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2018 Top Ten ACC Draft Prospects

By BJ Bennett
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The ACC's top-ten NFL Draft-eligible prospects for 2018.

With the 2017 NFL Draft now in the books, it's officially time to look ahead to next spring. As we look ahead to this fall, below are the ACC's top ten draft-eligible prospects for 2018;

ACC Top Ten
1. Derwin James, S, Florida State -- James is the absolute prototype at safety. As a true freshman, he recorded 91 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, four pass break-ups and two forced fumbles. In his only full game of 2016, James compiled eight total tackles and an interception vs Ole Miss. Now healthy once again, expect him to be a top-ten pick at worst. 

2. Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson -- The 6'4'', 310 pound-tackle was one of college football's most unique players last fall. An athletic, versatile front lineman, he amassed 13 tackles for loss, 20 quarterback hurries and, remarkably, ten batted passes. Wilkins also caught a touchdown pass, converted a first down on a fake punt run and blocked a kick.   

3. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville -- After 51 total touchdowns, it's clear that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner can do it all. A year ago, Jackson became the first player in FBS history to top 3,000 yards passing and 1,500 yards rushing in a single season. His big-play ability, with 8.7 yards per pass and more than six yards per rush, is almost beyond compare.  

4. Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State -- Long and rangy at 6'2'', 198 pounds, McFadden has the next-level frame scouts look for. He has tremendous ball skills, tying for the national lead with eight interceptions this past year. McFadden had at least twice as many picks as all but three other defenders in the conference. 

5. Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson -- Just a true junior, Hyatt already has 29 college starts on his resume and has played in two national championship games in two years; each of those seasons the Tigers ranked in the top two in the ACC in total offense and in the top four in the league in fewest sacks allowed per game.  

6. Harold Landry, DE, Boston College -- Landry burst onto the scene as a star defensive playmaker to lead the nation in sacks with 16.5 and forced fumbles with seven, finishing second in the ACC with 22 tackles for loss. He also helped the Eagles pace the league in rush defense. Playing with great quickness, Landry can line up at defensive end or outside linebacker.  

7. Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State -- A 6'4'', 260-pound force off the edge, Chubb can completely take over games as he did against both Notre Dame (three sacks) and Syracuse (4.5 tackles for loss) this past year. Now a senior, he has 33 total tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks and 15 quarterback hurries over the last two seasons.

8. Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh -- A true do-it-all player for the Panthers, Whitehead has been a star defensive back, also starting for Pittsburgh at wide receiver in a game against Virginia. He was the ACC Rookie of the Year as a true freshman in 2015, with 108 total tackles, two offensive touchdowns and one defensive score.  

9. Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville -- Alexander was second in the league with five interceptions in 2016, also adding nine pass break-ups. He was also an extremely-effective open-field tackler with 31 solo stops. There is added value with Alexander as a punt return specialist, where he has been one of the conference's best. 

10. Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State -- The now-healthy former super-recruit is 6'5'', 250 pounds and has remarkable athleticism. He had seven sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss last fall, improving dramatically as the season progressed; Sweat compiled  4.5 sacks and 6.5 TFLs over his final three outings.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Matt Osborne and Kevin Thomas on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network and is the sports director for multiple ESPN Radio affiliates based throughout southeast Georgia. @BJBennettSports