1. Kevin Reddick, ILB – Reddick is the top returning Senior defensive prospect in the ACC. Reddick was close to entering the 2012 draft, but decided to return to school. Reddick has really good size and moves very well. Reddick has been starting for the Tar Heels since his freshman season and should lef the ACC in tackles. As of right now Reddick is a late first round talent who has to have a big Senior season to solidify his stock. Reddick will have to shake the label that many of the North Carolina defensive players have gotten.
2. Jheranie Boyd, WR – While Erik Highsmith might get more attention I feel like Boyd is the better pro prospect. Boyd is 6’2″ and can absolutely fly. Boyd would be one of my picks for breakout player of the year. He has all the skills to rocket up draft boards this year.
3. Jonathan Cooper, OG – Cooper along with GT’s Uzzi are the two best guards in the ACC. Cooper is a powerful run blocker who was among the conference leaders in pancake blocks. Cooper will be opening holes for the top RB in the ACC Giovani Bernard. Cooper is a second-third round talent as of right now.
4. Erik Highsmith, WR – While Boyd is the “game breaker” Highsmith is the possession WR. With Dwight Jones gone to parts unknown, Highsmith will likely be the go to guy in Chapel Hill. He could led the ACC in catches, but I think his talent level is still behind Boyd.
5. Brennan Williams, OT – Williams is a Massachusetts native who decided to leave the state to play for the Tar Heels. Williams has the size and length to be a blind side blocker, but really needs to work on his technique and strength.
6. Sylvester Willams, DT – Williams is a massive DT, standing 6’4″ 320 pounds. Williams is a JUCO transfer who really emerged as a consistent run stuffer for the Tar Heels. With his size and productivity Williams will certainly garner looks from NFL scouts.
North Carolina State
1. Mike Glennon, QB – Glennon is a tall and lanky QB who could move quickly up draft boards if he builds on a junior season where he threw for over 3,000 yards and 31 touchdowns. Glennon has the arm and the accuracy to play at the next level. He is the brother of former VT QB Sean Glennon and is a sleeper to sneak into the top two rounds next April. The main concern with Glennon is how his skinny frame will hold up as he needs to add at least 10 pounds of muscle.
2. RJ Mattes, OT/OG – Mattes is a four year starter who has experience playing all over the line. Mattes has the frame to play OT but might profile best to OG. Mattes also has major injury concerns, he has torn his ACL and missed time with foot and other injuries the past two seasons.
3. Earl Wolfe, SS – Wolfe is the leader of the NC State defense. He was able to pile up 82 tackles last season which was second on the team. Wolfe is a smart player who doesn’t make many mistakes and should get a look at the next level.
Others to Watch: Bradon Bishop, FS – CJ Wilson, CB – Andrew Wallace, OG – Asa Watson, TE – Camden Wentz, OC
1. Oday Aboushi, OT – Aboushi is the best returning offensive lineman in the ACC. Aboushi could have been a 2nd round pick if he entered the draft this year. Aboushi holds down the LT spot for the Cavaliers. He is an athletic and fundamentally sound player. He is a better pass blocker than run blocker right now. Aboushi has good length and gets good extension. He doesn’t play with much power and can be overwhelmed at times. Aboushi could play himself into the first round if he shows he can play with more leverage in strength in the run game.
2. Perry Jones, RB – Jones is the returning starter who doesn’t do anything great, but just produces. He needs to add some muscle to his frame.
3. Colter Phillips, TE – Phillips is one of the better blocking tight ends in the country who hasn’t been given much of a shot at catching the ball. That could change this season and Phillips could break out.
1. Marcus Davis, WR – At 6’4″ tall Davis has the size to be a mismatch. With both Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale leaving for the NFL, Davis is the top returning WR. Davis should be the go to guy for QB Logan Thomas and could but up some really special numbers.
2. Bruce Taylor, ILB – Taylor is the leader of the Hokie defense. A think and stout ILB, Taylor has shown the ability to rush the passer and make plays all over the field.
3. Vinston Painter and Nick Becton, OT – Virginia Tech returns a pair of OT who have a chance to play at the next level. Of the two Becton is the better prospect, but both possess good size and athleticism.
1. Kenny Okoro, CB – Okoro is a four year starter and the #1 CB for the Demon Deacons. He considered leaving early for the draft, but made the wise choice to return for his senior year. It’s a down year for NFL draft prospects from Wake, so Okoro will get plenty of attention from scouts. He has ideal size for a CB (6’0″ 190 lbs.) and finds a way to break up a lot of passes.