Media Days Marathon: Draft Questions From The ACC, Day 1
By Matt LaPan
As the Media Day Marathon continues, the ACC is the next stop. The ACC enters 2013 with two teams in the top 15 of the most recent AP preseason poll, with Florida State at 10 and Clemson at 11. The conference is also loaded with draft talent. Players like Tajh Boyd, Christian Jones, Sammy Watkins and James Wilder Jr. all headline some of the early Football.com draft positional rankings.
With day one of the ACC media day being focused solely around the players, a lot of interesting comments and even fashion styles came from the event. Here are some of the draft-centric questions that came from Sunday. Don't forget to check back Tuesday for updates from the ACC coaches.
1. Does the ACC have the nation's best draft eligible quarterbacks?
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd started ACC media day with a bang, claiming that the ACC has the nation's best collection of quarterbacks. Although Boyd was looking at the conference as a whole, could that sentiment transfer over to the draft boards? The ACC does feature a class of Boyd, Bryn Renner of North Carolina, Stephen Morris of Miami (FL) and Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech. All four of these quarterbacks are featured in Football.com's early draft positional rankings. And although this collection is quite impressive, is it truly the best? Or could the combination of Aaron Murray, A.J. McCarron and Johnny Manziel in the SEC be the best? It is early but currently the arms race could go to the Boyd and the ACC.
2. Is everyone sleeping on Lamarcus Joyner?
Joyner considered an early leap to the NFL last year but decided to stay for his senior season at Florida State. Now, it appears he is forgotten on a talented defense. Joyner does not have the size of an ideal safety (5-foot-8, 195 pounds) but is one of the more explosive athletes one will find on an ACC Saturday this season. Joyner was very outspoken at media day, calling out both Pitt and Clemson, all but predicting victories in both games. But the question stands, does Joyner have the bite to back his bark?
3. How will Jeremiah Attaochu transition in Georgia Tech's new defense?
Last year, Georgia Tech ran a 3-4 defense and saw little success aside from defensive stalwart Jeremiah Attaochu. Fast-forward one season and it is a new defense for the Jackets and a new position for Attaochu. He will move to defensive end, where he has the right build, speed and motor to be a top-flight pass rusher. But will he be able to adjust to life with his hand in the dirt in new defensive coordinator Ted Roof's system?