Scouting the ACC: Clemson

A furious rally at season's end which included wins over Florida State, archrival South Carolina and Tennessee in a bowl game saved Tommy Bowden's job at Clemson and big things are expected this year. This is a program that continually places one or two players into the first day of the NFL draft with additional prospects chosen late in the proceedings. It looks like more of the latter for Clemson next April as no single prospect on this roster stands out.

The offense is full of talented prospects who must pull the pieces together to have any chance of becoming a first day pick next April.  Tight end Ben Hall is a terrific athlete and a player that flashes dominance on occasion.  When focused on the task at hand Hall is an effective blocker and pass catcher who makes plays into the defensive secondary.  Unfortunately Hall has been plagued with off the field problems as well as inconsistency on Saturday's.  He is type of prospect that will slip through the cracks and end up being a late round draft pick in 2005 yet if the light goes on he has a potential to be a productive NFL tight end.  Hall previously backed up junior Bobby Williamson at tight end and Williamson is another solid pro-prospect.  A competitive player that excels in the blocking game, Williamson needs work on his pass catching skills but has the abilities to be a complete tight end.  Offensive guard Cedric Johnson is a wide-bodied lineman who dominates defenders at the point of attack.  Johnson displays good playing strength yet at the same time the athleticism to be used in motion.  Offering good upside, Johnson must refine the details of his game, commit himself to football as well as conditioning to have a true shot at the next level.  Junior quarterback Charlie Whitehurst is a solid college signal caller that has the potential to play at the next level.  A good athlete that picks up positive yardage with either his arm or feet, Whitehurst is a tough quarterback with outstanding leadership skills.  While he does not possess the top arm strength he has shown a steady path of progression since his freshman season and has an upside.

On defense Maurice Fountain offers solid pass rushing skills from his end position but lacks the size to be an every down lineman at the next level.  Cornerback Justin Miller showed top skills as a freshman yet got burned on several occasions last season.  He has displayed solid cover skills throughout his college career and also excels as a return specialist.  Based on prior play Miller is one to keep an eye on.

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