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Rankings of 136 NFL prospects from the ACC, based on the 2013 conference configuration.  Moving forward Louisville supplants Maryland, who’s headed for the Big Ten.

 

 

 

 

 


Boston College

Scouts stamped Andrew Gallik with a late round grade and after breaking down the film I concur and gave the senior center a 6th round ranking. He’s not flashy but like many of his predecessors from Boston College who’ve gone on to have success in the NFL, Gallik is a smart, tough blocker on the pivot who does the little things well.

Brian Mihalik is an intriguing prospect. The defensive end measures over 6-feet, 8.5-inches and flashes ability. He’s long, possibly to long, but I think he’ll have an opportunity to play at the next level as a two gap end or interior defensive lineman.

UConn transfer Ty-Meer Brown has taken his game north, at least geographically. I believe Brown will benefit from the attack defense he’ll now play in and has the opportunity to improve his draft stock.

Clemson

Many were surprised I did not grade Vic Beasley as the top NFL prospect from the ACC. Much of the “Tony Pauline hates Clemson” complaining, which started at the Senior Bowl after my Tajh Boyd tweet, has regained steam. In a nutshell its garbage. I like Beasley as a player but have my concerns as where he’ll fit at the next level; is he a 3-4 outside linebacker? One-gap defensive end? The history of smallish defensive ends who received huge grades from scouts, as Beasley did in spring meetings, is not good. The other day during a twitter conversation I mentioned the names Quentin Moses and Quentin Groves from the past, similar players who were ranked by some scouting services prior to their senior seasons as the top prospects in the nation. That doesn’t pigeon hole Beasley as all prospects should be graded individually but I think he’s as scheme-specific prospect that may not appeal to every team. On film Beasley shows great pass rush skill and the ability to easily change direction then catch ball handlers in backside pursuit, a major plus in his scouting evaluation.

Duke

Its great to see Duke play winning football and we should start to see some of their players being selected in the draft. Laken Tomlinson is a stout, well built guard who sinks his hips on the line and blocks with leverage. He’s not overly effective blocking in motion but has enough ability to make the two-deep at the next level.

Receiver Jamison Crowder is small but quick and sneaky fast. He’s a proto-typical slot receiver for the next level who seemingly has punt return skills.

Florida State

So much of the off season has centered on the off the field escapades of quarterback Jameis Winston, which is a shame. There’s so much to like about his game on film. His physical skills, decision making and mental grasp of leading an offense is truly the stuff of top five selections. Winston is patient in the pocket, surveys the field and consistently turns away from covered targets. He’s a danger throwing the ball or running with it and the way he kept improving last season, his year first as a starter, was impressive. Yes he needs polish, especially with many of his shorter throws and then there’s the off the field issues. Is Winston just an immature kid who needs to grow up or are his transgressions the result of a personality order? That’s for NFL decision makers to investigate but I really hope its the former as he’s an exciting quarterback prospect in the mold of Robert Griffin Jr.

I felt much the same excitement watching Cameron Erving on film. The former defensive lineman has taken to the left tackle spot like a duck to water. He’s athletic, explosive and blocks with sound mechanics. He’s smart but at the same time blocks with a nasty attitude. His run blocking needs improvement as Erving does not possess the strength to drive defenders off the ball, but that should come in time as he has great upside. I applaud his decision to return for his senior campaign and feel Erving should creep into the top 15 selections of next years draft.

Nick Waisome has fallen off the scouting radar after a poor 2013 campaign. The sixth round grade he was stamped with on our list is a reflection of his play the prior season based on what I think Waisome is capable of. The question is how much playing time will Waisome receive this season with so much talent at the cornerback position on the FSU roster?

Several months ago I posted a message on twitter about fake grades making the rounds, primarily in the agent community. Tre’ Jackson was graded as the top senior prospect on that misguided list. Forget about the fact I grade him as a sixth rounder area scouts and will confirm Jackson ranks third on their list of Seminole seniors on the offensive line behind Cameron Erving and Josue Matias.

I’ve been called out by a number of people because of the free agent ranking I gave Mario Edwards Jr., so I went back and studied the notes. What it confirmed was someone who did not make a lot of plays on the ball (evidenced by his stats) or create opportunities for teammates. I didn’t see a defensive lineman who was especially explosive or strong. Maybe I’m wrong or I may have expected to much from Edwards but until further notice I’ll stick to my guns on this one.

Georgia Tech

Is Darren Waller the next big time receiver prospect from Georgia Tech? From a mesurables point he’s similar to Calvin Johnson though not as fast and that’s where the similarities end. Waller shows flashes rather than dominance. He has great upside potential but one must wonder how much his game will develop in the Yellow Jackets offense.

Maryland

The Terps move to the Big Ten in 2014 but for my purposes and the continuity of film work it was easier to keep them in the ACC one last time. They have a terrific defense with a number of underrated prospects.

Darius Kilgo is a tough, strong yet mobile defensive tackle who reminds me of Beau Allen, seventh round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s stout enough to hold the point but also nimble enough to get down the line and chase the action. Surprisingly Kilgo’s name does not register with scouts at this time, something I believe will change in a few months.

Much the same can be said of cornerback Jeremiah Johnson; mention his name to scouts and you’ll get a shoulder shrug. Its understandable to a point as Johnson sat on the sidelines in 2013 with a toe injury. But go back to the 2012 film and there were times Johnson out played Dexter McDougle, drafted by the New York Jets in the third round last April.

Linebacker L.A. Goree rounds out the trio of no name prospects with next level potential. Goree is not a great athlete but a tough, instinctive defender constantly making plays on the ball.

Scouts like Maryland’s other linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, who was rotated into the line-up last season. He’s a better athlete compared to Goree with great measurables but needs work to complete his game.

If I were to compose and all underrated team receiver Deon Long would be a starter. He’s accomplished in all areas of the game; as a pass catcher, blocker and run after the catch guy. He also offers decent size and sprinters speed. I feel he deserves a middle round grade and could end up under drafted next April.

Stefon Diggs is another wide out to watch. He has the ability to stretch the field and make big plays from the line of scrimmage. One could argue he should be rated higher than our sixth round grade but I’ll wait for Diggs to up his game and show more consistency before doing so.

Miami-Fl

There’s a good chance we’ll see Hurricane prospects consistently chosen in the draft’s top 100 selections next year.

Duke Johnson is a terrific running back prospect and a quick, creative ball carrier with speed. He has a burst which can be turned on in a single step and Johnson easily beats defenders into the open field. The junior is also a consistent pass catching threat out of the backfield and offers starting potential at the next level.

Denzel Perryman will justifiably draw comparisons to Ray Lewis as he’s an explosive sideline-to-sideline linebacker with three down possibilities at the next level. The fact he’s under 6-feet tall will knock him off a few draft boards but if used properly Perryman will be a productive starter in the NFL.

Philip Dorsett is a game breaking receiver that’s a threat to take it the distance any time the ball is in his hands. His ability to effortlessly make the deep catch at full speed is impressive.

Scouts are split on Clive Walford as the tight end receives everything from middle round to free agent grades. I’m of the latter opinion as while I think Walford is a solid prospect he does nothing exceptional. He’s not a great blocker nor a tight end that strikes fear based on the ability to make plays down the field.

North Carolina

Towards the end of the 2014 draft process a source informed me they were of the opinion that we’ll see a big drop in the quality of prospects coming from the North Carolina program and he was right. In many circles the program does not have a senior stamped with a draftable grade and their are no exceptional underclassmen waiting in the wings.

I do like Norkeithus Otis, a college defensive end who’ll get consideration at outside linebacker in the NFL. Otis is relatively athletic and makes plays in pursuit as well as up the field.

Travis Hughes is also another solid athlete on the defensive side of the ball. The linebacker flashes ability in space, making a lot of plays in the open field. He’ll offer possibilities as a traditional weak side linebacker.

North Carolina State

I generously stamped cornerback Justin Burris with a fourth round grade based on the flashes he showed and the future possibilities I saw. He plays with toughness and solid ball skills.

In many ways offensive tackle Rob Crisp has had his future possibilities halted by injury. Prior to the start of the 2013 campaign I rated the left tackle as a potential third/fourth round pick before his season was ended by a concussion and that was after missing most of the 2012 campaign with back issues. Crisp has the talent to play at the next level but durability is a big question mark.

Pittsburgh

I might be the only person to stamp cornerback Lafayette Pitts with a second/third round grade but I’ll take my chances. The past two seasons I’ve watched Pitts develop into a steady and sometimes spectacular corner. For the most part he plays solid football and stays away from mental mistakes. I like him as a prospect now and think he offers a good amount of upside.

Scouts speak well of right tackle Trevor Clemmings and with good reason. He’s a nimble and quick lineman effective on the line of scrimmage or blocking in motion. While I list him as a tackle I think in the end Clemmings will be used at guard for a zone/motion blocking system.

For two seasons now I’ve graded Todd Thomas as a solid weakside linebacker and potential draftable prospect. He shows good range and ability in space as well as skills in coverage. Thomas, who’s had several knee surgeries, indicated prior to the start of last season he was leaving the Pittsburgh program before reversing course. Both must be looked into.

Syracuse

Junior Durell Eskridge is a big time prospect with great potential. He has terrific size, athleticism and range in centerfield. Most would be surprised if Eskridge does not enter the 2015 draft and a big season could push him into the middle part of round two.

Quarterback Terrel Hunt is a prospect on the rise and a player I really like. He’s sort of a poor man’s Donovan McNabb; an athletic passer that also makes plays carrying the ball. What I like about Hunt is the patience he displays in the pocket. Even if there’s an opportunity to take off up the field, Hunt will stay behind the line of scrimmage or move around the pocket in search of an open wide out. I like his upside and feel he has a definite future in the NFL.

Earlier I spoke about the false grades being passed around and evidently Sean Hickey was one of its victims. Victim in the sense he was falsely informed he received a third/fourth round grade when in fact I’m told he was stamped as a late rounder. On film Hickey is a tough lineman who blocks with solid fundamentals, making good use of angles and body positioning. He also plays like an average athlete and rarely finishes blocks, the primary reason I grade him as a 6th round prospect.

Virginia

I’d be shocked if there’s not a coaching change at Virginia after the season but as bad as the team may turn out to be, Eli Harold is worth watching. He’s an undersized but athletic defensive end who makes plays up the field or laterally. Harold’s film oozes quickness, explosion and the ability to force the action. He’s presently on the fringe of being a top 75 pick and could move higher with a big season and solid pre-daft workouts, assuming he opts for the NFL.

Virginia Tech

Its seems Virginia Tech has hit a speed bump as I predict no early round selections for the foreseeable future.

Redshirt sophomore Jonathan McLaughlin looks like a solid future prospect. Sized well, he shows both athleticism and strength at the tackle spot.

I’m a fan of Detrick Bonner, though I thought he played better in 2012 than he did last season. At the top of his game Bonner is a rangy safety prospect with solid ball skills.

Wake Forest

Scouts love cornerback Kevin Johnson, grading him as one of the better senior prospects in the country, let alone cornerbacks. I’m not so sure as Johnson really struggles making plays with his back to the ball and does to much face-guarding, which will cost him at the next level.

 
Rnd Full Name School Pos Yr

1st

Jameis Winston

Florida State
QB
3So

1st

Cameron Erving

Florida State
T
5Sr

1st

Vic Beasley

Clemson

OLB

5Sr

2nd

Duke Johnson

Miami-Fl
RB
3Jr

2nd

P.J. Williams

Florida State
CB
3Jr

2-3

Lafayette Pitts

Pittsburgh
CB
4Jr

3rd

Ronald Darby

Florida State
CB
3Jr

3rd

Denzel Perryman

Miami-Fl

ILB

4Sr

3rd

Philip Dorsett

Miami-Fl
WR
4Sr

3rd

Durell Eskridge

Syracuse
S
4Jr

3rd

Trevor Clemmings

Pittsburgh
T
5Sr

3rd

Rashad Greene

Florida State
WR
4Sr

3-4

Eli Harold

Virginia
DE
3Jr

3-4

Karlos Williams

Florida State
RB
4Sr

4th

Brandon Reddish

Syracuse
CB
4Sr

4th

Josue Matias

Florida State
G
4Sr

4th

Ashton Broyld

Syracuse
WR
3Jr

4th

Terrel Hunt

Syracuse
QB
4Jr

4th

Juston Burris

North Carolina State
CB
4Jr

4-5

Kevin Johnson

Wake Forest
CB
5Sr

5th

Ereck Flowers

Miami-Fl
T
3Jr

5th

Nick O’Leary

Florida State
TE
4Sr

5th

Sean Davis

Maryland
S
3Jr

5th

Jonathan McLaughlin

Virginia Tech
T
3So

5th

Deon Long

Maryland
WR
5Sr

5th

Detrick Bonner

Virginia Tech
S
5Sr

5th

Shane McDermott

Miami-Fl
C
5Sr

5-6

Bobby Hart

Florida State
G
4Sr

6th

Darius Kilgo

Maryland
DT
5Sr

6th

Andrew Gallik

Boston College
C
5Sr

6th

Sean Hickey

Syracuse
T
5Sr

6th

Darren Waller

Georgia Tech
WR
4Sr

6th

Anthony Harris

Virginia
S
4Sr

6th

Corey Crawford

Clemson
DE
4Sr

6th

Rayshawn Jenkins

Miami-Fl
S
3Jr

6th

Nick Waisome

Florida State
CB
4Sr

6th

Jeremiah Johnson

Maryland
CB
5Sr

6th

Dyshawn Davis

Syracuse

OLB

4Sr

6th

Terrance Smith

Florida State

OLB

4Jr

6th

Isaiah Battle

Clemson
T
3Jr

6th

Brandon Chubb

Wake Forest

ILB

4Jr

6th

Brandon Ross

Maryland
RB
3Jr

6th

Kyshoen Jarrett

Virginia Tech
S
4Sr

6th

Luther Maddy

Virginia Tech
DT
4Sr

6th

Laken Tomlinson

Duke
G
5Sr

6th

Anthony Nixon

Maryland
S
3Jr

6-7

Norkeithus Otis

North Carolina
DE
4Sr

6th

Anthony Chickillo

Miami-Fl
DE
4Sr

6th

Tre’ Jackson

Florida State
G
4Sr

6-7

Tim Scott

North Carolina
CB
4Sr

6th

Connor Wujciak

Boston College
DT
4Jr

6-7

Stefon Diggs

Maryland
WR
3Jr

6-7

Josh Parris

Syracuse
TE
3So

6-7

Isaiah Johnson

Georgia Tech
S
5Sr

7th

Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil

Maryland

OLB

5Sr

7th

Jamison Crowder

Duke
WR
5Sr

7th

Nile Lawrence-Stample

Florida State
DT
4Jr

7th

Ty-Meer Brown

Boston College
S
5Sr

7-FA

L.A. Goree

Maryland

ILB

5Sr

7-FA

Brian Mihalik

Boston College
DE
4Sr

7-FA

Jarrod West

Syracuse
WR
5Sr
FA
Clive Walford

Miami-Fl
TE
5Sr
FA
Rob Crisp

North Carolina State
T
4Sr
FA
Josh Stanford

Virginia Tech
WR
3So
FA
Adam Gostis

Georgia Tech
DT
3Jr
FA
Takoby Cofield

Duke
T
5Sr
FA
Quinton Jefferson

Maryland
DE
3Jr
FA
Chris Milton

Georgia Tech
S
4Jr
FA
LaDarius Gunter

Miami-Fl
CB
5Sr
FA
Mario Edwards Jr.

Florida State
DE
3Jr
FA
Jamal Golden

Georgia Tech
S
4Jr
FA
Joe Thuney

North Carolina State
T
4Jr
FA
Demitri Knowles

Virginia Tech
WR
4Jr
FA
Grady Jarrett

Clemson
DT
4Sr
FA
Matthew Robinson

Maryland

OLB

5Sr
FA
Giorgio Newberry

Florida State
TE
4Jr
FA
Deon Bush

Miami-Fl
S
3Jr
FA
Todd Thomas

Pittsburgh

OLB

5Sr
FA
Prince-Tyson Gulley

Syracuse
RB
5Sr
FA
Matt Robinson

Maryland

OLB

5Sr
FA
D.J. Reader

Clemson
DT
3Jr
FA
Josh Watson

Clemson
DT
5Sr
FA
Olson Pierre

Miami-Fl
DT
4Sr
FA
Thomas Teal

North Carolina State
DT
5Sr
FA
Deandre Smelter

Georgia Tech
WR
4Sr
FA
Jonathan Feliciano

Miami-Fl
G
5Sr
FA
Stephone Anthony

Clemson

ILB

4Sr
FA
Mike Rose

North Carolina State
DE
4Jr
FA
Cameron Lynch

Syracuse

OLB

4Sr
FA
M.J. Salahuddin

North Carolina State

ILB

3Jr
FA
Michael Dunn

Maryland
T
3So
FA
C.J. Brown

Maryland
QB
6Sr
FA
Travis Hughes

North Carolina

OLB

4Sr
FA
David Grinnage

North Carolina State
TE
3So
FA
Tracy Howard

Miami-Fl
CB
3Jr
FA
Kevin Parks

Virginia
RB
5Sr
FA
Laurence Gipson

Virginia Tech
T
5Sr
FA
Herb Waters

Miami-Fl
WR
3Jr
FA
Cole Farrand

Maryland

ILB

4Sr
FA
Tavaris Barnes

Clemson
DE
5Sr
FA
Quayshawn Nealy

Georgia Tech

ILB

5Sr
FA
Shaquille Mason

Georgia Tech
G
4Sr
FA
Bobby Vardaro

Boston College
G
5Sr
FA
Anthony Boone

Duke
QB
5Sr
FA
Willie Byrn

Virginia Tech
WR
5Sr
FA
John Bennett

Pittsburgh
RB
4Sr
FA
Jack Tabb

North Carolina
TE
4Sr
FA
Ethan Farmer

North Carolina
DT
5Sr
FA
Daquan Romero

Virginia

OLB

4Sr
FA
Stanton Seckinger

Clemson
TE
4Jr
FA
Jamal Bruce

Duke
DT
5Sr
FA
Eric Crume

Syracuse
DT
4Sr
FA
Davis Dean

Virginia
DT
4Sr
FA
Caleb Farris

Virginia Tech
G
4Sr
FA
Drequan Hoskey

Virginia
CB
5Sr
FA
T.Y. McGill

North Carolina State
DT
4Sr
FA
Matthew Rotheram

Pittsburgh
G
5Sr
FA
Henry Coley

Virginia

ILB

5Sr
FA
David Beasley

Clemson
G
5Sr
FA
Robert Smith

Clemson
S
4Sr
FA
A.J. Hendy

Maryland
S
4Sr
FA
Harris Williams

Boston College
G
5Sr
FA
Anthony Gonzalez

Pittsburgh

ILB

5Sr
FA
Kalon Davis

Clemson
G
5Sr
FA
Christopher Brathwaite

Virginia
DT
5Sr
FA
Kelby Brown

Duke

ILB

5Sr
FA
Micah Robinson

Syracuse
DE
5Sr
FA
Manasseh Garner

Pittsburgh
WR
5Sr
FA
Joey Garside

Wake Forest
FB
5Sr
FA
Cole Stoudt

Clemson
QB
4Sr
FA
Demetrious Nicholson

Virginia
CB
4Sr
FA
Tyson Chandler

North Carolina State
T
5Sr
FA
Matt James

Wake Forest
WR
5Sr
FA
Ian Silberman

Boston College
T
5Sr
FA
Robert Welsh

Syracuse
DE
5Sr
FA
Braxton Deaver

Duke
TE
5Sr
FA
Tyler Murphy

Boston College
QB
4Sr