Monday, April 21, 2008

ACC could get boost from draft

This weekend’s NFL draft could provide a needed credibility boost to the ACC.

No current ACC team has appeared in a BCS title game over the last five years. Early predictions at and have only three ACC teams – Clemson, Virginia Tech and Virginia – in the top 25 in 2008.

But the draft could demonstrate that the ACC continues to turn out strong talent. In 2006, an astounding 12 ACC players were drafted in the first round. Last year, the ACC had a respectable six first-round choices.’s list of the top 32 draft prospects for 2008 shows includes seven players from the ACC – more than any other conference. The SEC and Big Ten have six each.

Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan and Virginia defensive end Chris Long are certain first-round picks and have represented their schools and the conference well in the weeks leading up to the draft.

It will be good for the ACC to have them selected in prominent positions Saturday.

– Ken Tysiac


matt said...

Virginia a preseason top-25? Someones gotta explain that one.