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Complete guide to ACC underclassmen: Who’s staying and who’s leaving?

By  January 15, 2017

What an exciting time we’re in right now. No one likes when there’s no football on TV but January is a crucial time in the year when we learn whether some of the ACC’s best players will be moving on or staying.

With Monday’s underclassmen deadline to declare for the NFL Draft just hours away, the ACC Post is excited to present our complete guide to ACC underclassmen leaving and staying.

We sourced our data from ACCSports.com’s Mark Carroll. Be sure to click on each name’s link to see articles or tweets showing their decision.

Leaving

RB James Conner, Pittsburgh

Age: 21

Class: Redshirt Junior

2016 stats: 216 carries, 1092 yards, 16 TD, 21 rec, 302 yards, 4 TD

Projected pick: 2nd to 3rd round

QB Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech

Age: 22

Class: Junior

2016 stats: 3546 yards, 29 TD, 846 rush yards, 12 rush TD

Projected pick: 2nd to 3rd round

WR Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech

Age: 20

Class: Junior

2016 stats: 79 rec, 1094 yards, 7 TD

Projected pick: 2nd to 3rd round

TE Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech

Age: 21

Class: Redshirt Junior

2016 stats: 48 rec, 691 yards, 7 TD

Projected pick: 3rd to 4th round

QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina

Age: 22

Class:Redshirt Junior

2016 stats: 3748 yards, 30 TD, 308 rush yards, 5 rush TD

Projected pick: 1st round, 3rd overall

RB Elijah Hood, North Carolina

Age: 21

Class: Junior

2016 stats: 145 carries, 858 yards, 8 TD, 25 rec, 142 yards

Projected pick: 2nd to 3rd round

DT Nazair Jones, North Carolina

Age: 22

Class: Redshirt Junior

2016 stats: 70 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 9.5 TFL

Projected pick: 2nd to 3rd round

RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State

Age: 21

Class: Junior

2016 stats: 288 carries, 1,765 yards, 19 TD, 33 rec, 488 yards, TD

Projected pick: 1st round, 12th-15th overall

OL Roderick Johnson, Florida State

Age: 21

Class: Junior

Projected pick: 3rd to 4th round

WR Travis Rudolph, Florida State

Age: 21

Class: Junior

2016 stats: 56 rec, 840 yards, 7 TD

Projected pick: 2nd to 3rd round

S Josh Jones, NC State

Class: Redshirt Junior

2016 stats: 109 tackles, 3 INT

Projected pick: 3rd to 4th round

QB Brad Kaaya, Miami

Age: 21

Class: Junior

2016 stats: 3,532 yards, 27 TD, rush TD

Projected pick: 2nd to 3rd round

TE David Njoku, Miami

Class: Redshirt Sophomore

2016 stats: 43 rec, 698 yards, 8 TD

Projected pick: 2nd round

RB Joseph Yearby, Miami

Age: 20

Class: Junior

2016 stats: 102 carries, 608 yards, 8 TD, 10 rec, 65 yards

Projected pick: 3rd to 4th round

QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson

Age: 21

Class: Junior

2016 stats: 3,914 yards, 37 TD, 529 rush yards, 6 TD

Projected pick: 1st round, 1st to 10th overall

WR Mike Williams, Clemson

Age: 22

Class: Redshirt Junior

2016 stats: 98 rec, 1,361 yards, 11 TD

Projected pick: 1st round, 7th to 18th overall

RB Wayne Gallman, Clemson

Age: 22

Class: Redshirt Junior

2016 stats: 232 carries, 1,133 yards, 17 TD, 20 rec, 152 yards

Projected pick: 2nd round

WR Artavis Scott, Clemson

Age: 22

Class: Junior

2016 stats: 76 rec, 614 yards, 5 TD

Projected pick: 3rd round

Undecided

TE/FB Jaylen Samuels, NC State

Class: Junior

2016 stats: 55 rec, 565 yards, 7 TD

Projected pick: 3rd to 4th round

Returning

OL Tyrone Crowder, Clemson

S Quin Blanding, Virginia

LB Micah Kiser, Virginia

DE Bradley Chubb, NC State

CB Brandon Facyson, Virginia Tech

LB Harold Landry, Boston College

S Donnie Miles, North Carolina

CB M.J. Stewart, North Carolina

DT Derrick Nnadi, Florida State

LB Matthew Thomas, Florida State

TE Cam Serigne, Wake Forest

DE Chad Thomas, Miami

Analysis

ACC teams by number of players leaving: Clemson (4), Virginia Tech (3), Miami (3), North Carolina (3), Florida State (3), NC State (1), Pittsburgh (1)

Biggest hit: Clemson

Clemson loses nearly its entire offensive production from 2016 as QB Deshaun Watson, RB Wayne Gallman and receivers Artavis Scott and Mike Williams all head to the NFL. The only silver lining in Clemson’s devastating roster turnover will be offensive guard Tyrone Crowder, who will return for his senior season.

We would also be remiss to not mention the huge hit fans in Chapel Hill will take with both Tar Heels QB Mitch Trubisky and star rusher Elijah Hood moving on. Throw in monster D-tackle Nazair Jones and it’s not looking too sunny in North Carolina approaching the spring.

Miami similarly takes a big bruise with QB Brad Kaaya, TE David Njoku and RB Joseph Yearby heading to the draft. Njoku is the lone sophomore from the ACC electing to enter the draft.

And then there’s also Virginia Tech, which will lose stud QB Jerod Evans, speed-freak receiver Isaiah Ford and TE Bucky Hodges.

Least or no impact: Virginia, Boston College, Wake Forest, Louisville, Syracuse, Duke, Georgia Tech have no underclassmen entering the draft.

Virginia and Florida State will both welcome back two crucial defensive starters who could have elected to leave early. Virginia gets back safety Quin Blanding and linebacker Micah Kiser while the ‘Noles get back star linebacker Matthew Thomas and defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi.

Miami loses just three starters on defense, and none in their front seven with end Chad Thomas returning. corner Corn Elder, free safety Rayshawn Jenkins and safety Jamal Carter Sr. will all graduate. Miami’s three freshman linebackers all mature into sophomores. Defense might not be the issue in 2017 for the ‘Canes – but offense almost certainly will.

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