Tuesday Draft Notes -- 5.0

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

For this week’s edition of Tuesday draft notes, we move back east and look at what's going on in the ACC. Also included are notes on one Big Ten receiver moving up boards.

The consensus in the scouting community is that Clemson has more next-level talent on the defensive line than any other team in the nation -- something which should come as a surprise to no one.

But while most focus on Christian Wilkins, recently graded as the No. 1 prospect on our draft board, and Clelin Ferrell, who is listed sixth, I’m told the real sleeper improving his draft stock is Austin Bryant.

Thus far the junior has 28 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and five sacks to his credit, along with five additional quarterback pressures in six games this season. I’m told Bryant has been speaking with agents and there’s a real chance he enters the draft after the season.

Where will Wilkins and Ferrell play next fall?

No one I’ve spoken with expects Wilkins to stay at Clemson in 2018, and just about everyone feels it’s a real possibility Ferrell also enters the draft.

I’m hearing rumblings from Blacksburg that both Edmunds brothers could be headed for the draft.

We raved about Tremaine Edmunds during our Virginia Tech preview, and most we’ve spoken with believe he could end up in Round 1 with good predraft workouts -- and I’m told the junior will knock it out of the park whenever he tests. 

Sources tell me the linebacker could time in the high 4.5s in the 40 and touch close to 40 inches in the vertical jump. Just about everyone I’ve spoken with is of the opinion Edmunds is a multi-scheme, three-down defender with tremendous upside.

Area scouts in the Big Ten are stamping Indiana receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. as a probable second-day pick. They like his size, pass-catching skill and ability to win out for the contest throw. 

The concerns surrounding Cobbs, a Week 1 riser, include speed, route-running ability and off-field issues, which include a well-documented confrontation with police this past July.