2. Da’Quan Bowers
Da’Quan Bowers, a member of the class of 2008, was not just the No. 1 defensive end in the nation, but the No. 1 player in the country, as well.
Bowers’ first couple of years didn’t go as most would have wanted, but he continued to progress and played through an injury his sophomore year.
When it came to his junior season, though, Bowers lived up to the star rating.
He led the nation in sacks and was tied for most tackles for loss. Bowers was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was given the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
He was drafted in the second round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to medical issues and those- as well as a few other demons- persisted. In May of 2018, Bowers announced a retirement from football.