ACC Coastal: Top 2012 Draft Prospects

Quinton Coples Patriots NFL Draft

Quinton Coples has a chance to be the best defensive end in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The college football season starts in just a few short weeks – here is a primer for the top prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft on each team. Today’s teams come from the ACC Coastal Division.

Bills Draft also has you covered on some sleepers from the ACC Coastal Division.

Duke
Will Snyderwine, K (5-11/190)

We’re admittedly digging a little deep here, but Snyderwine is easily the only Duke NFL prospect that would rank in our Top 5 positional lists. An 87.5% kicker is nothing to sneeze at, especially one that was 8/10 from 40+ yards.

Georgia Tech
Izaan Cross, DE (6-4/292)

Playing in a 3-4 system, Cross is going to get a lot of looks as a 5-technique defensive end. He held up well against opposing tackles, creating some holes for his linebackers to make the play.

Miami
Sean Spence, LB (6-0/225)

Spence is an under-sized linebacker that plays with an over-sized heart. He flies around the field and is a vocal leader. D-lineman Marcus Forston might have a higher ceiling than Spence, but this guy is going to be a quality defender for years to come.

North Carolina
Quinton Coples, DE (6-6/275)

Coples has the build and talent to be the #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on the defensive side of the ball. He impacts the run game and the pass game – Coples will make a 4-3 team’s dreams come true.

Virginia
Chase Minnifield, CB (6-0/185)

Following in the footsteps of former teammate and current Patriot Ras-I Dowling, Minnifield should be a Top 50 pick in a loaded CB class. He can play man, zone, and supports the run. His good ball skills are just a bonus.

Virginia Tech
Jayron Hosley, CB (5-11/170)

Hosley is an interception machine, racking up nine picks in the 2010 season for the Hokies. He will compete with Minnifield to be the best CB in the ACC, although we feel his Cavalier counterpart is currently a more complete corner.

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