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2019 ACC Top 100

By Jim Johnson
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SP Editor Jim Johnson's annual preseason ranking of the 100 best players in the ACC.

Welcome back to my annual preseason ranking of the top 100 players in the ACC. I’ve been doing this for a few years now, but this year’s ranking is a little different in that is infused with my new OAYP formula. Whereas in preseasons past these were much more opinion based, now there’s hard data to back up the projections.

That said, these are still projections, so it’s a mix of math (what did happen) and conjecture (what I think will happen). If you don’t care about my opinion and are only interested in the formula, I’ve included some notes from OAYP -- those overall rankings, position ranks, and marginal scores -- or you can see the pure OAYP position rankings here.

The players’ position rankings, per this list, are also included so you can see the disparity between where OAYP thinks they should be and where I think they should be, if there is any.

100. Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Marginal OAYP: -0.08
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 113 (10)
Position Rank: 8
 

99. Victor Dimukeje, EDGE, Duke

Marginal OAYP: 0.33
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 67 (10)
Position Rank: 11
 

98. Zach Quinney, OT, Georgia Tech

Marginal OAYP: 0.49
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 54 (4)
Position Rank: 7
 

97. Tyler Davis, TE, Georgia Tech

Marginal OAYP: 0.74
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 35 (3)
Position Rank: 5
 

96. Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina

Marginal OAYP: -0.76
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 173 (19)
Position Rank: 12
 

95. Maurice Ffrench, WR, Pitt

Marginal OAYP: -0.1
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 117 (13)
Position Rank: 11
 

94. Tariq Carpenter, S, Georgia Tech

Marginal OAYP: 0.01
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 104 (13)
Position Rank: 13
 

93. Damar Hamlin, S, Pitt

Marginal OAYP: 0.16
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 83 (12)
Position Rank: 12
 

92. Nolan Groulx, WR, Wake Forest

Marginal OAYP: N/A
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): N/A
Position Rank: 10
 

91. Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech

Marginal OAYP: 0.09
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 93 (4)
Position Rank: 4
 

90. Payton Wilson, LB, NC State

Marginal OAYP: N/A
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): N/A
Position Rank: 11
 

89. Patrice Rene, CB, North Carolina

Marginal OAYP: -0.4
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 147 (17)
Position Rank: 11
 

88. Brandon Sebastian, CB, Boston College

Marginal OAYP: 0.74
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 37 (7)
Position Rank: 10
 

87. Jason Strowbridge, DL, North Carolina

Marginal OAYP: -0.04
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 108 (13)
Position Rank: 9
 

86. Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville

Marginal OAYP: 0.07
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 96 (8)
Position Rank: 6
 

85. Cory Durden, DL, Florida State

Marginal OAYP: 0.13
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 87 (10)
Position Rank: 8
 

84. Amari Carter, S, Miami

Marginal OAYP: N/A
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): N/A
Position Rank: 11
 

83. Akeem Dent, CB, Florida State

Marginal OAYP: N/A
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): N/A
Position Rank: 9
 

82. Scotty Washington, WR, Wake Forest

Marginal OAYP: 0.32
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 68 (9)
Position Rank: 9
 

81. Justin Foster, EDGE, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: N/A
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): N/A
Position Rank: 10
 

80. Levonta Taylor, S, Florida State

Marginal OAYP: N/A
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): N/A
Position Rank: 10
 

79. Isaiah Moore, LB, NC State

Marginal OAYP: 0.15
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 85 (10)
Position Rank: 10
 

78. Derion Kendrick, CB, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: N/A
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): N/A
Position Rank: 8
 

77. Jimmy Morrissey, C, Pitt

Marginal OAYP: 0.22
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 78 (3)
Position Rank: 2
 

76. Jaiden Lars-Woodbey, S, Florida State

Marginal OAYP: 0.19
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 80 (11)
Position Rank: 9
 

75. Sterling Hofrichter, P, Syracuse

Marginal OAYP: N/A
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): N/A
Position Rank: 1
 

74. Rakavius Chambers, OG, Duke

Marginal OAYP: 0.27
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 72 (5)
Position Rank: 5
 

73. Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina

Marginal OAYP: 0.31
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 69 (3)
Position Rank: 6
 

72. Eli Hanback, DL, Virginia

Marginal OAYP: 0.39
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 61 (7)
Position Rank: 7
 

71. Lyn-J Dixon, RB, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: N/A
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): N/A
Position Rank: 5
 

70. Stanford Samuels, CB, Florida State

Marginal OAYP: 0.34
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 65 (9)
Position Rank: 7
 

69. James Blackman, QB, Florida State

Marginal OAYP: -0.24
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 132 (6)
Position Rank: 5
 

68. Charles Snowden, EDGE, Virginia

Marginal OAYP: 0.39
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): t59 (t8)
Position Rank: 9
 

67. Ryan Nelson, OT, Virginia

Marginal OAYP: 0.23
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 76 (5)
Position Rank: 5
 

66. Anthony Brown, QB, Boston College

Marginal OAYP: 0.35
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 63 (5)
Position Rank: 4
 

65. Navaughn Donaldson, OG, Miami

Marginal OAYP: 0.35
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 64 (4)
Position Rank: 4
 

64. Marquis Waters, S, Duke

Marginal OAYP: 0.4
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 58 (7)
Position Rank: 8
 

63. James Smith-Williams, EDGE, NC State

Marginal OAYP: 0.49
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 55 (7)
Position Rank: 8
 

62. Dylan Singleton, S, Duke

Marginal OAYP: 0.25
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 73 (9)
Position Rank: 7
 

61. Dillon Reinkensmeyer, C, Virginia

Marginal OAYP: 0.67
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 42 (1)
Position Rank: 1
 

60. Taysir Mack, WR, Pitt

Marginal OAYP: N/A
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): N/A
Position Rank: 8
 

59. Andre Szmyt, K, Syracuse

Marginal OAYP: N/A
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): N/A
Position Rank: 1
 

58. Ben Petrula, OT, Boston College

Marginal OAYP: 0.12
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 90 (7)
Position Rank: 4
 

57. Brenton Nelson, S, Virginia

Marginal OAYP: 0.43
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 56 (6)
Position Rank: 6
 

56. Leonard Johnson, S, Duke

Marginal OAYP: 0.88
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 32 (3)
Position Rank: 5
 

55. Kendall Coleman, EDGE, Syracuse

Marginal OAYP: 0.39
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): t59 (t8)
Position Rank: 7
 

54. Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami

Marginal OAYP: -0.63
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 162 (7)
Position Rank: 3
 

53. Joe Reed, WR, Virginia

Marginal OAYP: N/A
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): N/A
Position Rank: 7
 

52. Miles Fox, DL, Wake Forest

Marginal OAYP: 1.02
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 27 (3)
Position Rank: 6
 

51. Ryan Willis, QB, Virginia Tech

Marginal OAYP: 0.51
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 52 (4)
Position Rank: 3
 

50. K'Von Wallace, S, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: 0.73
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 37 (4)
Position Rank: 4
 

49. Justin Strnad, LB, Wake Forest

Marginal OAYP: 0.72
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 38 (6)
Position Rank: 9
 

48. Derrick Tangelo, DL, Duke

Marginal OAYP: 0.54
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 49 (6)
Position Rank: 5
 

47. Jack Freudenthal, TE, Wake Forest

Marginal OAYP: 1.38
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 17 (1)
Position Rank: 2
 

46. Larrell Murchison, DL, NC State

Marginal OAYP: 0.69
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 41 (5)
Position Rank: 4
 

45. Evan Adams, OG, Syracuse

Marginal OAYP: 0.54
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 50 (3)
Position Rank: 3
 

44. Isaiah McDuffie, LB, Boston College

Marginal OAYP: 0.6
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 44 (7)
Position Rank: 8
 

43. Max Richardson, LB, Boston College

Marginal OAYP: 0.59
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 46 (8)
Position Rank: 7
 

42. Carlos Basham, EDGE, Wake Forest

Marginal OAYP: 0.89
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 31 (6)
Position Rank: 6
 

41. Rayshard Ashby, LB, Virginia Tech

Marginal OAYP: 0.53
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 51 (9)
Position Rank: 6
 

40. Deejay Dallas, RB, Miami

Marginal OAYP: 0.1
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 92 (5)
Position Rank: 4
 

39. John Simpson, OG, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: 0.83
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 33 (2)
Position Rank: 2
 

38. Jeff Thomas, WR, Miami

Marginal OAYP: 0.5
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 53 (7)
Position Rank: 6
 

37. Tanner Muse, S, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: 0.55
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 48 (5)
Position Rank: 3
 

36. Joey Blount, S, Virginia

Marginal OAYP: 0.94
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 30 (2)
Position Rank: 2
 

35. Justin Herron, OT, Wake Forest

Marginal OAYP: 0.69
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 39 (3)
Position Rank: 3
 

34. Dontavius Jackson, LB, Florida State

Marginal OAYP: 0.96
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 29 (5)
Position Rank: 5
 

33. Tanner Karafa, DL, Boston College

Marginal OAYP: 1.15
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 23 (1)
Position Rank: 3
 

32. Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

Marginal OAYP: -0.33
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 140 (12)
Position Rank: 3
 

31. Charlie Heck, OT, North Carolina

Marginal OAYP: 0.75
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 34 (2)
Position Rank: 2
 

30. Carl Tucker, TE, North Carolina

Marginal OAYP: 1.28
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 18 (2)
Position Rank: 1
 

29. Nyles Pinckney, DL, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: 0.99
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 28 (4)
Position Rank: 2
 

28. Jordan Mack, LB, Virginia

Marginal OAYP: 1.15
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 18 (3)
Position Rank: 4
 

27. Trevon Hill, EDGE, Miami

Marginal OAYP: 1.49
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 16 (4)
Position Rank: 5
 

26. AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College

Marginal OAYP: -0.31
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 138 (11)
Position Rank: 2
 

25. Tre Turner, WR, Virginia Tech

Marginal OAYP: 1.49
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 15 (3)
Position Rank: 5
 

24. Damon Hazelton, WR, Virginia Tech

Marginal OAYP: 0.69
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 40 (5)
Position Rank: 4
 

23. Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pitt

Marginal OAYP: 1.15
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 23 (5)
Position Rank: 4
 

22. Sean Pollard, OG, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: 1.19
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 22 (1)
Position Rank: 1
 

21. Bryce Perkins, QB, Virginia

Marginal OAYP: 0.62
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 43 (2)
Position Rank: 2
 

20. Dane Jackson, CB, Pitt

Marginal OAYP: 1.27
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 20 (5)
Position Rank: 6
 

19. AJ Terrell, CB, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: 1.27
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 21 (6)
Position Rank: 5
 

18. Essang Bassey, CB, Wake Forest

Marginal OAYP: 1.28
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 19 (4)
Position Rank: 4
 

17. Xavier Thomas, EDGE, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: 1.53
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 14 (3)
Position Rank: 3
 

16. Marvin Wilson, DL, Florida State

Marginal OAYP: 1.09
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 24 (2)
Position Rank: 1
 

15. Trajan Bandy, CB, Miami

Marginal OAYP: 1.64
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 13 (3)
Position Rank: 3
 

14. Alton Robinson, EDGE, Syracuse

Marginal OAYP: 1.66
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 11 (2)
Position Rank: 2
 

13. Tremayne Anchrum, OT, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: 2.13
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 6 (1)
Position Rank: 1
 

12. Mark Gilbert, CB, Duke

Marginal OAYP: 1.74
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 10 (2)
Position Rank: 2
 

11. Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State

Marginal OAYP: 2.58
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 1 (1)
Position Rank: 3
 

10. Michael Pinckney, LB, Miami

Marginal OAYP: 1.07
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 25 (4)
Position Rank: 3
 

9. Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse

Marginal OAYP: 1.66
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 12 (1)
Position Rank: 1
 

8. Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: 1.04
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 26 (4)
Position Rank: 2
 

7. Shaq Quarterman, LB, Miami

Marginal OAYP: 1.78
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 9 (2)
Position Rank: 2
 

6. Jonathan Garvin, EDGE, Miami

Marginal OAYP: 1.96
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 7 (1)
Position Rank: 1
 

5. Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: 2.52
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 3 (1)
Position Rank: 1
 

4. Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: 2.53
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 2 (2)
Position Rank: 1
 

3. Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia

Marginal OAYP: 2.38
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 4 (1)
Position Rank: 1
 

2. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: 2.2
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 5 (1)
Position Rank: 1
 

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Marginal OAYP: 1.82
OAYP Rank (OAYP Pos Rank): 8 (1)
Position Rank: 1

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: jim@espncoastal.com Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP