ACC Atlantic: Top 2012 Draft Prospects

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Luke Kuechly likes to hit people.

The 2011 NCAA season is rapidly approaching – we’re here to get you ready for the 2012 NFL Draft by telling you which players to key in on for each team in a BCS conference. Up today is the ACC Atlantic division.

Check the related posts at the bottom of the page if you want to check out other conferences.

Check out BuffaloBillsDraft.com to see the sleepers for each of the conferences as well.

Boston College
Luke Kuechly, LB (6-3/230)

180+ tackles speaks for itself, but if we had to add anything, we’d say that Kuechly is the best NCAA linebacker that we’ve seen since Patrick Willis.

Clemson
Brandon Thompson, DL (6-2/305)

Thompson is a 1-gap defender that really came on the 2nd half of the 2010 season. With a good 2011, he could be a 1st-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Florida State
Brandon Jenkins, DE/OLB (6-3/260)

Opinions vary on Jenkins, but we think he could be a special 3-4 OLB in the NFL. He has reportedly bulked up this summer, so if he still flashes that quick first step and speed – watch out.

Maryland
Kenny Tate, S/OLB (6-4/220)
After being an all-conference safety in 2010, Tate is being shifted to outside linebacker. We still think he will be a big safety in the NFL that can excel in three-safety sets.

NC State
Audie Cole, LB (6-3/240)

Cole brings a lot of versatility to the linebacker position, having spent time at OLB and moving to MLB this year. His consistent production and motor will gain the attention of NFL scouting departments.

Wake Forest
Kyle Wilber, DE/LB (6-5/235)

Wake Forest isn’t excatly a strong team when it comes to the 2012 NFL Draft, but Wilber is a guy that will certainly get some looks in the 7th round and as an undrafted free-agent. Had a great game against FSU last year, racking up 11 tackles and 2 sacks.

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2 Responses to “ACC Atlantic: Top 2012 Draft Prospects”

  1. bit says:

    nice list, I wonder how Kuechly fits into a 3-4

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