ACC in the 2009 NFL draft


Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Before compiling this list, I spoke with an NFL scout to get his take, just so you don't think I'm pulling names out of a hat. Here's what we came up with for the top 10 ACC players to watch with NFL draft potential (sorry, Miami, but we both agreed your best NFL talent is only 18 years old):

1. Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia: This hulking 315-pound left tackle might be the best offensive lineman in the ACC and should be a first-round pick.

2. Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech: He hasn't even started yet, but the 6-foot-7 senior is extremely athletic and one of the team's best pass rushers.

3. Aaron Kelly, WR, Clemson: The 1,000-yard receiver led the ACC with 83.2 receiving yards per game last season.

4. C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson: Spiller is a smaller back, explosive and borderline first-round talent, but should be highly sought after for his speed. He led the Tigers in all-purpose running last year with 1,723 yards, 132.5 per game.

5. Ricky Sapp, DE/OLB, Clemson: The junior had 10 tackles for loss, five sacks and 22 quarterback pressures as a sophomore when he started all 13 games.

6. Victor "Macho" Harris, CB, Virginia Tech: A strong tackler who will see more man-to-man coverage and passed on the NFL Draft to return for his senior season. Brandon Flowers' success at the next level will help determine where he goes because similar in speed and skill.

7. Vance Walker, DT/DE, Georiga Tech: He had 14 tackles for a loss last year and 8.5 sacks. He also forced three fumbles and recovered two.

8. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland: The junior is one of the fastest players in the ACC (4.23 40), but hasn't reached his full potential yet with the Terps.

9. Myron Rolle, S, Florida State: Only a junior, he has 144 tackles in two seasons and is poised for a breakout year.

10. Sergio Render, OG, Virginia Tech: Two-year starter and one of the most experienced players on the line. Excels in the run game.