Counting down the ACC's top 30 players: No. 10


Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

This is it. The final week of the countdown, and these are the best of the bunch. I'm no Mel Kiper, but if all 10 of these players don't wind up having successful careers in the NFL, I'll be surprised. Counting down ...

No. 10. Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech, Jr., 6-4, 270

Why he's here: Morgan has the talent to join his former teammates at the next level. Last year, he led all Tech linemen with 51 tackles, and more will be asked and required of him as the leader of the line this fall. Here's the key, though: Morgan was able to take advantage of the attention his teammates drew last fall, which allowed him to get the edge in a lot of one-on-one matchups. He's good enough, though, that he should still fare well even when the attention is on him.

Morgan ranked second on the team and eighth in the ACC in sacks (7.0), had 9.5 tackles for loss and led the ACC and tied for second nationally in fumble recoveries with four. He recovered a fumble in three consecutive games from Oct. 18-Nov. 1. Morgan also had one blocked field goal and three pass break-ups.

No. 11 Sean Spence, Miami
No. 12 Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
No. 13 Thaddeus Lewis, Duke
No. 14 Bruce Carter, North Carolina

No. 15 Vince Oghobaase, Duke
No. 16 Stephan Virgil, Virginia Tech
No. 17 Jacoby Ford, Clemson
No. 18 Dekoda Watson, Florida State
No. 19 Nate Irving, NC State
No. 20 Chris Chancellor, Clemson
No. 21 Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech
No. 22 Christian Ponder, Florida State
No. 23 Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
No. 24 Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
No. 25 Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
No. 26 John Russell, Wake Forest
No. 27 Riley Skinner, Wake Forest
No. 28 Vic Hall, Virginia
No. 29 Da'Rel Scott, Maryland
No. 30 Matt Bosher, Miami