ACC Top NFL Prospects

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The 2020 offseason will look dramatically different this year. There will be no traditional NFL Scouting Combine. Pro days will be limited, and most interviews will be virtual. The scouts of the NFL will have the task of evaluating talent with limited access. But lucky for them, the ACC can always be a breeding ground for NFL talent. These players have shown on tape that they set themselves apart, Scouting Combine or not. 

Clemson Quarterback- Trevor Lawrence

There is no doubt Trevor Lawrence is the best QB and overall prospect in the 2021 season. Lawrence is the prototypical QB that the NFL loves. He stands at 6-6, 220-pound, and has a rocket arm. His passing IQ is better than some current NFL starters. He proved in the last two seasons that he has the speed for his size. An underrated aspect of his game is his ability to avoid the rush and sacks. Lawrence is a can’t-miss prospect in the vein of John Elway, Peyton Manning, and Andrew Luck. Lawrence is deadly as a pocket passer when given time. He has pocket presence and doesn’t panic when the first read is covered. The QB reads through his progressions and has one of the best deep balls in recent memory. On the run, he keeps his eyes down the field, seeking to make a play. He has enough speed to run RPO plays as well. 

Virginia Tech Cornerback- Caleb Farley 

Virginia Tech’s cornerback Caleb Farley enters the 2020 NFL Draft as the best ACC defender. Farley improved as much as any ACC player last season. He opted out of the 2020 season, but he had 12 passes defended and four interceptions last season. Farley played quarterback in high school and began his college career as a wide receiver. Coming into 2019, Farley transitioned to a DB. His background in QB and WR play made his football IQ above the norm at his new position. Farley has game-changing ball skills and can break down schemes from the cornerback position. The cornerback forced receivers into contested coverage regularly. Farley brings a rare blend of physical tools and skills to the field. His size, length, quickness, fluidity, athleticism, and exceptional man coverage skills make him an exciting NFL prospect. 

Miami (FL) Defensive End- Gregory Rousseau

Rousseau sat out the season due to COVID-19 concerns. He recorded 54 total tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and a pass defended during the 2019 season. Despite his limited experience, his talent explodes on tape. His pass-rushing skills are tremendously above average. He can use speed to beat slower offensive tackles. He’ll need to put on weight to improve his bull rush and run game stoppage. Rousseau can set the edge and attack plays from behind. He has a strong frame and athleticism as well.

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