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

Jalen Ramsey

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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

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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).