Scouting reports for 2021 NFL Draft prospects from the ACC Conference from Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network’s Chief Draft Analyst and NFL Insider. To view overall and positional rankings, visit and bookmark Pauline’s Draft Board. Please note that the links below will open in a new tab.
Teams/NFL Draft prospects covered in this 2021 ACC Scouting Report:
Boston College Eagles, Clemson Tigers, Duke Blue Devils & Florida State Seminoles – Page 1
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Louisville Cardinals, & Miami (FL) Hurricanes – Page 2
North Carolina Tar Heels, North Carolina State Wolfpack, & Pittsburgh Panthers – Page 3
Syracuse Orange, Virginia Cavaliers, Virginia Tech Hokies & Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Page 4
2021 NFL Draft | ACC Scouting Reports: Boston College Eagles
For information on Boston College tight end Hunter Long, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
For information on Boston College linebacker Isaiah McDuffie, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
John Lamot NFL Draft Scouting Report | Linebacker
Positives: Hard-working, instinctive linebacker who quickly locates the ball handler, displays good change-of-direction skills, and chases the action hard. Fires upfield defending the run and wraps up tackling. Displays a short burst of speed.
Negatives: Average size and play speed. Not forceful on the blitz. Easily knocked from the action by a single blocker and gets caught up in the trash. Lacks speed in pursuit.
Analysis: Lamot was a terrific college linebacker but lacks the size and speed for the NFL. He could make a roster as an eighth linebacker if he plays well on special teams.
Max Richardson NFL Draft Scouting Report | Linebacker
Positives: Competitive linebacker who flies around the action. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself, and fires up the field. Quickly gets to the action and sells out, sacrificing his body to stop the run. Instinctive, effectively reads and diagnoses the action and plays faster than his 40 time. Gets depth on pass drops and fires around the field.
Negatives: Poor size and play speed. Easily blocked from the action. Lacks true pursuit speed. Not a strong wrap-up tackler.
Analysis: Richardson was a very productive linebacker for Boston College and tackling machine on defense, but he lacks the size and speed for the next level. He comes with a special-teams mentality, and his instincts coupled with his intensity could help Richardson make it as a seventh or eighth linebacker.
Max Roberts NFL Draft Scouting Report | Defensive End
Positives: Maine transfer who was a solid pass rusher at the college level. Breaks down well, plays with intensity, and is rarely off his feet. Fires off the snap, effectively uses his hands, and possesses an explosive closing burst. Fast off the edge, shows ability standing over tackle, and holds his ground against blocks. Easily changes direction, keeps his feet moving, and moves well laterally in pursuit of the action.
Negatives: Cannot get off blocks once engaged at the point of attack. Lacks bulk and gets out-positioned by defenders.
Analysis: Roberts was a solid pass rusher at the college level and projects as a situational defender who can come out of a three-point stance or stand over tackle.
T.J. Rayam NFL Draft Scouting Report | Defensive Tackle
Positives: Explosive one-gap defensive lineman who moves well about the field. Fires off the snap, plays low to the ground, and gets leverage on opponents. Keeps his feet moving and his hands working throughout the play. Easily changes direction, moves well about the field, and gets down the line chasing the action in pursuit.
Negatives: Easily locked up at the point by a single blocker. Not much of a pass rusher.
Analysis: Rayam is a hard-working, three-technique lineman with limited size and growth potential. His ability to make plays in pursuit gives him a chance in a four-man front.
2021 NFL Draft | ACC Scouting Reports: Clemson Tigers
For information on Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
For information on Clemson wide receiver Cornell Powell, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
For information on Clemson offensive tackle Jackson Carman, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
For information on Clemson running back Travis Etienne, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
For information on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
2021 NFL Draft | ACC Scouting Reports: Duke Blue Devils
For information on Duke EDGE Chris Rumph, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Deon Jackson NFL Draft Scouting Report | Running Back
Positives: Hard-working, downhill ball carrier who is best between the tackles. Solid open-field runner who displays excellent vision and quickly locates running lanes. Runs with good lean, keeps his feet moving, and rarely gets brought down by the first defender. Works runs hard, breaks lots of tackles, and picks up yardage off initial contact. Consistently runs north and south. Solid receiver out of the backfield.
Negatives: Not a creative ball carrier who makes defenders miss or improvises if plays break down. Often runs into piles rather than bouncing around opponents.
Analysis: Jackson, who was graded as a middle-round choice by scouts coming into the season, is a one-dimensional back who must be kept between the tackles. Despite this, he possesses the size and skill to be a fifth ball carrier on an NFL roster.
Devery Hamilton NFL Draft Scouting Report | Offensive Line
Positives: College tackle who projects to guard in the NFL. Bends his knees, stays square, and shows patience in pass protection. Strong, explosive at the point, and correctly places his hands into defenders. Turns opponents from the action to open up running lanes. Keeps his head on a swivel, looks for someone to hit, and works blocks.
Negatives: Struggles blocking in motion and cannot redirect or hit a moving target. Lacks great bulk for right tackle. Doesn’t show great footwork or range in space.
Analysis: Hamilton enjoyed a solid college career at Duke, and he’s a tough, hard-working lineman with nice length. He must improve his strength at the point of attack but possesses the necessary tools to back up on Sundays.
For information on Duke Safety Michael Carter II, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
For information on Duke tight end Noah Gray, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Rakavius Chambers NFL Draft Scouting Report | Offensive Line
Positives: Tough, explosive blocker who is best in a small area. Sets with a wide base, works to bend his knees, and quickly gets off the snap. Stays square, anchors in pass protection and turns defenders from the line on running downs. Keeps his head on a swivel and blocks with a nasty attitude. Jolts defenders with tremendous hand punch.
Negatives: Lacks footwork in space, is off balance in pass protection, and struggles adjusting to pick up the blitz. Gets tall as the play proceeds and bends at the waist.
Analysis: Chambers possesses the size as well as strength the play at the next level but is a one-dimensional, small-area blocker best suited for a power gap scheme.
Victor Dimukeje NFL Draft Scouting Report | Defensive End
Positives: Terrific college pass rusher with marginal physical skills for the next level. Quick off the snap, fights with his hands, and displays good movement skills. Easily changes direction, breaks down well, and is rarely off his feet. Consistently gets leverage on opponents, moves well about the field, and plays faster than his 40 time, displaying speed in lateral pursuit. Flows to the play, shows agility, and nicely redirects to the action.
Negatives: Small and gets caught up in the wash. Easily out-positioned from the action by a single blocker. Lacks true pursuit speed.
Analysis: Dimukeje was a terrific defensive end for Duke, but he lacks the size for the position in the NFL and the speed to move to linebacker. He’s a situational defender who projects as a nickel pass rusher, though his game comes with limitations.
2021 NFL Draft | ACC Scouting Reports: Florida State Seminoles
For information on Florida State cornerback Asante Samuel Jr., check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
For information on Florida State safety Hamsah Nasirildeen, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
For information on Florida State EDGE Janarius Robinson, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
For information on Florida State EDGE Joshua Kaindoh, check out his 2021 NFL Draft Profile.