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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The future: ACC's 2015 draft prospects

By Jared Shanker

We live in a culture in which we are always looking to the future. The NFL draft ended just a few days ago, so now it is time to take an early peak to the 2015 draft.

The ACC had a very respectable five first-round selections -- second to only, and stop me if you’ve heard this before, the SEC -- and the ACC routinely has among the most draft picks compared to its power conference peers.

Vic Beasley
DE Vic Beasley bypassed the NFL draft this year to return to Clemson to get his degree and improve his draft stock.
Next year’s draft weekend could be a banner day for the ACC as Florida State is poised to make a run at Miami’s record of six first-round picks, set in 2004. The Noles’ potential 2015 draft class is loaded, which is hardly a surprise considering how well coach Jimbo Fisher has recruited. Realistically the list below could have been all Florida State players and it could be easily justified.

Here are the early top five names within the conference that have a chance to be an early selection next spring. Wednesday, draft analyst Todd McShay will release his first 2015 mock draft.

*Denotes an underclassmen.
Other notable draft-eligible ACC prospects

Stephone Anthony, Clemson; Jamison Crowder, Duke; Cam Erving, Florida State; Ronald Darby, Florida State; Braxton Deaver, Duke; Eddie Goldman, Florida State; Rashad Greene, Florida State; Anthony Harris, Virginia; Sean Hickey, Syracuse; Tre' Jackson, Florida State; Grady Jarrett, Clemson; Kyshoen Jarrett, Virginia Tech; Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech; Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech; Josue Matias, Florida State; Lorenzo Mauldin, Louisville; DeVante Parker, Louisville; Kevin Parks, Virginia; Denzel Perryman, Miami; Laken Tomlinson, Duke; Karlos Williams, Florida State.