The front-runner for the first-overall pick, Jameis Winston is ready to take on the NFL after two spectacular seasons as the starting quarterback of the Seminoles. The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and national champion was confident at the Florida State Pro Day last month, telling the media he’s "the best player in this draft."
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Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
Since annihilating his workouts at the NFL scouting combine, Vic Beasley has become one of the fastest-rising defenders in this year’s draft class. His elite athleticism is nothing new to those who follow the ACC, though. The former Tiger was the conference’s 2014 Defensive Player of the Year.
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DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville
Smooth and sure-handed, DeVante Parker projects to be one of the first three pass-catchers selected this spring. A broken foot forced the former Cardinal to the sidelines for the first seven games of his senior season, but he was explosive upon his return, amassing 855 yards and five touchdowns in only six games.
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Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
A former track star with world-class speed, Ronald Darby has the wheels to hang with any receiver at the next level. The former Seminole, who was the ACC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year back in 2012, clocked a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine in February.
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Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
A team in need of a monster defensive lineman will likely consider Eddie Goldman in the first-round this spring. The 6-foot-4, 336-pound monster made himself at home in the middle of Florida State’s defensive front and was a key contributor for the national championship team from 2013.
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Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
Somewhat overlooked and underrated, Kevin Johnson could be a pleasant surprise for the team that drafts him this spring. After three years as a starter in college, the former Demon Deacon has developed into an NFL-caliber cornerback. Wake Forest doesn’t produce many first-rounders, but Johnson is certainly one to consider.
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Eli Harold, DE, Virginia
Eli Harold could be the first ACC representative from the Coastal Division selected in this year’s draft. The former Cavalier is a pass-rush specialist with great strength for a guy who weighs less than 250 pounds. His unique athleticism yielded 17.5 sacks and 36.5 tackles for a loss in three seasons at Virginia.
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Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami
Perhaps on the fringe of the first-round is Denzel Perryman. The linebacker always plays with tremendous energy and emotion, fully embodying the spirit of “The U.” There’s no hit in the game this former Hurricane is hesitant to make, so Perryman has the potential to become the face of an NFL franchise at middle linebacker.
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T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pitt
Although he started his collegiate career on the defensive side of the ball, T.J. Clemmings has since found a home along the offensive line. The former Panther would be a surefire first-round pick if he could be trusted as a blind-side protector, but Clemmings is still too raw to make the leap from right tackle.
P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
There wouldn’t be a question about P.J. Williams’ first-round potential had he not been arrested on a DUI charge earlier this month. The off-field concern will scare several NFL general managers away. However, a team with a serious need for a physical cornerback could still take a chance on him early in the draft.