Sleeping Seniors: ACC Atlantic

Maryland needs CB Trenton Hughes to step up, if they are to be successful this season

Earlier this week we took a look at who the Sleeping Seniors were in the Coastal division. Today we break down the Atlantic division and BBD sees a high concentration of potential defensive back prospects.

SS Terrance Parks-FSU
6’2, 223 lbs.
3 Star S-Rivals

Parks has ideal size to play on the back line in the NFL. He is a physical S who is not afraid to come up in the run game and make his presence known. He has solid body control when in the air and can battle with some of the biggest WR’s the ACC has to offer. What Parks lacks is the instincts to be an elite S. He’s the kind of S who would rather let plays happen in front of him, rather than challenge for a pass over the middle. Combine that hesitant nature with incoming stud S Karlos Williams, Parks injury history and you see that he’s going to need to make a big impact in a hurry to keep his job.

OG Antoine McClain-Clemson
6’5, 330 lbs.
4 Star OT-Scout

McClain probably grades out as one of the best, if not the best, OL on the Clemson offensive line, and with QB Tajh Boyd finally taking over full time it is imperative that McClain continue his dominance. McClain displays excellent footwork, maintaining his balance throughout his blocks. He is quick off the ball when run blocking and does a good job delivering the blow. He can get himself over extended while blocking on stunts and delayed blitzes. He seems to struggle in space and that carries over into his blocking on the 2nd level where he appears to lunge at targets.

CB Donnie Fields-Boston College
6’1, 200 lbs.
3 Star CB-Rivals

Donnie Fields has excellent size for the CB position, he is a tall and athletic prospect who isn’t afraid to impose his size down the field. He has loose hips which allow him to change directions quickly, and we like the way he sinks his hips and explodes out of his backpedal. We do wish he would show more aggression and ability when it comes to tackling. He does not have good form and at time his effort appears to be subpar.

CB Cameron Chism-Maryland
5’10, 190 lbs.
3 star CB-Scout

With Kenny Tate moving to LB, all eyes will fall to Chism to lead the secondary and instill stability into the Terps defensive backfield. Chism has ideal speed and athleticism to be a lock down corner. He shows good technique playing both man and zone coverage. One thing we noticed when looking at Chism was the vast difference in his 2009 tape and his 2010 tape. He regressed greatly in terms of his awareness and coverage ability in 2010 and we hope that this trend will reverse itself in 2011.

CB Trenton Hughes-Maryland
5’11, 190 lbs.
3 Star Athlete-Rivals

I can’t begin to describe to you how much Randy Edsall would love for Hughes to become a Chism clone on the opposite side. The issue is that he is not nearly the same caliber an athlete or as opportunistic as Chism has proven to be. He has solid speed and is strong enough to play in press coverage. The issue with Hughes is that he’s very inconsistent from drive to drive. One drive he’ll have the #2 WR on lockdown, and the next he’ll bite on a double move and its big play for the opponent. Hughes has the size, the speed, and the strength to play on this level, now all he has to do is prove it.

Don’t forget to check out the ACC Atlantic’s top prospects over on NEPD!

Check back later in the week as we break down the Big 12!


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