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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Four ACC players in McShay mock

By Matt Fortuna

Boston College's Luke Kuechly and North Carolina's Quinton Coples are the first ACC players off the board in Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay's mock draft this week Insider, going Nos. 11 and 12 to the Chiefs and Seahawks, respectively.

McShay presents as many as five scenarios for each NFL team in this mock, ultimately placing players where he thinks the chips will fall come draft day. Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill, McShay suggests, is Houston-bound at No. 26, while Clemson's Andre Branch is going to the Packers at No. 28.

Mel Kiper, meanwhile, lists Coples as one of the five players he feels are being a little overrated versus where he assumes they will go in the NFL Draft Insider, writing:
A very good player, but he doesn't fit the profile that would have him as the best 4-3 defensive end in most years. Coples belongs in the middle of the first round and becomes a little overrated for me when I see him pegged as a safe top-10 pick.

Coples is No. 14 on Kiper's 25-man Big Board this week Insider, four spots behind Kuechly at No. 10.

Hill dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 among receivers this week on Kiper's top-5 by position Insider, and North Carolina State's Terrell Manning fell from fourth to fifth among outside linebackers. The rest of the ACC contingent remained in the same spots as last week.