NFP’s 2009 ACC all-prospect team
In our continuing look at the top draft-eligible prospects from each conference, the National Football Post checks out the ACC.
QB Christian Ponder, Florida State
Improved dramatically as a junior this season and now looks like a potential starting-caliber quarterback at the next level. Possesses an intriguing blend of accuracy, anticipation and intelligence and will likely end up being one of the top senior quarterback prospects in the 2011 draft.
RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech
His combination of vision, power and overall athleticism makes him an ideal candidate to carry the load at the next level, looks like the nation’s top running back prospect.
FB Rashawn Jackson, Virginia
A “do-it-all” type of prospect who has the ability to mature into a starting-caliber fullback in the NFL.
TE Jimmy Graham, Miami
A gifted athlete with a basketball background who’s starting to scratch the surface of his potential.
WR Jacoby Ford, Clemson
Possesses the speed to consistently threaten the field vertically and knows how to separate vs. man coverage. Is simply too talented to not create big plays down the field for an NFL offense.
WR Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech
A king-sized wideout who lacks ideal straight-line speed but averaged 25.1 yards per catch this season and has the size to definitely create mismatches on all levels of the field.
OL Jason Fox, Miami
One of the nation’s top left tackle prospects who has the ability to start on the blind side for an NFL offense.
OL Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
A thick, well-built offensive lineman who possesses the power to create as an in-line run blocker and is athletic enough to hold his own in space. He’s a guy I expect to eventually mature into a starting-caliber guard the next level.
OL Matt Tennant, Boston College
A tough, blue-collar-type pivot who showcases impressive hand placement on contact and does a great job sticking to blocks in both the run and pass game. Should be able to carve out a niche as a starting NFL center early in his career.
OL Bruce Campbell, Maryland
Is a physical freak who possesses an amazing blend of size, fluidity and athleticism for the left tackle position. Has fought his way through a rash of injuries this year, but looks like one guy who could really fly up draft boards if he declares early.
OL Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
Is another gifted athlete for the left tackle position, but he needs to continue to add more power to his base.
DL Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech
A long, physically built defensive end whose combination of power, speed and lateral quickness allows him to get after the passer in a variety of ways off the edge.
DL Allen Bailey, Miami
A versatile defender who can be as good as he wants at the next level. Possesses impressive power for his size (6-4, 288) and has the length/range to consistently shed blocks and make his way toward the football.
DL Marvin Austin, North Carolina
A gifted athlete who is extremely stout at the point of attack. Is still learning how to use his hands and shed blocks, but the skill set is there.
DL Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech
Possesses the first step to consistently threaten the edge and displays an impressive initial pop on contact when he works his bull rush. Is undersized (6-2, 252) but has the ability to develop into an impact pass rusher as either as 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB in the NFL.
LB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
Might need to make the move to OLB at the next level, but the guy has the range to make plays in space and can contribute from day one to an NFL defense.
LB Bruce Carter, North Carolina
Another rangy Tar Heels defender who also has the ability to carve out a starting niche at outside linebacker very early in his career.
LB Ricky Sapp, Clemson
His burst off the edge, suddenness on contact and length to shed blocks makes him an ideal fit as a 3-4 OLB at the next level.
DB Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech
An instinctive, playmaking type safety who showcases impressive range and always seems to be around the football.
DB Deunta Williams, North Carolina
Possesses the ability to make plays in both the run and pass game and looks like an NFL starting safety.
DB DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson
Displays impressive body control, range and ball skills in coverage and looks like a real ball-hawk at the next level.
DB Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
A big, well-built cornerback who can turn and track the football vertically. However, will likely need to make the transition to free safety at the next level.
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