ACC 2023 NFL Draft prospects and scouting reports

Ahead of the 2022 college football season, here's a look at the scouting reports for potential 2023 NFL Draft prospects out of the ACC.

With the college football season around the corner, it’s time to set our eyes on the next group of NFL hopefuls that could be available next April in the 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City. In this edition, we’ll take a look at the draft prospects and scouting reports from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

2023 ACC NFL Draft prospects to know

Boston College Eagles

To the surprise of many, Zion Johnson returned to Boston College for a second senior season, and he improved his draft stock immeasurably, ending up as the 17th pick in 2022. Once again, an interior offensive lineman ranks at the top of the BC board, and he may have no choice but to return for another season.

Christian Mahogany, G | Grade: 3.64 | Projected Round: 3

Junior guard Christian Mahogany compares to his former teammate Johnson in a variety of ways. Mahogany is an explosive lineman who dominates on the line of scrimmage, gets to the second level, and annihilates opponents. Mahogany has a complete game and can be used in a variety of blocking schemes. Presently ranking as a third-round prospect on my board, his immediate draft plans may be on hold. Mahogany announced that he tore his ACL in the middle of June and will miss the 2022 season.

Phil Jurkovec, QB | Grade: 3.47 | Projected Round: 5

Phil Jurkovec played in just six games last year after a hand injury interrupted his season, but he enters 2022 with huge expectations. Graded by scouts I’ve spoken with as a Day 2 prospect, Jurkovec is a strong-armed pocket passer with great stature. He easily makes all the throws and is a mobile signal-caller who picks up yardage with his legs.

I’m concerned about his pass placement and overall accuracy, which is why I have a fifth-round grade on Jurkovec. He consistently makes receivers adjust to errant throws and wait for the ball to arrive. That must change, and quickly.

Josh DeBerry, CB | Grade: 3.39 | Projected Round: 6 and Zay Flowers, WR | Grade: 3.35 | Projected Round: 6

Cornerback Josh DeBerry comes with nice size and solid ball skills. Zay Flowers is a slender but quick receiver with dependable hands who can double as a return specialist. Both hold sixth-round grades on my board.

Clemson Tigers

It was just a few years ago, in 2019, when the Clemson Tigers had three defensive linemen drafted within the top 20 selections. And while the program will have one fewer selected at the top of the 2023 draft, the quality of the newest edition of Tigers defensive linemen surpasses the former Clemson trio. Clemson should have one of the best defenses in college football, and four players rank as potential top-100 draft picks on my board.

Myles Murphy, DE | Grade: 4.21 | Projected Round: 1

Myles Murphy is sure to be the next highly rated pass rusher from the program and projects as a potential top-10 pick. He’s a sensational athlete who rushes the edge, splits double-team blocks, and consistently disrupts the opponent’s game plan. Murphy is impossible to stop, and he’s a great combination of athleticism, explosion, and strength. He’s also very effective playing off the line of scrimmage and in space.

Bryan Bresee, DT | Grade: 4.18 | Projected Round: 1

Not far behind Murphy is defensive tackle Bryan Bresee, another dominant lineman who was limited to four games last season. Bresee possesses many of the same qualities as Murphy, except he’s at least 30 pounds larger and much more powerful. Bresee creates opportunity after opportunity for teammates, as opponents are constantly double-teaming him in the middle of the line. Even with that, Bresee splits those double-team blocks to penetrate the line of scrimmage. Bresee also ranks as a potential top-10 pick.

Jordan McFadden, G | Grade: 3.75 | Projected Round: 3

I’m very high on lineman Jordan McFadden, who I grade as an early third-round prospect. McFadden lines up at left tackle for Clemson and shows outstanding agility, footwork, and lateral blocking range. He’s terrific blocking in motion and shows ability on the second and even third level.

McFadden is also a strong run blocker who moves defenders off the line to open up running lanes. He measures just 6-foot-2 and a tick over 300 pounds, hence a move to the inside is inevitable. If McFadden has a good senior season and plays well in one of the postseason all-star games in front of scouts, I could see him making a Zion Johnson-like move up draft boards.

Trenton Simpson, LB | Grade: 3.73 | Projected Round: 3

Trenton Simpson rounds out the trio of underclassmen, and this junior is a dynamite linebacker. He’s incredibly athletic making plays in space, gets tremendous depth in coverage, and shows great range on the field. Simpson also shows a lot of toughness defending the run and forces his way up field on the blitz. Carrying a third-round grade on my board, Simpson possesses the potential to move up.

Tyler Davis, DT | Grade: 3.69 | Projected Round: 3

Tyler Davis is a quick, explosive DT who plays with outstanding pad level and consistently beats opponents off the ball with his first step. Davis lacks bulk and power and is best in a four-man line. He struggled at times with injury in 2021, but he still played well enough to grab a third-round grade.

Ruke Orhorhoro, DT | Grade: 3.49 | Projected Round: 4-5

Ruke Orhorhoro, yet another defensive tackle, is larger and stouter than Davis, though he’s not the same level of playmaker. Orhorhoro does a terrific job holding the point and shows a lot of athleticism.

Xavier Thomas, DE | Grade: 3.37 | Projected Round: 6

I’m much higher than most on Xavier Thomas. He’s a terrific pass rusher who can come out of a three-point stance and occasionally stand over tackle. Thomas is pegged with a sixth-round grade on my board, but he’ll have to work out well prior to the draft if he’s to fit into the later part of Day 3.

Duke Blue Devils

After not having a single player selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, Duke should have at least one prospect slide into the late rounds.

Shaka Heyward, LB | Grade: 3.35 | Projected Round: 6

Shaka Heyward has had a draftable grade on my board since his sophomore season when he really stood out. He’s a slightly undersized LB who quickly dissects the action and makes plays in space. While I have Heyward graded as a sixth-round prospect, his play has leveled off the past two years, and he hasn’t shown a lot of improvement.

Jalon Calhoun, WR | Grade: 3.05 | Projected Round: FA

Jalon Calhoun is a smallish receiver who separates from defenders through routes and consistently catches the ball with his hands. Calhoun has no outstanding athletic trait to his game, but he has enough ability to make a roster as a fifth receiver/return specialist.

Florida State Seminoles

Recent results on the field at Florida State have been disastrous for this once-proud program. Yet, despite a poor win-loss record, the Seminoles have consistently put players into the draft’s initial two rounds in the past decade, and many of those selected have gone on to become outstanding NFL players. However, I don’t see that trend continuing in 2023.

Jammie Robinson, S | Grade: 3.38 | Projected Round: 6

The Seminoles have a history of producing outstanding defensive backs, and Jammie Robinson is next in line. Though not near the level of Derwin James or Jalen Ramsey, Robinson is a solid safety with enough ball skills and athleticism to get consideration in the late rounds.

Tatum Bethune, LB | Grade: 3.37 | Projected Round: 6

Tatum Bethune is a hard-charging linebacker who transferred to FSU from Central Florida. He’s under six feet tall but is very effective in pursuit. Bethune’s draft grade will depend on testing results next March.

Maurice Smith, C | Grade: 3.33 | Projected Round: 6

Junior center Maurice Smith showed a lot of ability last season and was very consistent. Smith is fundamentally sound, explosive, and effective blocking in motion. He needs to add bulk and strength to his frame, but he has an upside.

Kayden Lyles, G (3.26) | Ontaria Wilson, WR (3.10) | Fabien Lovett, DT (3.09) | Robert Cooper, DT (3.04)

Wisconsin transfer Kayden Lyles, defensive tackles Fabien Lovett and Robert Cooper, and receiver Ontaria Wilson could all make a push into the late rounds if they play well in 2022.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

It’s been primarily Day 3 picks coming out of Georgia Tech the past decade, and that’s likely to continue during the 2023 NFL Draft.

Keion White, DE | Grade: 3.39 | Projected Round: 5-6

Defensive end Keion White receives a lot of love from the scouting community, though he hasn’t produced much on the field recently. A transfer from Old Dominion, White played in just four games for Tech last season and flashed ability. I presently have a sixth-round grade on White, and it can go either way. If he has a big season, he could move into the early part of Day 3. If White doesn’t meet expectations, he may end up undrafted.

Myles Sims, CB | Grade: 3.09 | Projected Round: FA

Corner Myles Sims displayed flashes of brilliance as a redshirt freshman and looked like a big-time NFL prospect. He possesses the size and previously showed the ball skills necessary to be an NFL cornerback. Unfortunately, his best football is behind him, as Sims has really shown no progress in his game since stepping into the starting lineup. Based on his play the past two seasons, Sims grades as a UDFA, but if he’s able to capture previous glory and build upon it, he could end up being selected in the draft.

Louisville Cardinals

Louisville product Jaire Alexander, a first-round cornerback in 2018, signed a massive contract extension with the Green Bay Packers during the offseason. Another cornerback presently sits on top of the Cardinals’ draft board.

Kei’Trel Clark, CB | Grade: 3.53 | Projected Round: 4

I reported that Kei’Trel Clark was seriously considering entering the 2022 NFL Draft early in the process last year, but he chose to return for his senior season, which was his best option. Clark is a terrific athlete with solid ball skills facing the action. He shows a great burst to the pass out of his break and has a physical game. Clark really struggles making plays with his back to the ball, but he looks like he’d be a good nickel back in zone coverage or backed off the line of scrimmage.

Kenderick Duncan, S | Grade: 3.42 | Projected Round: 5

Safety Kenderick Duncan is a player I’ve been high on since his sophomore season when he played at Georgia Southern. Duncan is a tough, instinctive safety who does a great job stuffing the run and comes with outstanding cover skills. Duncan has a complete game, and while he plays fast, I doubt he times under 4.65 in the 40, which will hurt his draft stock.

Miami Hurricanes

The Hurricanes are under new management, as Mario Cristobal returns to his alma mater with the hopes of bringing former glory back to the program. Miami suffered several defections through the transfer portal the past six months, but it still possesses a lot of next-level talent. I presently have a number of Hurricanes graded as late Day 2/middle-round picks, yet all these players could make big moves up draft boards with productive campaigns in 2022.

Tyrique Stevenson, CB | Grade: 3.83 | Projected Round: 2

Tyrique Stevenson is someone I had highly rated coming into last season, as his 2020 film at Georgia was outstanding. Stevenson is a long, agile, and athletic corner who displays a terrific head for the position and excellent ball skills. He’s consistently around the action and rarely, if ever, gets beat.

I didn’t see the improvement in Stevenson’s game last season that I had hoped, but a variety of factors were at play. Presently he grades as a late second-round prospect on my board, but if he plays well this season and tests well in the run-up to the draft, Stevenson could easily move into the draft’s initial 42 selections.

Zion Nelson, OT | Grade: 3.65 | Projected Round: 3

Zion Nelson is someone I’ve been hot and cold on the past three seasons. I loved Nelson’s 2019 film and soured on him a year later, but I thought he rebounded well last season. He’s a nice-sized college left tackle who blocks with exceptional fundamentals.

Nelson is a smart lineman who plays with proper pad level and uses his hands well. But while he’s a solid pass protector, I just don’t see a dominant blocker on film. Nevertheless, I have Nelson graded as a third-round prospect, and like Stevenson, he has major upside.

Key’Shawn Smith, WR | Grade: 3.54 | Projected Round: 4

There was a time when Miami put great receiver prospects into the draft. Could sophomore Key’Shawn Smith be the next great one from the program? Possibly.

Smith has displayed himself to be a game-controlling receiver that opponents cannot contain. He makes the tough grab in a crowd or the vertical reception downfield and shows a lot of skill running after the catch. Smith is long, agile, and has a burst of speed. I like his game and love his upside.

Tyler Van Dyke, QB | Grade: 3.46 | Projected Round: 5

Conversely, I’m not as high on quarterback Tyler Van Dyke as most others. Van Dyke is a strong-armed pocket passer with the ability to make all the throws. The problem? You don’t know where the ball will end up half the time.

Van Dyke flashes brilliance but all too often throws behind his receivers and has passes fly high off the mark. He also struggles to find defenders in the secondary. He’s more of a strong-armed athlete than next-level passer to this point, which is why I’ve stamped him as a fifth-round prospect. That being the case I love his upside, and if he’s able to turn the moments of brilliance into consistent dominance, Van Dyke will fly up draft boards.

North Carolina Tar Heels

The Tar Heels disappointed in a variety of forms the past year. Expected to contend for the ACC title, the team finished below .500, and their star quarterback Sam Howell — who was at one point predicted to be a top-15 pick in the draft — dropped to the fifth round. The fortunes of the program should be better moving forward.

Asim Richards, OT | Grade: 3.67 | Projected Round: 3

I graded offensive tackle Asim Richards as a fifth-round prospect off the 2020 film, and he was even more impressive last season. Richards is a fundamentally sound blocker who shows terrific footwork and lateral range from his left tackle spot. He’s patient, tough, and strong. The questions are how tall he is and whether teams will project Richards as a left tackle or guard. Regardless, he’s a legitimate next-level blocker who holds a third-round grade on my board.

Josh Downs, WR | Grade: 3.61 | Projected Round: 3

Junior Josh Downs is a quick and incredibly explosive receiver who catches the ball extremely well. He separates from defenders with outstanding route running, has a burst of speed, and shows a ton of ability running after the catch. Downs has a smaller frame and projects as a slot receiver/return specialist. I gave him a third-round grade, yet I could see Downs moving into Round 2 if he continues to improve.

Noah Taylor, LB | Grade: 3.51 | Projected Round: 4

Noah Taylor transferred to UNC from rival Virginia, where he was one of the nation’s more underrated linebackers the past two seasons. Taylor shows a complete game and has nice size (6’4″ and 235 pounds), speed (under 4.7 seconds in the 40), and instincts. He’s adept at dropping into coverage and defending the run, and he also shows a lot of force on the blitz. While I have a fourth-round grade on Taylor, he has a lot of upside potential.

North Carolina State Wolfpack

It was a banner year for NC State in a variety of ways. Offensive lineman Ikem Ekwonu was the No. 6 of the draft, the earliest a player from the program has been selected since Bradley Chubb went one pick earlier in 2018. Next year’s class from the Wolfpack is primarily Day 3 prospects.

Devin Leary, QB | Grade: 3.44 | Projected Round: 5

Quarterback Devin Leary did a great job leading NCSU last season and is well thought of in the scouting community. Leary is smart, accurate, and protects the football. He possesses a great head for the position but lacks a next-level arm and pocket size. He’s more of a game manager and holds a fifth-round grade on my board.

Payton Wilson, LB | Grade: 3.40 | Projected Round: 5

Payton Wilson holds a fifth-round grade on my board, but he comes with serious medical concerns. From an on-field point of view, Wilson is tough and athletic with outstanding instincts. He makes plays in space as well as up the field. At times over the past two seasons, scouts told me Wilson could end up as a Day 2 choice. From a medical point of view, Wilson is a UDFA. He’s had multiple shoulder issues, including a major injury that cut his 2021 season short.

Isaiah Moore, LB | Grade: 3.32 | Projected Round: 6

Isaiah Moore is someone I loved after watching his freshman film, but he’s shown little progress and development since. He’s a nice-sized LB who plays with terrific instincts and intensity. Moore has been moved around the past two seasons, which hurt his development. Still, I like Moore’s upside, and if he takes his game to the next level, he’ll grade higher than the sixth round.

Drake Thomas, LB | Grade: 3.28 | Projected Round: 7

Drake Thomas comes with poor measurables and average speed. Nevertheless, he’s a tough, instinctive linebacker who plays with a special-teams mentality.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

The Fighting Irish are not part of the ACC, but for the most part, they play an ACC schedule. From a tape-review point of view, it’s a natural fit to add them into the conference for the purposes of reviewing the program’s top next-level prospects. Notre Dame has a tradition of putting quality tight ends and defensive backs into the draft, and that will continue in 2023.

Michael Mayer, TE | Grade: 4.04 | Projected Round: 1

Junior tight end Michael Mayer is the top NFL prospect on the roster, and it’s not even close. Mayer is a big-bodied TE with natural pass-catching hands. He consistently makes the reception away from his frame and possesses strong hands. Mayer is also sneaky fast and stretches the seam to make big plays down the field.

He’s tough and makes the contested catch in a crowd and with defenders draped on him. That toughness really doesn’t carry over to blocking, as Mayer could best be characterized as poor in that area. He doesn’t get results or show a lot of desire in the blocking department. Still, his ability to catch the ball will be appealing to NFL teams in this day and age.

Isaiah Foskey, LB | Grade: 3.88 | Projected Round: 2

On the other side of the ball, Isaiah Foskey flashes big-time ability. He’s an athletic pass rusher who comes out of a three-point stance and looks terrific standing over tackle. Foskey makes several plays up the field and in space, and he’s much more than a pin-your-ears-back-and-rush-up-the-field prospect.

Brandon Joseph, S | Grade: 3.74 | Projected Round: 3

Many believe if Brandon Joseph entered April’s draft, he would’ve been a first-round choice. I disagree, and Joseph did the next-best thing; he transferred to Notre Dame from Northwestern and will look to improve his game.

Joseph is an athletic safety with nice size, and he’s a terrific run defender who is very explosive up the field. Joseph possesses a lot of upside, but he must really polish his game. He’s often caught out of position, and his ball skills need work.

Clarence Lewis, CB | Grade: 3.68 | Projected Round: 3

Junior Clarence Lewis was graded as a third-round pick on my board off the 2020 film, and while I didn’t see a lot of improvement in his game last season, he’s still an NFL corner. Part of the problem is scheme. Notre Dame often has its CBs giving a huge cushion at the line. But when pressed up against opponents, Lewis locks down receivers.

Cam Hart, CB | Grade: 3.62 | Projected Round: 3

Senior Cam Hart is slightly better than Lewis backed off the line and has outstanding length. I could see Hart making a big move up boards with a knockout campaign and a big week of practice at the Senior or Shrine Bowl.

Pittsburgh Panthers

When quarterback Kenny Pickett was chosen by the hometown Steelers with the 20th pick in April’s draft, he became the first Panther to be selected in Round 1 since Aaron Donald. Next year’s class is primarily middle-round choices.

Carter Warren, OT | Grade: 3.63 | Projected Round: 3

Despite having a good senior season, offensive tackle Carter Warren chose to return for a second go-around. Warren is a large (6’5 1/2″, 320 pounds) blindside protector who did a great job keeping Pickett upright last season. He’s fundamentally sound, shows solid footwork off the edge, and gets results in pass protection as well as run blocking.

There will be a debate as to whether or not Warren is a left or right tackle at the next level, but he’s definitely a Sunday prospect. Warren is presently the only Pitt player who holds a Day 2 grade on my board.

Habakkuk Baldonado, DE | Grade: 3.45 | Projected Round: 5

Habakkuk Baldonado is an explosive pass rusher who does well in the Panthers’ defense. Never off his feet, Baldonado is fundamentally sound and plays with great agility. He’s strong for his size (6’4 1/2″, 260 pounds), but he doesn’t play like a great athlete, which is why I gave him a fifth-round grade.

Israel Abanikanda, RB | Grade: 3.38 | Projected Round: 6

I really like Israel Abanikanda, an all-purpose skill player as a running back, pass catcher, and return specialist. Abanikanda creates yardage carrying the ball with tremendous foot quickness, runs hard on the inside, and is a terrific pass catcher out of the backfield and on the flanks. He’s also a game-changing return specialist.

Shayne Simon, LB | Grade: 3.15 | Projected Round: FA and Kedon Slovis, QB | Grade: 3.00 | Projected Round: FA

Keep an eye on a pair of transfers who’ll suit up for Pitt this season: quarterback Kedon Slovis and linebacker Shayne Simon. Slovis showed great promise at USC before losing his starting job last season. Simon, meanwhile, was a terrific linebacker for Notre Dame in 2019. Both carry PFA grades on my board.

Syracuse Orange

Time is running out for Dino Babers at Syracuse. During his six seasons as head coach, the Orange have had just one winning season and no more than two players selected in any single draft. The upcoming season holds hope for Syracuse fans, as five players on the depth chart hold draftable grades.

Matthew Bergeron, OT | Grade: 3.62 | Projected Round: 3

During my Syracuse writeup last summer, offensive tackle Matthew Bergeron was mentioned as the top next-level prospect on the roster and held a sixth-round grade. Twelve months later, he’s still the top SU prospect but has improved three rounds based off his play last season.

Bergeron is a long (6’5″), mobile left tackle who displays excellent footwork, lateral range, and the ability to handle speed rushers. Fundamentally sound, he does a terrific job with his hands and blocks with proper pad level. I’d like to see Bergeron get stronger, especially in his base, as he’s often pushed into the pocket. Yet, he comes with growth potential and would be a good fit for a zone-blocking system.

Marlowe Wax, LB | Grade: 3.48 | Projected Round: 5

Junior Marlowe Wax is a tremendous run-stuffing linebacker who also shows skill in coverage. Wax is powerful and more times than not holds his ground against offensive linemen or defeats them to make the tackle. He presently holds an early-fifth-round grade on my board, though I do see Day 2 potential.

Mikel Jones, LB | Grade: 3.38 | Projected Round: 6

Mikel Jones is another solid run-defending LB who’s slightly better in pursuit than his teammate but is smaller. Jones is graded a round later than Wax, as he may not hit six feet when officially measured by scouts.

Stefon Thompson, LB | Grade: 3.35 | Projected Round: 6

Stefon Thompson — the third LB of the group — is probably my favorite. He’s a terrific athlete who gets tremendous depth on drops and shows a ton of force on the blitz. Thompson is also undersized with limited growth potential, which will push him deep into the draft.

Virginia Cavaliers

The Cavaliers have put players into the draft on a piecemeal basis since 2015 and haven’t had a player selected in the first round since 2009. Moving towards the 2023 NFL Draft, the former will continue.

Dontayvion Wicks, WR | Grade: 3.60 | Projected Round: 3

UVA has a pair of solid offensive prospects, beginning with receiver Dontayvion Wicks, who could be a Day 2 pick next year if everything falls into place. Wicks has nice length (slightly under 6-foot-2), quick hands, and outstanding pass-catching ability. He’s the go-to guy in the Virginia offense and consistently comes away with the reception. Wicks is more of a one-speed wideout who lacks a second gear, but he possesses the ability to be a third wideout on the depth chart.

Brennan Armstrong, QB | Grade: 3.47 | Projected Round: 5

Brennan Armstrong is another smart, poised QB prospect from the ACC who lacks a huge arm. Armstrong’s accuracy and pass placement are impressive, as are his decision-making and command of the offense. While he throws the deep out well, Armstrong cannot drive long throws. He also has an elongated throwing motion that slows the release of the ball. That will be a problem for a lot of teams.

Billy Kemp IV, WR | Grade: 3.15 | Projected Round: FA

Billy Kemp IV is a receiver I feel is underrated and will have value at the next level. He’s a small, super-quick slot receiver who will add value as a return specialist.

Virginia Tech Hokies

The Hokies are under new management following Justin Fuente’s firing after six seasons. Fuente’s failures on the field had a ripple effect into the NFL draft, as the once-proud Virginia Tech program could only muster late-round picks in 2022. The negative effect of Fuente’s poor recruiting will continue to carry over into future drafts for the Hokies.

Chamarri Conner, S | Grade: 3.30 | Projected Round: 6

Just one player on the depth chart, defensive back Chamarri Conner, carries a draftable grade, and it’s a late-sixth-round grade at that. Conner is a versatile DB who’s lined up at corner, nickel back, and safety. He has nice size and smarts and plays tough football. What Conner lacks is speed; he plays like a 4.65-second guy. While I like his game, Conner solely projects as a strong safety for the next level, which limits his draft appeal.

Jadan Blue, WR | Grade: 3.00 | Projected Round: FA

Keep an eye on receiver Jadan Blue, who looked like a potential middle-round pick in 2019 when he was an impact player for Temple. Blue’s game has gone in reverse the past few seasons, but hopefully, a change in scenery will do him good.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Wake Forest had a terrific season in 2021 and went on to place a pair of players into the draft’s final day. The results next April should be even better.

A.T. Perry, WR | Grade: 3.56 | Projected Round: 4

A.T. Perry is getting Day 2 love from several scouts I’ve spoken with, but the receiver has a fourth-round grade on my board. He’s a long pass catcher who wins out for contested throws and battles to come away with the reception. Perry possesses soft hands and is an imposing target, but I’m concerned about the minimal speed and quickness in his game as well as his inability to separate through routes.

Sam Hartman, QB | Grade: 3.45 | Projected Round: 5

From a tape perspective, quarterback Sam Hartman has all the qualities of a next-level passer. He’s patient, poised, and extremely accurate. I love Hartman’s vision, decision-making, and ability to hit receivers in stride. Hartman doesn’t have a cannon for an arm, but he’s not a poor vertical passer.

However, while I like Hartman more than most, he falls short from a tape-measure perspective, coming in around 6-foot-1 and 208 pounds. I have a mid-fifth-round grade on Hartman, though, we’ll have to see if he even plays this year following the recent news of a medical procedure needed following a practice in mid-August.

Jacorey Johns, DE | Grade: 3.41 | Projected Round: 5

Junior Jacorey Johns is an explosive edge rusher who shows a lot of athleticism and has a big upside. He should get more playing time this season, and I’ll be charting his progress.

Michael Jurgens, C | Grade: 3.36 | Projected Round: 6

I like center Michael Jurgens more than the scouts I’ve spoken with and have a solid sixth-round grade on the senior. Jurgens is very quick, super smart, and efficient. He has enough athleticism and mobility to line up in a zone-blocking system at the next level. Jurgens’ long frame offers a lot of growth potential.

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