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5 ACC Players Who Raised 2021 NFL Draft Stock This Week

  • The Draft Network
  • September 28, 2020
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It took some time, but every team in the ACC has officially played a game in 2020. With that said, the evaluation of prospects for the NFL is in full swing and the opportunity to stand out and ultimately improve draft stock is present for the NFL hopefuls in the ACC. Let’s examine who helped their cause with how they performed in Week 4 of the college football season. 

D’Eriq King, QB, Miami

A transfer from Houston, King’s arrival in Miami was met with plenty of excitement for how he can spark the Hurricanes offense. Named ACC Quarterback of the Week for the second consecutive week, King has fulfilled that promise. In Miami’s 52-10 rout over rival Florida State, King completed 29-of-40 passes for 267 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He was also Miami’s leading rusher, logging 65 yards on eight rushes. Through three starts this season, King has completed 76% of his passes with six touchdowns and no interceptions. While much will be made of King’s lack of ideal size, his performance so far against ACC competition is going to make the NFL take him seriously as a quarterback prospect. 

Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh

The Louisville offense is loaded with explosive playmakers but it proved to be no problem for Pittsburgh who held the Cardinals to a lowly 223 total yards after entering the contest averaging more than 500 per game. The defensive effort was led by Jones II, who led the Panthers in tackles (six) while collecting three sacks, three tackles for loss, and a quarterback hurry. Jones II tallied 11.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2019 and his senior campaign is off to a terrific start. 

Rashad Weaver, DL, Pittsburgh

After compiling 14 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in 2018, Weaver missed all of 2019 due to injury. Along with Jones II, Weaver was part of the dominant defensive effort by Pittsburgh in its 23-20 win over Louisville on Saturday. For the contest, Weaver racked up four tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and a quarterback hurry. Weaver’s objective this season was to prove he’s healthy and find his form from 2018 and so far he’s aced the test. 

Brenton Nelson, CB, Virginia

We finally got our first look at Virginia on Saturday and the Cavaliers kicked off the 2020 season with a 38-20 victory over Duke. A big part of claiming the victory was Virginia’s defense securing five interceptions, and Nelson came away with two of those. Aligning as a slot corner for Virginia, Nelson also logged a tackle for loss, broke up two passes, and didn’t allow a single yard in coverage despite being tested five times. The slot corner position is becoming more valuable in the NFL and the league craves defensive backs with ball skills. Nelson is proving he has those attributes. 

Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech

Deablo is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound safety that lines up everywhere for the Hokies defense. In Virginia Tech’s first game of the season on Saturday, Deablo’s versatility was on full display as he spent time in the box, in the slot, and as a deep safety. Looking comfortable in every role, Deablo contributed six solo tackles and an interception in the Hokies’ 45-24 win over NC State. Deablo was reliable in his coverage assignments, lined up in a variety of positions, tackled well, and took away the football. His senior year is off to a terrific start.

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