Seven Rounds In Nashville

Seven Rounds
ACC Nation Staff @accnation

Many a 6 year old has dreamt of becoming that pro player they first saw on television. They may have gotten a heady dose of possibilities by visiting a stadium or coliseum to see the best of the best in action first hand. Once those dreams were set in motion there were no thoughts of the barriers that they’d have to break through. There were more mountains ahead than imagined to reach the pinnacle of their chosen sport but yet, here they were. From ankle biter to high school to college and now, the Commissioner of the NFL was calling out their name in one of seven rounds.

There are 256 draft spots available in the NFL each year. Out of the 73,557 NCAA college football participants there are 16,346 eligible to be drafted. The quick math says that only 1.6% of those NCAA players will have their names called by Roger Goodell this week. Now, you have just a small taste of the pins and needles that college players are experiencing during the draft. If you’re thinking about that next step in sports you may want to read the NCAA’s 2019 ‘Estimated probability of competing in professional athletics’ report.

Now, here we are again as fans of college and professional football hoping for the best on both sides. We hope that our favorite college players head off to a stellar professional career. At the same time they may become less likable should an opponent of our favorite pro team select them in the draft.

The Quarterbacks

We looked at Duke quarterback Daniel Jones and the chatter around his being selected by the New York Giants in this story last week. As the draft approaches there’s still smoke but not as much fire regarding Jones being a first round pick. Will that change in the next few days? In which of the seven rounds in Nashville will Jones hear his name called?

The top prospect during this last minute look at Mock Drafts remains Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray. There are some ripples in the water, however. What would football be without a quarterback controversy? Murray is still a solid No. 1 pick across every board at this stage. To hear anyone else’s name called would be very surprising.

The Mock Drafts

When it comes to ACC players our first stop is Round One. For this we took a look at NFL.com analyst Charles Davis’ most recent mock draft. Davis has Jones dropping out of favor with the Giants and not being picked in the first round. Here’s a look at his Mock Draft as it applies to the ACC/Notre Dame.

  • #13 Clelin Ferrell, Clemson to Miami
  • #14 Christian Wilkins, Clemson to Atlanta
  • #15 Brian Burns, Boston College to Washington
  • #26 Dexter Lawrence, Clemson to Indianapolis
  • #31 Garrett Bradbury, NC State to LA Rams

Chris Trapasso at CBSSports.com, like Davis, also dropped his most recent Mock Draft today (04/23/19). We included it for two reasons and both have to do with ACC players. In his mock Trapasso believes that Jones will be headed to the Giants. Reason number two – a bit of a surprise as Virginia safety Juan Thornhill moves into the first round as a pick for the Seattle Seahawks.

Draftwire at USA Today features a mock draft by Luke Easterling that includes all seven rounds. We opted to list the players but not the projected rounds. Here’s a look.

Mock Draft Rounds 1-7

  • Brian Burns, Florida State
  • Christian Wilkins, Clemson
  • Daniel jones, Duke
  • Garrett Bradbury, NC State
  • Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
  • Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
  • Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
  • Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
  • Zach Allen, Boston College
  • Trayvon Mullen, Clemson
  • Julian Love, Notre Dame
  • Kelvin Harmon, NC State

Seven Rounds In Nashville

  • Germain Pratt, NC State
  • Gerald Willis, Miami
  • Juan Thornhill, Virginia
  • Jaquan Johnson, Miami
  • Michael Jackson, Miami
  • Te’Von Coney, Notre Dame
  • Joe Jackson, Miami
  • Miles Boykin, Notre Dame
  • Sheldrick Redwine, Miami
  • Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame
  • Mark Fields, Clemson
  • Joe Giles-Harris, Duke

Seven Rounds In Nashville

  • Ryan Finley, NC State
  • Wyatt Ray, Boston College
  • Alex Bars, Notre Dame
  • Sam Mustipher, Notre Dame
  • Tyree St. Louis, Miami
  • Chris Slayton, Syracuse
  • Tre Lamar, Clemson
  • Tim Harris, Virginia
  • Anthony Ratliff-Williams, North Carolina
  • Hunter Renfrow, Clemson
  • Austin Bryant, Clemson
  • Kendall Joseph, Clemson
  • Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
  • Lukas Denis, Boston College
  • Jakobi Meyers, NC State
  • Hamp Cheevers, Boston College
  • Malik Carney, North Carolina

The NFL Draft gets underway Thursday, April 25 with Round One selections beginning at 8:00pm ET. Rounds 2-3 are on Friday, April 26 beginning at 7:00pm ET and Rounds 4-7 are on Saturday, April 27 with coverage at 12:00pm ET. Click here to find out where you can watch or listen to this year’s NFL Draft.


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