ESPN.com's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both updated their mock drafts, and while there are several discrepancies between the two, both agree that former Maryland tackle Bruce Campbell will be the ACC's first player taken in the April NFL draft. Both have Campbell being selected No. 8 by the Oakland Raiders.
Here's Kiper's take on it:
You could see the Raiders taking Trent Williams or Anthony Davis here, but Campbell fits the Al Davis profile. He's a need pick and maybe a reach, but he's also a stunningly impressive physical package, tops among all tackles available. Campbell has star talent, but his productivity is still a question. In a nutshell, he makes sense in Oakland.
Why not? A fringe first-round prospect on most boards, Campbell was the workout warrior at this year's combine, and Al Davis' obsession with height-weight-speed combos is well-known. Trent Williams would be a better choice but also would be a reach, and Campbell's physical tools are off the charts.
The unfortunate part for ACC fans is that they never got to see Campbell reach his full potential. We're talking about a player who only has 17 career starts. He missed three games last year because of injuries. Maryland and Campbell both probably could have benefited from another season in College Park, but clearly it's not hurting his draft status or his wallet. Because of Campbell's short tenure and exposure in the conference, ACC fans might be surprised to hear Campbell would be taken ahead of the guys who stole the headlines.
The only other ACC players Kiper and McShay have slotted in their first-round picks are former Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan (Kiper says 10th pick, McShay No. 16), and former Clemson running back C.J. Spiller (McShay says 14th pick; Kiper No. 19).