tight end with a high upside yet still very rough around the edges. Never truly elevated his game last season and still more athlete than football player.
FA D.J. Coles WR Virginia Tech Large, possession receiver struggling to get back to form from a knee injury. Has the ability to control games and must be monitored.
FA Kelby Brown ILB Duke Swift, sideline to sideline linebacker with a complete game yet poor size. Missed the 2012 campaign with injuries.
FA J.R. Collins DE Virginia Tech Smallish college defensive end with a great head for the ball. Lacks size for defensive end and on film does not show enough speed to move to OLB. Possible 8th OLB/special teams player at the next level.
FA Macky MacPherson C Syracuse Tough position blocker who plays with solid fundamentals. Lacks bulk and strength on the inside.
FA Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
FA Perry Simmons T Duke Strong, hard working blocker with marginal upside. Blocks with solid fundamentals and understands body positioning/angles. Potential 7th offensive lineman at the next level.
FA Jay Bromley DT Syracuse Strong, interior lineman best occupying blockers. Nice length and growth potential.
FA LaDarius Gunter CB Miami-Fl
FA Kacy Rodgers II S Miami-Fl Tough, run defending safety best playing downhill in a straight line.
FA Kenny Anunike DE Duke Tall, thin college defensive end who projects to linebacker. Relatively athletic but really must improve his strength.
FA Kris Redding DE Wake Forest Smallish college defensive end with natural pass rush skill. Good movement skills and does a solid job reading plays. A poor man’s Calvin Pace.
FA Spencer Shuey ILB Clemson
FA Steele Divitto OLB Boston College Instinctive, hard working linebacker with marginal size and athleticism. Makes plays with his heart and head. Potential 8th LB/special teams player.
FA Ross Cockrell CB Duke Talented cornerback with the ability shutdown opponents. Really better facing the action and struggles in downfield coverage.
FA Duran Lowe S Wake Forest
FA Kaleb Ramsey DT Boston College One time highly rated defensive lineman whose career has been ravaged with injury recently. Best as a three-technique tackle or potential two-gap end. Talented but durability is a major challenge.
FA Marcus Whitfield OLB Maryland
FA Zach Thompson DE Wake Forest
FA Asante Cleveland TE Miami-Fl Nice sized tight end that shown flashes yet little in the way of consistency.
FA Jarrod West WR Syracuse
FA Tom Savage QB Pittsburgh One time highly rated passer whose career has been on a downslide the past three years. Has the physical skills but must get back in the game. Keep an eye on him just in case.
FA Matt Patchan T Boston College Highly recruited high-school talent who has struggled staying healthy. Transferred from Florida and hopes to put it together in ’13.
FA Jonathan Coleman WR Boston College Smooth, gliding receiver with soft hands. Marginally productive until 2012 and has announced he will not return to Boston College for the 2013 season.
Brent Urban DT Virginia