NFL Mix: ACC recollections, storylines, hits and misses


The checklist of invitees to the NFL Scouting Mix is out and the exercises are to start out within the coming weeks main into the NFL Draft. Here’s a have a look at some recollections, ideas and tendencies as we have a look at the gamers invited from the ACC.


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5-stars to observe 

Bryan Bresee (AP Photos)

Relating to five-stars within the ACC, one must solely have a look at Clemson because the Tigers have 5 former gamers with that rating heading to the NFL Mix – and no different convention groups have any.

The defensive position group is particularly loaded, with Myles Murphy, Bryan Bresee and KJ Henry main the best way. Different Clemson five-stars: linebacker Trenton Simpson and receiver Joseph Ngata.

To place a finer level on simply how loaded Clemson’s recruiting lessons have been in comparison with the remainder of the convention relating to mix invitations, the rest of the ACC has 5 complete former four-stars – Louisville’s Malik Cunningham, Miami’s Will Mallory and Tyrique Stevenson, North Carolina’s Josh Downs and Florida State’s Jammie Robinson – going to Indianapolis, whereas Clemson has all 5 five-stars.


Will there solely be one convention participant in Spherical 1?  

Will Zay Flowers sneak into the first round of the draft?

Will Zay Flowers sneak into the primary spherical of the draft? (AP Photos)

There are at all times surprises and issues may change drastically come draft night time, however there’s a probability that just one ACC participant shall be taken within the first spherical – and that can not be nice for recruiting functions down the highway.

Clemson’s Myles Murphy going someday early within the first spherical looks like the one absolute certainty relating to first-round ACC choices, however Tigers linebacker Trenton Simpson and defensive finish Bryan Bresee have been in some mock drafts on that first-round fringe.

Different that might probably sneak into that first-round dialogue are Boston School WR Zay Flowers, North Carolina WR Josh Downs and Pitt DL Calijah Kancey.


  Remembering the LB debate  

Trenton Simpson

Trenton Simpson (AP Photos)

5 linebackers ended up as five-stars throughout the 2020 rankings cycle, however actually solely three – Justin Flowe, Noah Sewell and Trenton Simpson – had been mentioned as the highest participant at that spot within the ultimate launch.

Flowe was a person amongst boys, a bodily freak like possibly we haven’t seen at linebacker earlier than, as he power-slammed gamers (drawing flags) and attacked ball carriers like he was a raging bull. Sewell was further particular as a result of he moved so fluidly and coated a lot floor at 6-foot-1 and 260 kilos. It was fairly unimaginable to see.

After which there was Simpson, who was positively an impressive-looking participant bodily, however at that time not equal to Flowe or Sewell. However Simpson had the size, the ranginess and the instincts.

One analyst remarked that he felt Simpson would find yourself getting drafted highest among the many group due to all these intangibles. On the time, it didn’t look doubtless as a result of Flowe and Sewell had been a lot extra spectacular, however it may find yourself being that method.

Flowe has been affected by accidents and is now at Arizona. Sewell is within the draft and will wow on the mix as a result of NFL execs will see him transfer so extremely effectively at his dimension. However Simpson has the very best probability of getting taken within the first spherical.


  Guys who outplayed their rating  

Calijah Kancey

Calijah Kancey (AP Photos)

Former Miami Northwestern defensive deal with Calijah Kancey was a mid-level three-star within the 2019 class, however he was not ranked among the many prime 100 gamers within the state and was No. 47 within the place rankings, hardly somebody who has a fringe first-round grade on him. The Pitt standout had 14.5 sacks the final two seasons which has positively moved him up draft boards.

Syracuse’s Sean Tucker, out of Baltimore Calvert Corridor, was rated as a three-star defensive again, however shined within the Orange backfield with 3,182 speeding yards and 27 speeding TDs the final two seasons. Tucker will not be projected to be picked within the earliest rounds, however the three-star has positively outplayed his rating.

Possibly nobody within the ACC has had a extra roundabout method into the perimeter first-round dialogue than Georgia Tech’s Keion White, who exploded on the scene this previous season with 54 tackles (14 for loss) and seven.5 sacks to guide the Yellow Jackets within the latter two classes. He was a two-star tight finish who signed with Previous Dominion within the 2017 class earlier than transferring, and now he may very well be an early decide.

Wake Forest’s A.T. Perry is one other one to observe. Whereas he may not go tremendous early, the previous two-star receiver from Lake Price (Fla.) Park Vista has caught 152 passes for two,389 yards and 26 touchdowns during the last two seasons. NFL groups may not be capable of move up that sort of manufacturing.


  ACC packages should do higher  

There are 14 groups within the ACC, however 9 of them have two or fewer gamers heading to the mix – which goes to be a troublesome promote on the recruiting path, particularly with SEC groups loading up much more.

Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia, NC State and Wake Forest have two every invited, with Florida State, Boston School, Duke and Virginia Tech solely having one. The Hurricanes and the Seminoles need to rebuild their packages, however they should do a greater job right here, particularly with a lot in-state expertise on these rosters.


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