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Lamarcus Joyner | Safety

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 195

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Rams selected Florida State CB Lamarcus Joyner with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
The Rams give up a second- and fifth-rounder in this draft to move up three spots and address a major need area. Joyner (5-foot-7 3/4, 184) was a consensus first-team All-American as a senior, posting seven tackles for loss, a team-high 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions. Joyner played safety his first three seasons for the Noles, but started at corner in 2013 and has lots of experience covering the slot. He ran 4.55 at the Combine with a 37 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. Although Joyner is a bit size and speed deficient, his overall athleticism is more than adequate and he is an excellent football player. He's best used in a Tyrann Mathieu role. Look for Joyner to start ahead of Rodney McLeod at free safety right out of the gate. Fri, May 9, 2014 07:55:00 PM

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Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner could be viewed in the "Tyrann Mathieu mold" by drafting teams, NFL Films guru Greg Cosell said on the "Ross Tucker Podcast."

According to the venerable analyst, Joyner could be used as a rookie similarly to how Arizona employed the Honey Badger last season, playing in the slot in sub packages and safety in the base defense. "I would think Lamarcus Joyner will fit that kind of role in the NFL," Cosell said. Joyner (5-foot-8, 184 pounds) played both safety and cornerback for FSU and is talented enough to handle the hybrid duties Cosell suggests.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 06:58:00 PM

ESPN analyst Herm Edwards ranks Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner as his No. 5 CB.

Joyner checks in behind Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State), Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State), Bradley Roby (Ohio State) and Jason Verrett (TCU). Edwards writes that Joyner's size (5-foot-8, 184 pounds) is going to limit him to nickel back duties. "The bigger question is going to be: Can he hold up against the run?" Edwards wrote. "He's a very competitive CB with good vision and instincts but is better against quicker receivers than seam-stretching tight ends."
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 06:01:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Florida States' DB Lamarcus Joyner plays so much bigger than his size.

"Lamarcus Joyner will measure under 5-8 at the Combine but plays so much bigger. Overcomes size limitations. Explosive athlete. Instinctive," Brugler tweeted. The positive for Joyner, he plays bigger than he looks and brings a versatility to his skill set,as he played both safety and cornerback for FSU. Look for defensive coaches at the next level to utilize him in nickel packages.
Tue, Feb 18, 2014 01:56:00 PM

Former NFL scout Bryan Broaddus notes FSU S Lamarcus Joyner's height worries him.

A twitter follower then brought up Tyrann Mathieu to Broaddus, and the current Dallas Cowboys' writer called the Cardinals' defensive back "rare." We think Joyner might be asked to play a similar role, as a cornerback/safety hybrid who can thrive early in nickel situations.
Thu, Feb 6, 2014 09:22:00 AM's Daniel Jeremiah believes Florida State senior DB Lamarcus Joyner is at his best when sliding inside in nickel situations.

"He has the fluidity and quickness to mirror slot receivers, and he is an explosive blitzer coming off the edge. As a zone defender, he is very quick to read patterns and jump throwing lanes for picks and pass breakups," Jeremiah writes. "I love his nastiness as a run defender." This is where Joyner wins, and even though he will get knocked for his size, the senior should find a role in the NFL early in his career.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 04:56:00 PM

One NFL scout called Florida State senior DB Lamarcus Joyner "legit."

"He's fast and twitchy and instinctive. He's so much fun to watch," the scout added. This is great news, since some evaluators might drop Joyner due to his lack of ideal measurables. If they like his tape, Joyner could wind up as a top-32 selection. He fits as a versatile defensive weapon.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 04:07:00 PM's Bucky Brooks believes FSU senior DB Lamarcus Joyner is a "borderline second- or third-round pick."

"While his size will lead some teams to shy away from adding Joyner to the lineup, his productivity and versatility as a defender will lead a savvy coordinator to tap into his skills as a potential defensive specialist in the mold of Tyrann Mathieu, Antoine Winfield or Troy Polamalu," Brooks writes. We think Joyner will shine in a nickel package in the NFL, would should be considered a starting role.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 12:54:00 PM

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher called senior CB Lamarcus Joyner "short; he's not little. There's a difference."

We love that Fisher is separating the two, since many take short for small. Joyner has moved to cornerback this season from his safety spot, and we are certain he will make a name for himself in nickel packages at the next level. That is not a negative, since NFL teams line up in nickel more often than any other defensive package.
Source: Nole Sports
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 10:53:00 AM

Florida State senior Lamarcus Joyner tallied nine tackles, including two sacks, in his debut at CB.

Joyner was able to get to the quarterback on nickel packages, hiding his blitz intentions to open up free lanes. This is a good sign for his pro potential, since it is the package Joyner will have to thrive in. He's a smaller built safety/corner hybrid, but Joyner plays much bigger than his listed height.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 03:05:00 PM

Florida State senior DB Lamarcus Joyner will continue to practice at CB leading up to the 2013 season.

"It gives me a better shot at going to the next level," he said. "Hey, I would've been an undersized safety." Joyner's biggest knock is height, but we think he plays much bigger than the listed 5'8/187 pounds. His versatility could land him an immediate role in nickel situations in the NFL.
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 09:19:00 AM

Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner ranks as writer Gil Brandt's top senior S.

LSU's Craig Loston, FSU's Terrence Brooks, Ohio State's Christian Bryant, Mississippi State's Nickoe Whitley, and Michigan State's Isaiah Lewis round out the top six. Joyner will face criticism due to his lack of ideal height, but the Seminole is a versatile and physical defensive weapon.
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 04:08:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench believes Florida State senior Lamarcus Joyner isn't an ideal fit at S or CB.

Joyner has started 27 consecutive games at safety, so evaluators will have an easier time with that projection rather than as an edge cover man. Muench notes that Joyner's "effort, range and smarts stand out on film."
Thu, May 30, 2013 10:59:00 AM

Florida State junior DB Lamarcus Joyner will return for his senior season.

Although undersized, Joyner plays much bigger as a safety for FSU. Expect him to be one of the higher profile players at the position to start the 2013 season.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 05:36:00 PM