Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
With the NFL draft scheduled for 4 p.m. ET Saturday, much attention will be paid to the ACC's highest round picks like linebacker Aaron Curry. Over the past three years, the ACC has seen more of its players taken in the first round (25) than any other league, as well as more of its players drafted (115) than any other conference.
Just because a player isn't drafted in the first three rounds, though, doesn't mean he isn't destined for a successful NFL career, and this year the ACC has plenty of such players. There are several who are borderline third- and fourth-round picks, but even more who are relative unknowns capable of making names for themselves at the next level.
Don't forget about Miami's little used linebacker, Spencer Adkins, who has been getting a fair share of attention from scouts lately. He was used in a lot of third down situations as a pass-rusher. Aside from Bruce Johnson, he is the Canes' top prospect. North Carolina tight end Richard Quinn is ascending the draft boards quickly. He could conceivably be a third-rounder.
Here are three players who aren't expected to be drafted in the first three rounds, but will still be quality players in the NFL:
1. Victor "Macho" Harris, CB, Virginia Tech -- A potential late third-round, early fourth-round pick, Harris is a hard-hitter with exceptional ball skills. He reads blocks well and is a scoring threat, especially in the open field.
2. Anthony Hill, TE, NC State -- He doesn't drop many balls, he stays tough in traffic, and is efficient getting into his routes. He's a strong blocker who would have been much more productive had his career not been marred by injuries.
3. Aaron Kelly, WR, Clemson -- He uses his height to his advantage for jump balls, can create separation and be a threat for yards after catch. He is an average blocker, but was underutilized in Clemson's offense last year.
Other potentially late ACC picks worth keeping an eye on:
Antonio Appleby, LB, Virginia
Stanley Arnoux, LB, Wake Forest
Kevin Barnes, DB, Maryland
Tony Carter, DB, FSU
Jon Copper, LB, Virginia
Moise Fokou, LB, Maryland
Trimane Goddard, S, UNC
Cameron Goldberg, OT, Duke
Dan Gronkowski, TE, Maryland
Kenny Ingram, LB/DB, Florida State
Orion Martin, DE, Virginia Tech
Kevin Ogletree, WR, Virginia
Cedric Peerman, TB, Virginia
John Phillips, TE, Virginia
Ryan Purvis, TE, Boston College
Eron Riley, WR, Duke
Darryl Richard, DT, Georgia Tech
Garrett Reynolds, OT, UNC
Sam Swank, PK, Wake Forest
Michael Tauiliili, LB, Duke
Jaimie Thomas, OL, Maryland
Chip Vaughn, S, Wake Forest
Edwin Williams, C, Maryland