Media Day Marathon: Draft Questions From The ACC, Day 2
By Matt LaPan
Another day goes by and another media day gives the draft community a great deal to talk about. Day Two of ACC media day was highlighted by the coaches of the conference, following Sunday's session with the players. New coaches and new programs cover the face of the ACC and this was on full display on Monday.
With that said, it is time to move on to some draft questions that were presented during Monday's media day.
1. Who will emerge from NC State's "hybrid" offense?
One of the highlights of Day Two was a quote from NC State's Dave Doeren, claiming that his offense "is a hybrid . . . It's no-huddle, that's why people say we run the spread, but it's not. It's Wisconsin and Oregon combined. It's power football, it's play-action passes with all the things that go into the spread of making people play in space with the empty packages, jet sweeps and option football that we can run out of it.
"It is an exciting brand, there are a lot of big plays, a lot of explosive plays in this kind of offense and guys want to make big plays as offensive players."
With this hybrid, who will be able to step up and deliver? Could tight end Asa Watson recover from an offseason injury to take over the center of the field? Or will it be a player such as Quintin Payton, a 6-foot 4-inch receiver who will have more help on the outside to draw attention away from him?
2. Is the ACC "closing the gap" on the SEC in draft talent?
To many, this concept sounds insane. Not North Carolina coach Larry Fedora however. Fedora said, the ACC is "closing the gap with that other league." Although Fedora was talking about overall perception of the league, this could be true for the draft. However in the early Football.com positional rankings, the SEC tallied 29 total players while the ACC only managed 16.
3. Is Jadaveon Clowney really that good?
Everyone knows how good South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney can be. But is he so good that he is the topic of discussion at conference media day, outisde of his conference? Apparently so. Clowney was the topic of discussion by coaches, administrators and even referees during ACC media day.