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By Jim Johnson
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Ranking the best 100 players in the Atlantic Coast Conference based only on their play throughout the 2017-18 season.

For the past two years, I've ranked the top 100 players from each of Southern Pigskin's three FBS conferences -- the ACC, SEC, and Sun Belt -- prior to the season. However, now, for the first time, I've decided to do them after the season, as well.

Unlike the preseason version, which I described as the order you would see if all the players were sorted by a 'Madden' rating, neither overall talent nor past production carries any weight. The only thing that impacted the ranking was how well each player performed during this past season. As such, whereas the preseason rankings used to be partly based on past performance, going forward they will be nearly entirely a projection.

One new wrinkle that had to be addressed with this, that wasn't a problem with the preseason ones, was injuries or just missed time in general. Jaire Alexander, for example, in my opinion the best cornerback in the country when healthy, played less than half of his team's games. For most, that would well warrant not being included in the list, and yet his impact was so felt when he played, it would be unjust to leave him off. Thusly, his ranking is nearly an exaltation as opposed to a slight. That's to say, injuries were a player by player call with no two situations being identical. 

In any case, here are the 100 best ACC players from the 2017-18 campaign, based solely on their performance over that stretch: (the list will be updated 20 at a time over the course of this week)

100.

Andre Levrone, WR, Virginia

99.

AJ Gray, S, Georgia Tech

98.

Jonathan Greenard, LB, Louisville

97.

Navaughn Donaldson, OG, Miami

96.

BJ Hill, DT, NC State

95.

Eric Gallo, C, Virginia Tech

94.

Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Louisville

93.

Juan Thornhill, CB, Virginia

92.

Auden Tate, WR, Florida State

91.

Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest

90.

Jeremy McDuffie, S, Duke

89.

Mike Ramsay, DT, Duke

88.

Phil Haynes, OG, Wake Forest

87.

Chris Lindstrom, OT, Boston College

86.

Olamide Zaccheaus, WR, Virginia

85.

Trent Harris, DE, Miami

84.

Taylor Hearn, OG, Clemson

83.

Ty Schwab, LB, Boston College

82.

Ervin Phillips, WR, Syracuse

81.

Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

80.

Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse

79.

Kamrin Moore, CB, Boston College

78.

Justin Herron, OT, Wake Forest

77.

Evan Adams, OG, Syracuse

76.

Jaboree Williams, LB, Wake Forest

75.

Parris Bennett, LB, Syracuse

74.

Anthony Ratliff-Williams, AP, North Carolina

73.

Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech

72.

Malek Young, CB, Miami

71.

Kirvonte Benson, RB, Georgia Tech

70.

Jordan Whitehead, S, Pittsburgh

69.

Kendall Joseph, LB, Clemson

68.

Travis Homer, RB, Miami

67.

Alec Eberle, C, Florida State

66.

Braxton Berrios, WR, Miami

65.

Christopher Herndon, TE, Miami

64.

Levonta Taylor, CB, Florida State

63.

Justin Falcinelli, C, Clemson

62.

Terrone Prescod, OG, NC State

61.

Kelly Bryant, QB, Clemson

60.

Parker Braun, OG, Georgia Tech

59.

Jakobi Meyers, WR, NC State

58.

Deon Cain, WR, Clemson

57.

Greg Dortch, WR, Wake Forest

56.

Jacques Patrick, RB, Florida State

55.

Josh Jackson, QB, Virginia Tech

54.

Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami

53.

Stacy Thomas, LB, Louisville

52.

Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State

51.

Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh

50.

Jaylen Smith, WR, Louisville

49.

Geron Christian, OT, Louisville

48.

Tommy Sweeney, TE, Boston College

47.

Austin Davis, C, Duke

46.

Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

45.

Michael Jackson, CB, Miami

44.

Ricky Walker, DT, Virginia Tech

43.

Avonte Maddox, CB, Pittsburgh

42.

Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson

41.

Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

40.

Essang Bassey, CB, Wake Forest

39.

Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

38.

Harold Landry, DE, Boston College

37.

KC McDermott, OT, Miami

36.

MJ Stewart, CB, North Carolina

35.

Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

34.

RJ McIntosh, DT, Miami

33.

AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College

32.

Ryan Anderson, C, Wake Forest

31.

Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami

30.

Ryan Finley, QB, NC State

29.

Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech

28.

Mark Gilbert, CB, Duke

27.

Andrew Motuapuaka, LB, Virginia Tech

26.

John Wolford, QB, Wake Forest

25.

Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

24.

Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State

23.

Tony Adams, OG, NC State

22.

Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest

21.

Cam Serigne, TE, Wake Forest

20.

Steve Ishmael, WR, Syracuse

19.

Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson

18.

Greg Stroman, CB, Virginia Tech

17.

Quin Blanding, S, Virginia

16.

Tyrone Crowder, OG, Clemson

15.

Cam Phillips, WR, Virginia Tech

14.

Lukas Denis, S, Boston College

13.

Jaylen Samuels, AP, NC State

12.

Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia

11.

Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

10.

Will Richardson, OT, NC State

9.

Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson

8.

Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

7.

Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Clemson

6.

Wyatt Teller, OG, Virginia Tech

5.

Derwin James, S, Florida State

4.

Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke

3.

Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

2.

Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

1.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: jim@espncoastal.com Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP