Tar Heel at the top?A listing of the top draft eligible prospects from the ACC.  133 players make our list heading towards the 2010 season.

# Full NameSchoolPosNumYear
1Robert QuinnNorth CarolinaDE423Jr
2Bruce CarterNorth CarolinaOLB544Sr
3Allen BaileyMiami-FlDE575Sr
4Marvin AustinNorth CarolinaDT94Sr
5Anthony CastonzoBoston CollegeT744Sr
6Da’Quan BowersClemsonDE933Jr
7Kendric BurneyNorth CarolinaCB164Sr
8Jarvis JenkinsClemsonDT994Sr
9Brandon ThompsonClemsonDT983Jr
10Charles BrownNorth CarolinaCB124Sr
11Mark HerzlichBoston CollegeOLB945Sr
12Christian PonderFlorida StateQB75Sr
13Ras-I DowlingVirginiaCB194Sr
14Brandon HarrisMiami-FlCB13Jr
15Colin McCarthyMiami-FlOLB445Sr
16Ryan WilliamsVirginia TechRB343So
17Rodney HudsonFlorida StateG625Sr
18Greg LittleNorth CarolinaWR45Sr
19Marcus GilchristClemsonS124Sr
20Jermaine ThomasFlorida StateRB383Jr
21Graig CooperMiami-FlRB24Sr
22Adrian MotenMarylandOLB15Sr
23Da’Rel ScottMarylandRB235Sr
24Taiwan EasterlingFlorida StateWR84Jr
25DeAndre McDanielClemsonS24Sr
26Orlando FranklinMiami-FlG745Sr
27Nigel BradhamFlorida StateOLB133Jr
28Demetrius HartsfieldMarylandOLB93So
29Markus WhiteFlorida StateDE984Sr
30Quan SturdivantNorth CarolinaILB524Sr
31Chris HairstonClemsonT614Sr
32Cyhl QuarlesWake ForestS54Jr
33Tristan DortyWake ForestOLB554Jr
34Montel HarrisBoston CollegeRB23Jr
35DeMarcus Van DykeMiami-FlCB84Sr
36Rennie MooreClemsonDE944Jr
37Jonathan CooperNorth CarolinaG643So
38Leonard HankersonMiami-FlWR844Sr
39Brad JeffersonGeorgia TechOLB514Sr
40Cam HollandNorth CarolinaC654Jr
41Joe LooneyWake ForestG783Jr
42Andre BranchClemsonDE404Jr
43Ryan HoustonNorth CarolinaRB324Sr
44Jacory HarrisMiami-FlQB123Jr
45Davin MeggettMarylandRB83Jr
46Thomas ClaiborneBoston CollegeG785Sr
47Mario ButlerGeorgia TechCB24Sr
48Tyrod TaylorVirginia TechQB54Sr
49Cameron JohnsonVirginiaOLB563Jr
50Corey MoselyVirginiaS474Jr
51Brandon MayeClemsonOLB204Jr
52Jarmon FortsonFlorida StateWR803Jr
53Zach PianaltoNorth CarolinaTE174Sr
54Rashad CarmichaelVirginia TechCBN5Sr
55Rashard HallClemsonS313So
56Charlie HatcherDukeDT934Jr
57Torrey SmithMarylandWR824Jr
58Jared GreenVirginiaWR24Jr
59Mario EdwardsGeorgia TechS335Sr
60Josh BushWake ForestCB44Jr
61Bryan MorganDukeC624Sr
62Kenny OkoroWake ForestCB63So
63Anthony AllenGeorgia TechRB185Sr
64George BryanNorth Carolina StateTE844Jr
65Byron MaxwellClemsonCB365Sr
66Russell NennonWake ForestG725Sr
67Joel FigueroaMiami-FlG615Sr
68Jamie HarperClemsonRB83Jr
69James CumbieClemsonDT85Sr
70Jaymes BrooksVirginia TechG684Jr
71Richard GordonMiami-FlTE845Sr
72Brandon HarperDukeG555Sr
73John GravesVirginia TechDT915Sr
74Travis BenjaminMiami-FlWR33Jr
75Marshall WilliamsWake ForestWR85Sr
76Micanor RegisMiami-FlDT543Jr
77Nate IrvingNorth Carolina StateOLB565Sr
78Donnie FletcherBoston CollegeCB43Jr
79Jarrett BoykinVirginia TechWR813J
80Nathan RichmanBoston CollegeG754Jr
81Audie ColeNorth Carolina StateOLB424Jr
82Lamar YoungMarylandG704Jr
83Josh AdamsWake ForestRB275Sr
84Deunta WilliamsNorth CarolinaS275Sr
85Mike IngersollNorth CarolinaT664Sr
86Beau WarrenVirginia TechC605Sr
87Danny CoaleVirginia TechWR194Jr
88B.J. CabbellVirginiaG655Sr
89Shaun DraughnNorth CarolinaRB204Sr
90Emmett ClearyBoston CollegeG773So
91Andre SmithVirginia TechTE885Sr
92Joe TorchiaVirginiaTE845Sr
93Laron ByrdMiami-FlWR473Jr
94Anthony EgbuniweGeorgia TechDE415Sr
95Chase MinnifieldVirginiaCB134Jr
96Harland GunnMiami-FlG664Jr
97Matt ConrathVirginiaDE944Jr
98Rich LaphamBoston CollegeT665Sr
99Dominique ReeseGeorgia TechCB265Sr
100Dyrell RobertsVirginia TechWR113Jr
101Devon BrownWake ForestWR34Jr
102Rodney McLeodVirginiaS283Jr
103Michael McAdooNorth CarolinaDE943Jr
104Da’Norris SearcyNorth CarolinaS214Sr
105Alan PelcNorth CarolinaG704Sr
106Michael LemonNorth Carolina StateDE945Sr
107Tydreke PowellNorth CarolinaDT914Jr
108Roderick RollinsBoston CollegeCB205Sr
109Blake DeChristopherVirginia TechT624Jr
110DeLeon GauseBoston CollegeCB94Sr
111Cameron ChismMarylandCB223Jr
112Alex AlbrightBoston CollegeDEx5Sr
113Alex WujciakMarylandILB335Sr
114Ryan McMahonFlorida StateC285Sr
115Adrian CannonMarylandWR75Sr
116Derek DrummondMarylandDE444Jr
117Devon RamsayNorth CarolinaFB454Jr
118Owen SpencerNorth Carolina StateWR134Sr
119Johnny WhiteNorth CarolinaRB344Sr
120Austin KellyDukeWR834Sr
121Javon WalkerNorth Carolina StateS45Sr
122Wes DavisBoston CollegeS455Sr
123TJ YatesNorth CarolinaQB134Sr
124Antwine PerezMarylandS25Sr
125Lansford WatsonMarylandTE804Jr
126Patrick EgbohDukeDE905Sr
127Xavier DyeClemsonWR214Sr
128Damien BerryMiami-FlRB204Sr
129Davon MorganVirginia TechS24Sr
130Ed BarhamNorth CarolinaTE804Sr
131Hunter HaynesWake ForestOLB565Sr
132Jack ShieldsVirginiaC645Sr
133Chris FoxBoston CollegeWR425Sr

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After floundering under Al Groh for a number of seasons the Cavaliers hope a new coach takes them in a new direction.  Recently known for top offensive linemen and linebackers when Groh led the program, the first UVA player selected in the ’11 NFL Draft will be a defensive back, just as it was last April.

Offensively, receiver Jared Green works hard to come free, makes good use of the sidelines and effectively uses his frame to shield away opponents.   A tall target, Green will extend expose himself to the big hit in order to make the reception.  He lacks top end speed but has enough skills to make it as a fourth wide out.

Tight end Joe Torchia is an underrated prospect in the sense he has NFL skills yet is not highly considered in the scouting community.  Torchia is fluid releasing off the line into routes, nicely extends his hands and makes the difficult reception in contorted positions.   He bends his knees, blocks with leverage and is explosive at the point.  Torchia lacks top physical skills yet does enough to get looks as a 2nd/3rd tight end.

Ras-I Dowling is a prospect we think highly of and a guy who exceeded our expectations last season.  Off the ’08 film we thought he was a lot like Jimmy Williams, the former Virginia Tech defensive back who offered legendary physical skills yet marginal football abilities.  Dowling proved us wrong last season.  He is a terrific athlete and easily gets vertical and contorts to defend the throw, also displaying good hands for the pick.  He uses his frame to box out opponents and also possesses a solid break to the throw.   Tough defending the run, Dowling does a solid job diagnosing running plays and possesses better than average instincts.   He lacks top-end speed and struggles following receivers out of their breaks but is a much better cornerback at this point in his career when compared to his former teammate Chris Cook, the 34th pick in April’s draft.

Safety Corey Mosely is another aggressive defensive back and a prospect effective against the run and pass.  He possesses above average instincts and effectively locates the pass in the air.  Just a junior, Mosely offers a nice upside.

Linebacker Cameron Johnson is a good athlete that is forceful and fast up the field on the blitz and fluid moving in all directions of the field.  He’s a prospect we think can be a three down defender.

Virginia Pro-Prospects

RoundFull NamePosNumYear
1-2Ras-I DowlingCB194Sr
5-6Corey MoselyS474Jr
6thCameron JohnsonOLB563Jr
7thJared GreenWR24Jr
7thJoe TorchiaTE845Sr
FAB.J. CabbellG655Sr
FAChase MinnifieldCB134Jr
FAMatt ConrathDE944Jr
FARodney McLeodS283Jr
FAJack Shields (ret)C645Sr

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It seems Virginia Tech does it with smoke and mirrors every season.  Then again when you’re led by one of the best coaches in all of college football its’ easy to see why the program is always highly competitive.  The talent they’ve put into the draft has been solid yet nothing spectacular.  They had a few hits yet more than a fair share of misses.  “Solid” is the best way to characterize the class of draft eligible Hokies.

Running back Ryan Williams is a nice prospect yet not the second coming as many have predicted him to be.  Elusive with the ability to avoid defenders and piles, Williams has speed and quickness to break to the outside, shows a burst through the hole and creates his own yardage.  He does a terrific job following blocks, keeps his feet moving on contact and works runs.  Williams is also a competent receiver out of the backfield yet not a blazer carrying the ball nor a strong back on the inside.  Is he a feature runner for the next level?  We’ll need to watch more of him in the coming seasons before we give him that label.

Tyrod Taylor is an athletic college signal caller adept at both throwing the ball or carrying it.  Patient, he buys time for receivers and shows a strong arm.  An elusive ball carrier, Taylor can escape the rush then make defenders miss in the open field.  As a thrower he sprays passes, forces the ball into coverage and shows minimal pocket intangibles.  When it comes time to project him to the next level Taylor will be given more looks at running back versus quarterback.

Rashad Carmichael is a tough cornerback that battles with receivers throughout the route.  He shows good recognition facing the action but lacks the great speed and may be best suited for a zone system.

Scouts like John Graves, an explosive one gap tackle with terrific first step quickness.

Virginia Tech Pro-Prospects

RoundFull NamePosNumYear
3rdRyan WilliamsRB343So
6-7Tyrod TaylorQB54Sr
7thRashad CarmichaelCBN5Sr
FAJaymes BrooksG684Jr
FAJohn GravesDT915Sr
FAJarrett BoykinWR813J
FADanny CoaleWR194Jr
FABeau WarrenC605Sr
FAAndre SmithTE885Sr
FADyrell RobertsWR113Jr
FABlake DeChristopherT624Jr
FADavon MorganS24Sr

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