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CFN 2016 Preseason Top 25 ACC Players

Nov 21, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya (15) throws a pass against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya (15) throws a pass against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports


CFN 2016 Preseason ACC Top 25 Football Players. Who are the biggest and best ACC players coming into the football season? Who are the 25 to watch out for?


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There’s a ton of star power at the top with Deshaun Watson, Dalvin Cook, and Brad Kaaya all among the nation’s most dynamic players and all locks to go in the top 15 of the 2017 NFL Draft. But the next-level talent doesn’t stop there.

The ACC might not have the depth or bulk of pro prospects the SEC boasts, but Florida State’s Derwin James, DeMarcus Walker and Roderick Johnson are just a few of the league’s big-time talents who can play with anyone. Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina and Pitt all have stars to work around.

That means a slew of phenomenal potential all-stars aren’t on the ACC top 25 players list, but should be.

Clemson WR Mike Williams – returning from injury – should absolutely be on it, along with North Carolina WR Mack Hollins, Pitt RB Qadree Ollison, North Carolina S Donnie Miles, Georgia Tech QB Justin Thomas, and linebackers Ben Boulware from Clemson and P.J. Davis from Georgia Tech.

But that means someone from this list of the 25 players has to be dropped. Good luck figuring that out this year in the ACC.

CFN 2016 Preseason ACC Top 25 Football Players

1. QB Deshaun Watson, Jr. Clemson
2. RB Dalvin Cook, Jr. Florida State
3. S Derwin James, Soph. Florida State
4. QB Brad Kaaya, Jr. Miami
5. DE DeMarcus Walker, Sr. Florida State
6. LB Devonte Fields, Sr. Louisville
7. WR Isaiah Ford, Jr. Virginia Tech
8. LB Micah Kiser, Jr. Virginia
9. FS Quin Blanding, Jr. Virginia
10. RB Wayne Gallman, Jr. Clemson
11. OT Roderick Johnson, Jr. Florida State
12. RB Elijah Hood, Jr. North Carolina
13. CB Cordrea Tankersley, Sr. Clemson
14. RB James Conner, Jr. Pitt
15. LB Matt Milano, Sr. Boston College
16. NG Derrick Nnadi, Jr. Florida State
17. WR Travis Rudolph, Jr. Florida State
18. SS Jordan Whitehead, Soph. Pitt
19. CB/KR DeVon Edwards, Sr. Duke
20. LB Keith Kelsey, Sr. Louisville
21. QB Lamar Jackson, Soph. Louisville
22. DE Ejuan Price, Sr. Pitt
23. WR/PR Ryan Switzer, Sr. North Carolina
24. WR Artavis Scott, Jr. Clemson
25. CB M.J. Stewart, Jr. North Carolina