ACC/Notre Dame's Top Draft Eligible Prospects

Here's a look at each ACC school and Notre Dame's top 2016 draft eligible prospect led by Fighting Irish offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, FSU safety Jalen Ramsey and Pitt wide receiver Tyler Boyd.

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This week I will take a look at each program's top draft eligible prospect for 2016 in the Power Five conferences. Today I examine the ACC and Notre Dame.

1) Notre Dame


Ronnie Stanley is a big and long (6-5/315) offensive tackle from South Bend. He would have most certainly been one of the top OLs off the board in this past draft. He plays with extraordinary balance, agility and has terrific feet. He can bend and he can move. Stanley can drive defenders off the ball and mirror rushers in pass pro. Stanley started 13 games at right tackle in 2013 and 13 games on the left side last season. Stanley only gave up one sack in 2014. That's remarkable considering he played against Leonard Williams (USC), Frank Clark (Michigan), Marcus Hardison (Arizona State), Lorenzo Mauldin (Louisville), Sheldon Rankins (Louisville) and Danielle Hunter (LSU). He also recorded 110 knockdown blocks last fall.


2) Florida State


Jalen Ramsey has done it all in the Seminole secondary, playing both cornerback and safety in Tallahassee. He has 28 career starts playing both positions. Last season Ramsey recorded 97 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, two interceptions, and has 12 pass breakups. In 2013, Ramsey became the first true freshman to start at cornerback since Deion Sanders. Ramsey can flat out do it all in the back end. He’s an extremely athletic and versatile talent that looks like the top safety prospect in next year’s class.


3) Pitt


Tyler Boyd took college football by storm as a true freshman in 2013, catching 85 balls for 1,174 yards and scoring seven times. Last season he hauled in 78 catches for 1,261 yards and eight touchdowns. At 6-2/190 Boyd possesses good size. This is a player that can make the spectacular look easy. He has a wide catch radius, terrific body control and hand-eye coordination. At this time it looks like Boyd could be the first wide receiver off the board next spring.


4) Virginia Tech


There’s another Fuller on the verge of entering the NFL and he will be the fourth. In 2014 Kyle Fuller was drafted in the first round by the Bears. Vincent Fuller also played cornerback in the pros while Corey was a wide receiver. That's amazing. Now it’s Kendall Fuller’s turn. This Hokie was a star from day one in Blacksburg. In fact he was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman, recording 58 tackles, 11 pass deflections and six picks for the 2013 season. Last year he played with a nagging wrist injury and still registered 54 tackles, two interceptions and 15 pass breakups. This Fuller is blessed with a combination of good size and speed. Add his athleticism and you have the makings of a first round draft pick next spring.


5) North Carolina


Landon Turner has played in Chapel Hill since his true freshman season and has started 27 times over his career at North Carolina. Last season was a big one for Turner and he graded out at 87%. This is a pretty good athlete that can play with some power in the run game while his pass pro has shown improvement each season.


6) Miami


Safety Deon Bush is the safe pick here for Miami. But I still believe that athletically, Stacy Coley is the call here with the most upside. He’s coming off a terrific spring and has much to play for this fall. Quarterback Brad Kaaya is a year older and should be much improved off a nice freshman season. Coley is as gifted as any of the wide receiver prospects in this draft class. He has good size and length. Coley can run like a deer and has very good quickness. He has made some big plays at Miami but he's also had his share of drops. It’s time he puts it all together. A big year will skyrocket his draft stock.


7) Duke


It was huge news for David Cutcliffe and his Blue Devil program when Jeremy Cash decided to return to Durham for his final season at Duke. Cash has been a terrific player and will have a chance to be a very high draft pick next spring. This safety from South Florida signed with Ohio State and played a season for the Buckeyes before transferring to Duke in 2012. He’s an All-American and has made All-ACC back-to-back seasons for the Blue Devils after recording 235 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss, six interceptions and 11 pass breakups. Cash missed spring practice because of a knee injury but should be fine for the fall. He’s a top-notch defensive back that makes plays in the run game and in coverage.


8) Clemson


Mike Williams is the call now but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it eventually becomes cornerback Mackenzie Alexander. Williams, 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, is one of the top returning wide receivers in the ACC. He projects as a likely day two pick but has a chance to do better simply because Williams should have a monster season as the guy for the Tigers, especially in Deshaun Watson’s second season as the Clemson starting quarterback. He posted good numbers in 2014 with 57 receptions for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns.


9) N.C. State


There are big expectations on the shoulders of Wolfpack signal caller Jacoby Brissett. After three spring practices under his belt things have slowed down for him and he’s ready to take his game to the next level. There’s no question that Brissett showed flashes of brilliant play in 2014 after throwing for 2,606 yards, 23 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He also rushed for 529 yards and three touchdowns. Now Brissett says he’s “seasoned” and ready to go. This quarterback from South Florida has a lot of arm talent and could/should have a terrific 2015. A big season will set him up nicely for the NFL. He certainly has the attributes to play on Sundays.


10) Virginia


Maurice Canady has been a productive player for the Cavaliers since he first stepped foot on campus in 2012. He’s been a three year contributor and basically a two year starter. Canady has racked up 109 tackles, five interceptions, and 23 passes defended from his cornerback position. He has good size at 6-foot-0, 185-pounds. Last year Canady was Second Team All-ACC. He can play on the perimeter, nickel corner and safety.


11) Georgia Tech


Adam Gotsis is a All-ACC Second Team member at defensive tackle. He’s back for the Yellow Jackets after posting 32 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and a pair of sacks. Those are not huge numbers but Gotsis did his job very well for Georgia Tech up front. He has good size at 6-foot-5, 282-pounds, plays hard and has a lot of experience. Gotsis has 28 starts over the last three years. The Yellow Jackets have a chance to have a special season in Atlanta and a big reason why will be Gotsis and their defense.


12) Louisville


Sheldon Rankins made Third Team All-ACC in 2014 after enjoying a career-best season, recording 53 tackles and team-highs with 8.0 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. He started every game last year and 13 over the prior two seasons. Rankins is a 6-foot-2, 302-pound defensive end in their scheme. He’s best suited to play the 5-technique in a 3-4 scheme.


13) Boston College


Senior defensive back Justin Simmons made an impact at Boston College from day one, playing in every game as a true freshman in 2012. Now a senior, Simmons has racked up 156 tackles, three picks and 12 passes defended and has emerged as one of the ACC’s top safeties. He’s primarily a free safety but can also play the strong position. He’s versatile enough to play cornerback, which he was forced to do because of injury in the Eagles secondary in 2014. That versatility bodes well for Simmons in the NFL. He has the size (6-3/201), smarts and good athleticism.


14) Syracuse


Rob Trudo is an interior offensive lineman for the Orange. This Syracuse red-shirt senior missed most of spring practice after injuring his ankle. He has started at left guard the last two years and was moved to center this spring and was playing with the first unit. He tried center last spring but had some snap issues. Trudo, 6-foot-4, 307-pounds, is a smart, strong and versatile lineman. He’s also experienced with 33 starts over three seasons at Syracuse. Playing multiple line positions will only help his draft value.


15) Wake Forest


Brandon Chubb is a three year player and two year starter on the Wake Forest defense. Last season as a red-shirt junior he was second on the team in tackles with 109. Chubb also recorded 6.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks. This is coming off an 88 tackle season in 2013. Chubb has excellent size for a middle linebacker at 6-foot-1, 245-pounds.


2016 Top 50 NFL Draft Eligible Prospects

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