Scouting the ACC: Georgia Tech

Scouting the ACC: Georgia Tech

The Jackets did an admirable job in Chan Gailey's first year at the helm and could've been the surprise team in the ACC this season until the program was hit hard after several top players were declared academically ineligible. Still, this is a program with a lot of sleepers on its roster for next years draft.

Nate Dorsey is a wide-bodied tackle with tremendous strength and natural size. He's not a bad athlete for a big man and moves about the field rather well. That said he must improve almost every facet of his game and learn patience, body positioning and blocking angles. We also think after breaking him down, Dorsey may be better off on the strong side rather than his present left tackle spot. One major sleeper could be receiver Jonathan Smith, a natural wide out with terrific hands. Smith had a splendid 2001 campaign and was the teams best pass catcher, consistently making the big grab. Smith is an exceptional route runner and has a terrific feel for the position. His production slid last year after Smith was used at running back and quarterback throughout the year due to injuries on the offense. Tony Hollings is a nice sized interior runner who lit the ACC on fire last season but suffered a major knee injury at the end of the campaign and will not play for Tech this season after failing to qualify academically. There is some thought Hollings may enter a supplemental draft in July, but that would be a huge mistake on his part. J.P. Foschi offers solid hands in the short field but is best as a blocker from his tight end position.

Tech could have the two biggest sleepers at linebacker for next year's draft. Daryl Smith has top instincts in the middle and seeks out the action sideline-to-sideline yet also does a good job in pass coverage. Keyaron Fox is explosive on the outside and a defender that flashes on the scene, taking out opponents with bone-chilling hits. His range and pursuit skills are outstanding but his instincts are not as good when compared to Smith's. Both are a bit undersized and could fall through the cracks in April but each are legitimate pro-prospects to watch this year.

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