Thursday, April 26, 2012
Rewinding, fast-forwarding with prospects
By Matt Fortuna
With the NFL draft ready to get started in a few hours, RecruitingNation's Dave Hooker re-visited the high school narratives of a few potential first-rounders .
Here's a look at two ACC players likely to learn their futures tonight:
Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
Class of 2009
Kiper rank: 9 | McShay rank: 7
ESPN 150: NR | Position rank: 19 | Grade: 79 | High school eval
The prospect from Cincinnati Saint Xavier chose Boston College because of academics as much as for football. Need proof? His runners-up were Duke, Stanford and Virginia. He was even willing to stick to his commitment through a coaching change during his high school senior season.
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Class of 2008
Kiper rank: 15 | McShay rank: 14
ESPN 150: NR | Position rank: 34 | Grade: 78 | High school eval
Coples could have signed with most any school he wanted on the East Coast. After a stopover at a prep school, he chose to stay home and play with the Tar Heels.
As for where these players could end up in the NFL, Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay took one more shot on the day of the draft, and all three of the ACC players he had going in the first round Wednesday slipped down a few spots Thursday.
Kuechly has gone from the Bucs at No. 5 to the Bills at No. 10 , Coples has dropped from the Bears at No. 19 to the Titans at No. 20 and Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill has slipped from the Bengals at No. 21 to the Ravens at No. 29.