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Marino | ACC Championship Game NFL Draft Prospect Primer

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Marino | ACC Championship Game NFL Draft Prospect Primer


#1 Clemson Tigers (11-1) vs. #7 Miami Hurricanes (10-1)

Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, North Carolina


8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

In what figures to be a College Football Playoff play-in game, both Miami and Clemson are loaded with NFL prospects. In a game of this magnitude, the individual performances of these prospects can go a long way in improving or hurting their draft stock.

Who are the top draft-eligible prospects to watch? I have you covered.

Miami Hurricanes

8 Braxton Berrios, WR:  On the smaller side but he has a knack for creating separation from the slot and is having a strong season as a punt returner.

52 KC McDermott, OT:  Needs a lot of technical improvements but he has the frame and mobility NFL teams are looking for.

9 Chad Thomas, DE:  Thomas is a big-bodied defensive end that excels at setting the edge and squeezing gaps. His power at the point of attack is impressive 1.5 tackles for loss away from back-to-back double-digit TFL seasons.

7 Kendrick Norton, DT:  A stout run-stuffer, Norton has the mass and power to anchor against the run. His hands are powerful and he is tough to move.

80 RJ McIntosh, DT:  McIntosh complements Norton’s power with athleticism and ability to shoot gaps. He is slapped together well and has good get off.

22 Sheldrick Redwine, S:  A fearsome hitter, Redwine has improved his ball production this season and is becoming a complete player.


Clemson Tigers

8 Deon Cain, WR:  A vertical threat earlier in his career, Cain has developed into an all-around target.

13, Hunter Renfrow, WR:  Renfrow is a strong route-runner with terrific hands.

75 Mitch Hyatt, OT:  Hyatt has been a fixture at left tackle for the Tigers in each of the past three seasons and performed well. He will be tested by sophomore-sensation defensive end Joseph Jackson.

55 Tyrone Crowder, G:  Crowder has natural power and excels in a phone booth. Matchups with Norton will test his play strength while McIntosh will put stress on his ability to move his feet. This is an important contest for him.

99 Clelin Ferrell, DE:  Arguably the best prospect for either team, Ferrell is a long, athletic pass rusher with 28.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks over the last two seasons.

42 Christian Wilkins, DT:  Wilkins has proven to be a productive and versatile defensive lineman for the Tigers who has first-round ability.

7 Austin Bryant, DE:  Bryant has been a breakout star for the Tigers playing opposite Ferrell where he’s racked up 14.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He is powerful and athletic.

6 Dorian O’Daniel, LB:  An unsung hero on the Clemson defensive unit, O’Daniel is getting more and more recognition for his playmaking ability. He’s on the smaller side but he is pursuit-style backer the NFL is looking for.

34 Kendall Joseph, LB:  Joseph is a physical backer with good range and reactionary skills. His play this season could land him a day two selection.

31 Ryan Carter, CB:  He may have a slight frame but that doesn’t stop him from playing physically as a tackler and compete at the catch point. He has the skills to become a good nickle back in the NFL.

23 Van Smith, S:  Smith has showcased an athletic and physical skill set with the ability to read the backfield and work into throwing lanes.

Joe Marino

Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. A member of the FWAA, Marino writes about the NFL, College Football and NFL Draft for FanRag Sports.

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