Scouting the ACC - Duke

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The Blue Devils have not had a player selected in the draft since 2015 when Laken Tomlinson was chosen in Round 1. The team has two standout underclassmen who will snap that streak the moment they make the jump into the NFL.

We wrote about linebacker Joe Giles-Harris last summer and graded him as a potential last-day pick; this year I stamped him as a second-day prospect. After rewatching the 2017 film, Giles- Harris impressed the heck out of me and showed significant improvement in his overall game.

He’s a fast, fierce linebacker who runs down ball carriers laterally, sells out on the blitz and shows skill in zone coverage. I was super impressed with the way he progressed in all facets of his position and feel he’s well on his way to developing into a three-down defender.

I also wrote about quarterback Daniel Jones one year ago in positive terms, but I was not as impressed with his development in 2017.  

Jones is a tall, intelligent pocket passer who, for the most part, does not make poor throws. He does a terrific job seeing the field and knowing where his wideouts are. His accuracy seemed to get away from him too many times last season, which is a major red flag on my board.

Jones has upside and a good quarterbacks coach at Duke, but he needs to pull it all together.

NFL Prospects from Duke

Grade

Round

Full Name

Pos

Year

#

3.74

2-3

Joe Giles-Harris

OLB

4Jr

44

3.39

5-6

Daniel Jones

QB

4Jr

17

3.21

FA

Mark Gilbert

CB

3Jr

28

3.04

FA

Jeremy McDuffie

CB

4Sr

9

3.00

FA

Trevon McSwain

DT

4Jr

95

2.94

FA

T.J. Rahming

WR

4Sr

3

2.92

FA

Daniel Helm

TE

5Sr

80

2.82

FA

Ben Humphreys

ILB

4Sr

34

2.80

FA

Davis Koppenhaver

TE

5Sr

81

2.71

FA

Johnathan Lloyd

WR

5Sr

5