Thursday, January 19, 2012
Updated NFL draft projections
By ESPN.com staff
With the underclassmen now officially in or out, ESPN's NFL draft experts have updated their latest projections. Mel Kiper Jr. released his first mock draft, and here is how the ACC fared:
Kiper's latest Big Board is similar, but Kuechly is No. 10, and he, Coples and Miller are the only players listed. Todd McShay's latest ranking is a bit different:
Overall, Kiper also listed the top five players by position. The ACC struck out on quarterbacks, kickers, safeties, cornerbacks, centers, defensive tackles, and receivers, but at running back, Miami's Miller was No. 2 and Virginia Tech's Wilson came in at No. 3. The ACC also had two of the best fullbacks in No. 4 Chad Diehl of Clemson and No. 5 Taylor Gentry of NC State. Clemson's Allen was the top tight end, and Sanders was the No. 4 offensive tackle. Miami's Brandon Washington was the No. 3 guard. Coples was the No. 1 defensive end and Branch No. 3. At inside linebacker, Kuechly was No. 1 and NC State's Audie Cole was No. 4. FSU punter Shawn Powell was No. 3 at his position.