I talked with a friend today who is an ACC ref, and he and I always talk about ACC talent when we do talk. For many reasons, the conversation seemed to gravitate around Shawne Merriman. Things that he said: He was a handful for any ACC team this year. He is a beast. Has great lateral agility Very fast Big for an OLB, thinks he can make the adjustment to DE Big timer hitter. Mean and aggressive. But not over the top. Didn't think he was a dirty player. Can go side-line to side-line Can cover. He watched both Pollack and Erasmus James during their Bowl Games, and he is convineced Merriman is better. He is very athelictic. Gifted player & top athelete He is a true stud. He went on to say that he is not shocked that Merriman is getting all this attention. He is as good a player as he has seen.