2024 ACC OT Rankings: FSU’s Darius Washington Returns as the Best Lineman in the Conference

    Duke's Graham Barton may be gone, but the 2024 ACC OT Rankings are beefier than ever, thanks to the additions of Cal, Stanford, and SMU.

    As the 2024 college football season approaches, the ACC is set to showcase some of the best offensive tackles in the nation. From seasoned veterans to rising stars, here are the linemen poised to dominate the trenches this year in the 2024 ACC OT Rankings.

    ACC 2024 OT Rankings

    10) Da’Metrius Weatherspoon, Syracuse Orange

    Did somebody order raw beef? At 6’7″ and 335 pounds, Da’Metrius Weatherspoon is a massive human. He plays to his size in the ground game, moving opponents at will. Getting depth on his pass sets isn’t an issue either, and his length suffocates smaller defenders. With an HBCU All-American nod on his résumé, Weatherspoon is gunning for All-ACC honors in 2024.

    9) Jalen Rivers, Miami Hurricanes

    Last year was Jalen Rivers’ first starting at tackle, as he spent 2021 and 2022 at left guard. Impressively, it was arguably his best season thus far, as he created rushing lanes with ease and was rarely penalized. Quicker edge rushers can give him issues due to his foot speed and length, but Rivers is patient and has a powerful lower half to anchor against bull rushes.

    8) DeVonte Gordon, Wake Forest Demon Deacons

    Returning for his fourth season as a starting tackle for the Demon Deacons, DeVonte Gordon could have saved his best for last. He’s improved in each of the last two seasons, even when splitting time at left and right tackle in 2023. With stability and health on his side in 2024, Gordon could play his way into the All-ACC team this season.

    7) Francis Mauigoa, Miami Hurricanes

    In 2023, Miami landed the top recruit in the ACC: five-star OT Francis Mauigoa. He started right out of the gate at right tackle, and although he took his lumps, he still earned All-ACC honorable mention recognition.

    On a loaded roster, Mauigoa will be tasked with keeping QB Cameron Ward clean and paving lanes for RB Damien Martinez. With a year’s worth of experience under his belt, neither should be an issue.

    6) Monroe Mills, Louisville Cardinals

    Oklahoma State had Monroe Mills sit on their bench for two years, only for him to become one of the best OTs in the Big 12 while at Texas Tech. Now, Mills is spending his fifth and final collegiate season with the Cardinals and is slated to protect fellow Red Raider transfer Tyler Shough’s blindside.

    His 6’7″ and 315-pound frame generates displacement in the ground game and quickly gains depth in pass pro to deal with smaller/faster EDGEs.

    5) Anthony Belton, North Carolina State Wolfpack

    There’s a lot to like with Anthony Belton. Despite checking in at 6’6″ and 336 pounds, he’s an easy, explosive mover who stays low in his stance and overwhelms defenders in a phone booth.

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    Following in the footsteps of fellow NC State linemen Ikem Ekwonu (2022), Chandler Zavala (2023), and Dylan McMahon (2024), Anthony Belton is one more dominant season away from hearing his name called in the NFL Draft.

    4) Brian Parker II, Duke Blue Devils

    Graham Barton rightfully received most of the attention along Duke’s offensive line, but don’t sleep on Brian Parker II. While he played both left and right tackle in 2023, honing in on one position (which appears to be RT) will do wonders for his consistency and technique in 2024.

    With his movement skills, hand usage, and footwork, Parker II will put his name on the national map.

    3) Blake Miller, Clemson Tigers

    Blake Miller has been one of the nastiest run blockers in the ACC since stepping foot on campus in 2022, when he earned freshman All-American honors. Then, he followed it up with third-team All-ACC recognition in 2023. Now, the pressure is on Miller to keep Cade Klubnik clean as the Tigers aim to bounce back after their first four-loss campaign since 2011.

    2) Ozzy Trapilo, Boston College Eagles

    Listed at 6’8″ and 313 pounds, Ozzy Trapilo obviously has the length to operate on the edges. He’s fresh off a second-team All-ACC campaign after allowing zero sacks in his first season at RT (started at LT in 2022).

    With Bill O’Brien bringing his offense to Massachusetts and QB Thomas Castellanos and RBs Kye Robichaux and Treshaun Ward in the backfield, expect fireworks in 2024.

    1) Darius Washington, Florida State Seminoles

    With 37 starts under his belt, Darius Washington is a seasoned veteran — and not just at left tackle. He’s taken meaningful reps at RT in previous years and even kicked inside to center in three games in 2023.

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    Florida State’s offense will look drastically different this season, as several offensive starters, including QB1, RB1, TE1, WR1, and WR2, have left for the NFL. As a result, head coach Mike Norvell will lean on Washington’s experience and leadership in the locker room and on the field — it helps that he is also a stalwart in both phases as a blocker.

    2024 ACC OT Rankings | 11-20

    11) Justin Osborne, SMU
    12) Keagen Trost, Wake Forest
    13) Tristan Leigh, Clemson
    14) Jeremiah Byers, Florida State
    15) Jordan Williams and Ethan Mackenny, Georgia Tech
    16) Jonathan Mendoza, Louisville
    17) Branson Taylor, Pittsburgh
    18) Jacarrius Peak, North Carolina State
    19) T.J. Session and Victor Stoffel, Cal
    20) Parker Clements and Xavier Chaplin, Virginia Tech

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