The 2015 NFL Draft is over and more than 400 players have begun the next chapter of their football careers.
So what better time than now to look ahead to next spring and the 2016 NFL Draft. Here are the top 25 ACC and Notre Dame prospects to watch in 2015:
1. Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (5-11, 195)
The Hokies' star coverman might actually be as good as Florida's Vernon Hargreaves III. The five-star recruit has started every game of his two-year career and is going to be an All-American entering '15
2. Ronnie Stanley, OL, Notre Dame (6-5, 315)
He's got the size and talent to be an elite blocker on the next level and has held his own very well against elite defensive talent (Leonard Williams, Stanford, LSU).
3. Jalen Ramsey, S, Florida State (6-1, 204)
How many five-star recruits start all 13 games as a true freshman for a team that goes 14-0 and wins a national title? Ramsey is now an upperclassman, the veteran star of the Noles' defense.
4. Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame (6-2, 235)
He can play inside linebacker, outside linebacker, defensive end in a 3-4 or just about anywhere else on the field. He's a freakish athlete who will vault himself into the first round.
5. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt (6-2, 190)
He regressed as a sophomore but his freshman season was no fluke. He has excellent athletic ability and can run all of the routes in the stem. Look for a huge bounce-back season from the Panthers wideout.
6. Nate Andrews, S, Florida State (5-11, 210)
The less-heralded of the two star FSU safeties isn't any less talented. He's got great size and could be just as highly regarded as Ramsey come draft time.
7. James Conner, RB, Pitt (6-2, 240)
He’s a beast of tailback who is impossible to tackle with one defender. He rolled up 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns a year ago, showing he’s a true workhorse back.
8. Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson (5-10, 190)
He’s just a redshirt sophomore but he showed why he was so highly touted coming out of high school. The star cornerback started all 13 games in his first season, earning freshman All-American honors along the way.
9. Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson (6-3, 270)
He posted 34 tackles and 3.5 sacks as a backup last year. He will be asked to step into a massive role after the Tigers' D-Line lost so much this offseason. Look for Lawson to become a household name this fall.
10. Sheldon Day, DE, Notre Dame (6-2, 285)
One of the quickest of the Irish defensive linemen heading into ’15, Day posted 40 tackles, 7.5 for a loss and nine quarterback hurries last fall. He could be an undersized tackle or traditional defensive end depending on where he lands.
11. Mike Williams, WR, Clemson (6-4, 210)
Williams blossomed a year ago into a star deep threat and is the next in a long line of elite pass catchers from Death Valley. He has great size and posted 1,030 yards as a sophomore.
12. Landon Turner, OG, North Carolina (6-4, 325)
The preseason first-team All-ACC lineman is one of the best interior blockers in the nation. According to UNC, Turner posted five games with at 10 knockdown blocks and is poised for a big senior season in Chapel Hill.
13. Devonte Fields, DE, Louisville (6-4, 240)
The former Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year has dealt with major off-the-field issues but has gotten his second chance at Louisville. If he’s focused and committed to football, Fields could be a monster coming off of the edge for Bobby Petrino.
14. Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame (6-5, 301)
Martin moves back to center this fall and will be the pivot for the Irish O-Line. He could be the top center prospect in the country in next year’s draft class.
15. Dadi Nicolas, DE, Virginia Tech (6-4, 236)
Where he plays on the next level may impact his draft stock. He’s undersized for a true defensive end but would excel off of the edge as an outside backer in a 3-4.
16. Deon Bush, S, Miami (6-1, 205)
He’s got great size and is the best defensive player in a Hurricanes uniform. He led the ACC with five forced fumbles and finished with 53 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions.
17. Terrance Smith, LB, Florida State (6-1, 231)
He battled injuries all season last fall and missed a bunch of time in the offseason nursing a turf toe issue. But Smith was a huge part of each of the last three ACC titles. He posted 86 tackles last fall.
18. James Burgess, LB, Louisville (6-0, 230)
When it comes to athletic ability, Burgess has rare talent. He flies around the field like a safety but is right at home attacking the running game. He’s not overly big but he plays bigger than his frame, collecting 71 tackles and 10.0 for a loss.
19. KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame (5-11, 190)
Academic issues sidelined Russell all of last season but he was getting preseason All-American love prior to the suspension.
20. Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson (6-3, 210)
The nephew of Jevon Kearse, Jayron’s athletic ability will be intriguing to the NFL. He made tons of plays last year, posting 60 tackles and two interceptions as a lanky sophomore.
21. Jeremy Cash, S, Duke (6-2, 205)
He’s got great size and is incredibly well-coached. The All-American was the only defensive back in the nation to register at least 100 tackles (111), 10.0 tackles for a loss (10.5) and five sacks (5.5).
22. Jarron Jones, DT, Notre Dame (6-6, 315)
If he’s 100 percent healthy and focused, Jones has elite upside. He posted 40 tackles, including 7.5 for a loss, but is returning from a severe foot injury. He also needs to be more consistent.
23. Max Redfield, S, Notre Dame (6-1, 198)
The prized recruit blossomed last season as a leader in the Irish secondary. He finished second on the team with 68 tackles and has the speed-size combination the NFL is looking for.
24. Brandon Facyson, CB, Virginia Tech (6-2, 190)
He missed nine games last year with a shin injury and broke his leg in December. If he returns to form, the redshirt sophomore could be poised to return to his freshman All-American status.
25. Reggie Northrup, LB, Florida State (6-1, 226)
This is all projection, as Northrup is returning from a torn ACL in the Rose Bowl loss to Oregon. However, he was the leading tackler with 122 stops last year and has the talent to play on Sundays.
Best of the Rest:
26. Quinshad Davis, WR, North Carolina
27. Corey Robinson, WR, Notre Dame
28. Jabari Hunt-Days, DT, Georgia Tech
29. Tracy Howard, CB, Miami
30. Adam Gotsis, DT, Georgia Tech
31. Stacy Coley, WR, Miami
32. Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pitt
33. Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
34. Taquan Mizzell, RB, Virginia
35. Jamal Golden, S, Georgia Tech
36. Jon Heck, OT, North Carolina
37. Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State