- Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.
The ACC championship game is just around the corner, and there are some big-name NFL prospects to keep an eye on when Florida State and Virginia Tech meet. Here's a look at the top prospects for each team.
Florida State Seminoles
C Rodney Hudson (Scouts Inc. grade: 88) -- He is an undersized prospect who is not overpowering at the point of attack, but Hudson is a very good technician. He is one of the more efficient and consistent blockers in the country, and teams with zone-blocking offenses could consider Hudson as early as the second round.
QB Christian Ponder (Grade: 74) -- Ponder has battled through an up-and-down season due in part due to an elbow injury suffered in October. He's been noticeably sharper as a passer since having the elbow drained, but he still needs the right pro team -- likely one that runs a West Coast offense -- to fall in love with his athleticism, competitiveness and intangibles in order to come off the board before Round 3.
DE Markus White (38)
C Ryan McMahon (32)
OLB Mister Alexander (30)
ILB Kendall Smith (30)
RB Tavares Pressley (30)
Virginia Tech Hokies
RB Ryan Williams (Grade: 86) -- Williams has suffered through an injury-riddled redshirt sophomore season after bursting onto the scene in 2009. He's still a premier talent, though, and has shown signs recently that he's returning to full form. Williams is thought to be leaving Virginia Tech after this season and could be a first-round pick despite disappointing results in 2010.
CB Rashad Carmichael (Grade: 77) -- He lacks ideal size and is only decent in run support, but Carmichael plays with energy and gives great effort. He has good straight-line speed but struggles with balance at times and will lose ground versus quick double moves. Carmichael has enough talent and the mental makeup to contribute as a subpackage corner and on special teams in the NFL, which is why he projects as a third- or fourth-round pick.
QB Tyrod Taylor (Grade: 41) -- Taylor has made enormous strides as a passer and a leader but is still not considered a legitimate NFL quarterback prospect, due in large part to marginal height and inconsistent accuracy. He's a dangerous runner, though, and NFL teams will consider him in the middle rounds because of his athleticism and potential to play a versatile role on offense and special teams.
DT John Graves (39)
S Davon Morgan (33)
DE Steven Friday (32)
TE Andre Smith (31)
C Beau Warren (30)
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