Top 100 ACC football players of 2018: 50-1

Rankings 100-51 can be found here

Some highly-productive players made the cut for the top 50, including numerous All-ACC candidates such as Boston College’s Tommy Sweeney, the league’s top returning tight end and the Eagles’ leading receiver in 2017. Coming off a 1,000-yard rushing season, Georgia Tech’s KirVonte Benson is looking to challenge the league’s rushing leaders in 2018. UNC’s return specialist and top offensive playmaker, Anthony Ratliff-Williams, makes the cut, as does Clemson veteran wideout Hunter Renfrow. A pair of veteran ACC offensive linemen – Florida State’s Alec Eberle and Wake Forest’s Phil Haynes, are candidates for postseason honors – while Virginia’s Chris Peace ranks third among ACC returners in sacks, behind only Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant.


50. T.J. Rahming, Wide Receiver, Duke
49. Matt Colburn, Running Back, Wake Forest
48. Phil Haynes – Offensive Guard, Wake Forest
47. Reggie Floyd – Cornerback, Virginia Tech
46. Hunter Renfrow – Wide Receiver, Clemson
45. Alec Eberle – Center, Florida State
44. Chris Peace – Linebacker, Virginia
43. Tommy Sweeney – Tight End, Boston College
42. Anthony Ratliff-Williams – Wide Receiver/Return Specialist, North Carolina
41. KirVonte Benson – Running Back, Georgia Tech


Two top-tier ACC veteran quarterbacks – Virginia Tech’s Josh Jackson and Clemson’s Kelly Bryant – crack our top 40, as do two of the league’s up-and-coming young stars – Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins, and Miami offensive tackle Navaughn Donaldson. Four of the league’s top veteran offensive linemen – Pitt’s Alex Bookser, NC State’s Tyler Jones, Clemson’s Sean Pollard, and Donaldson – made this particular group, as did two of the Atlantic Division’s top defensive backs – cornerback Levonta Taylor of Florida State, and safety Cameron Glenn of Wake Forest.


40. Kelly Bryant, Quarterback, Clemson
39. Navaughn Donaldson – Offensive Tackle, Miami
38. Jon Greenard – Linebacker, Louisville
37. Sean Pollard – Offensive Guard, Clemson
36. Cameron Glenn – Safety, Wake Forest
35. Tee Higgins – Wide Receiver, Clemson
34. Tyler Jones – Offensive Tackle, NC State
33. Levonta Taylor – Cornerback, Florida State
32. Josh Jackson – Quarterback, Virginia Tech
31. Alex Bookser – Offensive Tackle, Pittsburgh


Spots 21 through 30 are mostly veterans, including a pair of first-team All-ACC candidates along the offensive line – Georgia Tech’s Parker Braun and Wake Forest’s Ryan Anderson. Ahmmon Richards would probably rank higher on our list if not for an injury he’s spent much of the offseason overcoming. The same goes for Wake Forest’s Greg Dortch – one of the top multi-purpose talents in the league. Virginia safety Jordan Mack and Boston College safety Lukas Denis are two of the more productive – and underrated – defensive players in the entire ACC. Clemson running back Travis Etienne is looking to break out in 2018, as is Joe Jackson, Miami’s promising defensive end talent.


30. Ricky Walker – Defensive Tackle, Virginia Tech
29. Greg Dortch – Wide Receiver, Wake Forest
28. Ahmmon Richards – Wide Receiver, Miami
27. Lukas Denis – Safety, Boston College
26. Joe Jackson, Defensive End, Miami
25. Travis Etienne – Running Back, Clemson
24. Ryan Anderson – Center, Wake Forest
23. Parker Braun – Offensive Guard, Georgia Tech
22. Olamide Zaccheaus – Wide Receiver/Return Specialist, Virginia
21. Jordan Mack – Linebacker, Virginia


Spots 11 through 20 on our list includes numerous 2017 first and second-team All-ACC selections, including Duke cornerback Mark Gilbert, Clemson center Justin Falcinelli, NC State wide receiver Kelvin Harmon, Boston College defensive end Zach Allen, Miami cornerback Michael Jackson, linebacker Shaquille Quarterman and running back Travis Homer, and Boston College offensive tackle Chris Lindstrom. The ACC’s top returning quarterback, NC State’s Ryan Finley, also cracks the top 20, as well as Clemson linebacker Kendall Joseph, who is primed for a breakout 2018 season.


20. Kendall Joseph – Linebacker, Clemson
19. Travis Homer – Running Back, Miami
18. Ryan Finley, Quarterback, NC State
17. Zach Allen – Defensive End, Boston College
16. Chris Lindstrom – Offensive Tackle, Boston College
15. Justin Falcinelli – Center, Clemson
14. Shaquille Quarterman – Linebacker, Miami
13. Kelvin Harmon – Wide Receiver, NC State
12. Michael Jackson – Cornerback, Miami
11. Mark Gilbert – Cornerback, Duke


Our top ten is loaded with first round 2019 NFL Draft projections, including all four starters along Clemson’s star-studded defensive line. Tiger four-year starting left tackle Mitch Hyatt also cracked the top ten. The ACC’s leading returning rusher, Boston College’s A.J. Dillon, joins Louisville wide receiver phenom Jaylen Smith in the top five alongside Clemson defensive line standouts Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins, and Dexter Lawrence. Two more returning All-ACC talents – Duke linebacker Joe Giles-Harris and Miami safety Jaquan Johnson – also make the top ten cut, as well as emerging Florida state running back Cam Akers.


10. Cam Akers – Running Back, Florida State
9. Jaquan Johnson – Safety, Miami
8. Joe Giles-Harris – Linebacker, Duke
7. Austin Bryant – Defensive End, Clemson
6. Mitch Hyatt – Offensive Tackle, Clemson
5. Dexter Lawrence – Defensive Tackle, Clemson
4. Jaylen Smith – Wide Receiver, Louisville
3. A.J. Dillon – Running Back, Boston College
2. Christian Wilkins – Defensive Tackle, Clemson
1. Clelin Ferrell – Defensive End, Clemson


Top 100 Breakdown

Clemson – 15
Miami – 11
NC State – 9
Florida State – 8
Boston College – 8
Virginia – 7
Wake Forest – 7 
Duke – 7
Louisville – 6 
Georgia Tech – 5
Virginia Tech – 5
Syracuse – 4
Pittsburgh – 4
North Carolina – 4


Quarterbacks (9)
Ryan Finley, Josh Jackson, Kelly Bryant, Malik Rosier, Jawon Pass, Eric Dungey, TaQuon Marshall, Trevor Lawrence, Daniel Jones 
Running Backs (12) 
A.J. Dillon, Cam Akers, Travis Homer, Travis Etienne, KirVonte Benson, Matt Colburn, Jaqcues Patrick, Tavien Feaster, Lorenzo Lingard, Jordon Brown, Brittain Brown, Darrin Hall
Wide Receivers (11) 
Jaylen Smith, Kelvin Harmon, Olamide Zaccheaus (return man), Tee Higgins,  Ahmmon Richards, Greg Dortch (return man), Anthony Ratliff-Williams (return man), Hunter Renfrow, T.J. Rahming, Dez Fitzpatrick, Jakobi Meyers  
Offensive Tackle (11) 
Mitch Hyatt, Chris Lindstrom, Alex Bookser, Tyler Jones , Navaughn Donaldson, Mekhi Becton, Justin Herron, Cody Conway,  Yosuah Nijman, Landon Dickerson, Charlie Heck
Offensive Guard (4) 
Parker Braun, Sean Pollard, Phil Haynes, Terronne Prescod   
Center (6) 
Justin Falcinelli, Ryan Anderson, Alec Eberle, Tyler Gauthier, Garrett Bradbury, Ben Petrula,
Tight Ends (2)  
Tommy Sweeney, Ravian Pierce
Defensive Ends (9) 
Clelin Ferrell, Austin Bryant, Joe Jackson, Zach Allen, Brian Burns, Rashad Weaver, Malik Carney, Victor Dimukeje, Trevon Hill    
Defensive Tackles (6) 
Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence, Ricky Walker, Demarcus Christmas, Chris Slayton, Darian Roseboro    
Linebackers (11) 
Joe Giles-Harris, Kendall Joseph, Jordan Mack, Shaquille Quarterman, Jon Greenard, Chris Peace, Michael Pinckney, Oluwaseun Idowu, Dorian Etheridge, Brant Mitchell, Germaine Pratt  
Safeties (8) 
Jaquan Johnson, Lukas Denis, Cameron Glenn, Juan Thornhill, Jeremy McDuffie, Will Harris, Jarius Morehead, Brenton Nelson 
Cornerbacks (7) 
Mark Gilbert, Michael Jackson, Levonta Taylor, Reggie Floyd, Trayvon Mullen, Essang Bassey, Stanford Samuels  
Kickers/Punters/Specialists (4) 
Pressley Harvin III, Michael Walker, Lester Coleman, Joseph Reed