Ranking the Top 15 Players in the ACC for 2015 (Experts Poll)

Who is the best player in the ACC?

Some of the ACC’s biggest names and best players from the 2014 season are playing on Sundays this fall, but the league still has a strong core of talent for 2015. The ACC boasts a solid overall group of quarterbacks and talent on defense with the return of Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey and Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller.

 

With the season right around the corner, Athlon Sports sought to answer this question: Who is the best player in the ACC this year?

 

In order to rank the top 15 players in the ACC for 2015, Athlon Sports sought the insight of several experts from the conference. The voting process was simple. Using criteria such as career performance so far, 2015 potential/projection, pro outlook, recruiting ranking, value to team or overall talent, each voter was asked to rank their top 15 players for 2015.

 

A point system was assigned, giving 15 points for a player with a No. 1 vote, 14 points for a No. 2 vote, 13 points for a No. 3 vote and so on.

 

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The Voters

 

Chris Nee, (@CNee247), Noles247.com

Rich Cirminiello, (@RichCirminiello), CampusInsiders.com

Sam Werner, (@SWernerPG), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

David Glenn, (@DavidGlennShow), ACCSports.com

Steven Lassan, (@AthlonSteven), AthlonSports.com

Adam Powell, (@ACCSports), ACCSports.com

David Teel, (@DavidTeelatDP), DailyPress.com

A.J. Black, (@BCHysteria), BCInterruption.com

Jon Kinne, (@JonRKinne), Athlon Contributor Network

David Fox, (@DavidFox615), AthlonSports.com

James Henderson, (@PackPride), PackPride.com

John Cassillo, (@JohnCassillo), NunesMagician.com

Antwan Stanley, (@Antwanstaley), Athlon Contributor Network

Joe Giglio, (@Jwgiglio), NewsObserver.com

Ethan Moore, (@LvilleSprtsLive), LouisvilleSportslive.Net

Ariya Massoudi, (@AriyaMassoudi), FSView.com

Anson Whaley, (@AnsonWhaley), CardiacHill.com

Mitch Light, (@AthlonMitch), AthlonSports.com

J.P. Scott, (@TheJPScott), Athlon Contributor Network

Matt Carter, (@TheWolfPacker), The Wolfpacker

Mark Ross, (@AthlonMarkR), AthlonSports.com

 

Ranking the ACC's Best Players for 2015 (Experts Poll)
  Player Team Total Points
1 Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State (7 first-place votes) 281
2 Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson (6) 278
3 James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh (7) 276
4 Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech 242
5 Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh (1) 227
6 Justin Thomas, QB, Georgia Tech 152
7 Jeremy Cash, S, Duke 122
8 Quin Blanding, S, Virginia 109
9 Dadi Nicolas, DE, Virginia Tech 105
10 Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State 103
11 Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami 77
12T Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina 69
12T Mike Williams, WR, Clemson 69
14 Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson 44
15 Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State 39
16 Artavis Scott, WR, Clemson 35
17T Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State 29
17T Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State 29
19 Landon Turner, OG, North Carolina 28
20 Everett Golson, QB, Florida State 26
21 Terrance Smith, LB, Florida State 23
22T Luther Maddy, DT, Virginia Tech 22
22T Devonte Fields, DE/LB, Louisville 22
24 Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville 20
25 James Burgess, LB, Louisville 19
26 Keith Kelsey, LB, Louisville 14
27 Nate Andrews, DB, Florida State 12
28 Jon Hilliman, RB, Boston College 10
29T Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh 6
29T Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina 6
29T Mario Pender, RB, Florida State 6
32 Ken Ekanem, DE, Virginia Tech 5
33T Matt Skura, C, Duke 3
33T Adam Gotsis, DT, Georgia Tech 3
35T Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech 2
35T Brandon Chubb, LB, Wake Forest 2
35T Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson 2
38T Reggie Northrup, LB, Florida State 1
38T Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson 1
38T Matt Dayes, RB, NC State 1

* Four players received first-place votes. Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey and Pittsburgh running back James Conner received the most first-place votes (seven). Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson received six, while Pittsburgh receiver Tyler Boyd received one.

* Four of the top 12 players in this poll were quarterbacks. According to the voting panel, Watson is No. 1, followed by Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas, Miami’s Brad Kaaya and North Carolina’s Marquise Williams.

 

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* Seven different teams were represented in the top 10.

 

* Despite the uncertainty surrounding his status for 2015, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook ranked No. 10 in this expert poll.

 

* Florida State (nine) had the most players voted for in this expert poll. Clemson was second with six, followed by Virginia Tech (five) and Louisville (four). 

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