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ACC prospects with most on the line in bowl games

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The first bowl is Saturday, and to get you prepared for what seemingly will be a never-ending onslaught of games -- there are a record 38 bowls this season -- CFB 24/7 is taking an in-depth look at some of the top prospects in the postseason.


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Today, we'll look at the 10 ACC prospects with the most on the line in the postseason. There already has been a national look, but we'll include underclassmen in our conference-by-conference breakdowns.

1. Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson

Bowl game: Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Oklahoma, Dec. 29.
The skinny: Beasley, a senior, has some of the best pass-rush skills of anyone in the draft, though his lack of size -- he is listed at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds -- probably means he'll move to outside linebacker at the next level. Oklahoma has two draftable tackles in seniors Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams. That means there could be some epic matchups for Beasley as well as some potential money on the line for all three players. How well Beasley plays against OU's power running game will be a storyline to follow.

2. Cameron Erving, C, Florida State

Bowl game: Rose Bowl vs. Oregon, Jan. 1.
The skinny: Erving (6-6, 308), a senior, went into the season as one of the nation's top tackles; he heads into the postseason as perhaps the most-scrutinized center in the nation; he moved to the position in mid-November. There is no clear-cut No. 1 center in the 2015 draft, and Erving's work against an athletic Oregon defense will be closely watched by scouts. His versatility looks to be a big selling point, and a big game at center against the aggressive Ducks will further drive that point home.

3. DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

Bowl game: Belk Bowl vs. Georgia, Dec. 30.
The skinny: Parker (6-3, 202), a senior, has played in five games after recovering from a broken foot, and he has put up huge numbers (35 receptions, 735 yards, five TDs) in those outings. He is a big, fast and athletic receiver, and a big game against Georgia, which is second nationally in pass defense, potentially could help him on most draft boards. Is he the best senior receiver in the nation? He can make that case in the bowl game.

4. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

Bowl game: Rose Bowl vs. Oregon, Jan. 1.
The skinny: For the most part, Winston (6-4, 235) has raised his game when he has needed to this season, and you have to figure he will be ready to go against Marcus Mariota in a matchup of the past two Heisman winners. The off-field issues for Winston, a third-year sophomore, have been well-documented. His play on the field rarely has drawn criticism, and the Mariota vs. Winston matchup -- though they obviously won't be on the field at the same time -- might be the most eagerly anticipated this postseason.

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5. Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Bowl game: Music City Bowl vs. LSU, Dec. 30.
The skinny: As with Winston, Stanley (6-5, 315) is a third-year sophomore. He is a first-year starter for the Irish and appears to have a huge upside. There are some consistency issues, and he needs some technique work, but he has the potential to be a big-timer. His one-on-one matchups with LSU junior DE Danielle Hunter, also a candidate to turn pro, will be closely watched by scouts. Hunter is known for his speed and quickness; how will Stanley hold up?

6. P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State

Bowl game: Rose Bowl vs. Oregon, Jan. 1.
The skinny: Williams (6-0, 196), a junior, has the size and speed to be a shutdown corner; Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu also will be on view in this game, so scouts will be able to check out the two up close and personal. Williams is a physical corner, and his work against the run will be closely viewed against the Ducks. His instincts also are going to be tested.

7. Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

Bowl game: Rose Bowl vs. Oregon, Jan. 1.
The skinny: Big and active defensive tackles are worth their weight in gold at any level, and Goldman (6-4, 320) has size and athleticism to burn. Oregon's read-option is run at a fast pace, and Goldman's fitness is going to be tested. There is no question FSU's defensive line is better when he is on the field, and how he handles Oregon's double-team blocks -- those double-teams are coming; trust us -- will play a huge role in how well the Seminoles can stymie the run.


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8. T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh

Bowl game: Armed Forces Bowl vs. Houston, Jan. 2.
The skinny: Clemmings (6-6, 315) has played just two seasons at tackle after moving over from the defensive line, and while he remains a bit raw, his upside is high and he has shot up numerous draft boards. He plays with aggressiveness and good balance, and for a guy who has played just two seasons at tackle, he is extremely proficient as a run blocker. Clemmings, who plays on the right side for Pitt, will be going against a fast and aggressive, albeit undersized, Houston defense in the bowl. He should be able to dominate. If he doesn't, it will raise questions.

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9. Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami

Bowl game: Independence Bowl vs. South Carolina, Dec. 27.
The skinny: Perryman (5-11, 242) might be the most talented inside linebacker in the nation. Unfortunately, his height is an issue for some scouts. This will be a chance for Perryman, a senior who is in his fourth season as a starter, to again show off his physical nature and sideline-to-sideline ability against a big and physical offensive line. Junior TBs Mike Davis (South Carolina) and Duke Johnson (Miami) also will be closely watched, as it seems likely this will be the final college game for each.

10. Andy Gallik, C, Boston College

Bowl game: Pinstripe Bowl vs. Penn State, Dec. 27.
The skinny: There is no clear-cut No. 1 center this year, and while he isn't likely to be the first center off the board, Gallik (6-3, 304) is technically sound and a tenacious run blocker. He will be going against a top-notch defensive front, particularly star Penn State DT Anthony Zettel, in the postseason. Winning most of his one-on-one battles with Zettel and the Nittany Lions' other interior linemen would be impressive.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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