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Bucs head coach Lovie Smith confirmed FSU QB Jameis Winston is the heavy favorite to go No. 1 overall.

"No, I wouldn't say it's an erroneous assumption," Smith said when asked about the Bucs taking Winston over Oregon's Marcus Mariota first overall. "I would say when people make that assumption, we haven't had the pro workout [for Winston] yet. But we've done a lot of research, have watched a lot of video and had both of them in and talked with them individually and had them on the board. But the process, the game isn't over yet. I think you can have a leader, but you have to let the game play out and we're doing that." Though Smith said Mike Glennon is a capable NFL starter, he basically guaranteed Tampa will draft a quarterback, which was obvious enough already. "Odds are, we're going to go a certain direction. But we don't have to make this decision and you wait until you have to," Smith said. "We would feel very comfortable, though, picking one of the [quarterbacks]."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 27 - 1:35 AM

FSU CB Ronald Darby's "range and jumping ability will compensate for shortcomings as he improves," notes NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"Darby brings more to the game than his extraordinary speed," Cooney wrote. "He harnesses that speed to his natural athletic ability and a willingness to be physical." The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Darby has good size, athleticism and, of course, speed (Darby's 4.38 second forty at the combine was third fastest amongst defensive backs and he ran a 21.05-second 200-meter dash in high school). Some have questioned his toughness, but we see a decent tackler who isn't afraid to get dirty.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 27 - 1:21 AM

FSU C Cameron Erving should be considered when the Eagles get on the clock at No. 20, ESPN's Kevin Weidl believes.

Between injuries and suspensions, Philadelphia's offensive line was a mess last season. Left tackle Jason Peters was the only OL to play in all 16 games. "Some might feel as though this is early for Erving, or that he isn't a great fit for Philly because his best position is at center and the Eagles already have one of the league's best in Jason Kelce," Weidl wrote. "However, Erving is one of the most versatile offensive linemen in the class and has the size (6-foot-5, 314 pounds), agility, intelligence and enough inline power to line up at guard in the Eagles' zone-blocking scheme. While he isn't as efficient outside at tackle, he has the length and experience to hold up in a pinch -- particularly in Kelly's system." ESPN Stats & Information's Sharon Katz noted that Florida State doubled its yards-before-contact rush average on interior runs in the final five games after shifting Erving inside.
Mar 25 - 7:56 PM

FSU CB P.J. Williams "plays with a feisty flair, talks the talk then backs it up," according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

The 6-foot, 196-pound Williams has a nice combination of speed, fluidity and physicality to his game. The Florida State prospect shows the toughness needed to be be a force in run support, but could be a liability in the pass game with his aggressive style of play. Cooney notes that, Williams "can be an outstanding coverage corner if he keeps his hands to himself downfield in the flag-happy NFL."
Source: CBS sports
Mar 25 - 4:34 PM

FSU CB P.J. Williams will visit the Ravens prior to the draft, according to Aaron Wilson.

The Ravens selected two prospects out of FSU last year, Timmy Jernigan and Terrence Brooks. Williams fits a need at cornerback and already trusts his technique to win against his opposition. Williams likely fits in the third to fourth-round range.
Mar 25 - 1:08 PM

Limiting the evaluation between FSU's Jameis Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota to on-field play, ESPN's Todd McShay sees "a clear advantage for Winston in terms of his projection to the pro level."

The players only have perceived similar value, the analyst noted, because of Winston's off-field problems. On the field, though, there's no question in McShay's mind who is better. But that's not because Mariota is a subpar prospect -- McShay ranks him as the No. 5 overall player -- but rather because Winston is elite. Mariota must work on his accuracy because he "misses too many throws that require him to quickly reset his feet, and when he doesn't have his footwork buttoned up and doesn't properly transfer his weight from back to front, it can have a negative effect on his accuracy," McShay wrote. As for Winston, McShay grades him behind only Andrew Luck amongst QB prospects in the past 10 years, and on the same level as Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan as prospects. "If you limit it to the tape, Winston is the clear choice over Mariota," he wrote. McShay's in-depth article, available below, comes equipped with a series of fancy GIFs illustrating his points.
Mar 25 - 2:15 AM

Jets HC Todd Bowles confirmed his team has booked a private workout with FSU QB Jameis Winston.

Bowles will be joined in evaluating the presumed No. 1 overall pick by Jets GM Mike Maccagnan, OC Gailey and QB coach David Lee. The only chance the Jets have of acquiring Winston is by -- excuse us, reader, we can't resist -- Bowles-ing the Bucs over with an offer they can't refuse. Doesn't hurt to develop a relationship with a potential perennial Pro Bowl QB, though. Rotoworld NFL czar Evan Norris and draft guru Josh Norris discussed the Jets draft needs in a column published on the site Tuesday. Silva lists QB as the team's No. 1 need, but Norris projects Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. at the No. 6 pick, with Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota already off the board.
Mar 25 - 12:25 AM

The Broncos, Chiefs and Seahawks were each awarded four compensatory picks in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Kansas City joined Cincinnati and New England as the three teams handed an extra third-rounder. The Patriots were given the first compensatory pick -- No. 97 overall -- while the Bengals also netted an additional fourth-rounder. Of additional note, the Ravens picked up an extra fourth-rounder and two fifth-round selections. As you know, comp picks, which cannot be traded, are dispersed based on the NFL's assessment of 2014 free-agent losses against free-agent gains. For example, Cincinnati's extra picks come courtesy of watching RE Michael Johnson and OT Anthony Collins bolt last offseason. The sum of those transactions obviously worked out heavily in Cincy's favor.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 23 - 10:56 PM

ESPN analyst and former NFL personnel man Louis Riddick expressed his frustrations with FSU CB Ronald Darby's tape.

"Nothing more frustrating than watching DBs with exceptional speed and recovery play the game as if they don't trust their own ability," Riddick tweeted. We all know Darby has ridiculous make up speed thanks to his track background, but in a perfect world you hope he never has to use it. That is the issue with Darby, too often he allows separation due to wasted footwork or not trusting his ability. Utilizing recovery speed is theoretically more practical and useful in college than the NFL.
Mar 23 - 2:24 PM

FSU CB Ronald Darby visited the Panthers on March 10, according to Matt Miller.

Darbys produced an outstanding Combine, but some likely expected it due to his track background. There have been critics of Darby's tape, saying he freelances or loses his technique and deploys that athleticism to recover. We doubt Darby makes it out of the second round, and a first round selection is definitely possible.
Mar 22 - 10:38 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Florida State G Tre' Jackson to Justin Blalock.

"Jackson entered the 2014 season as one of the top-rated guard prospects, but failed to distinguish himself," Zierlein wrote. "Has the talent to be a dependable, quality NFL starter, but he needs to work on weight and conditioning in order to improve his feet and reach his potential." Jackson hasn't helped his own cause this winter. He posted a weak 40 time (5.52 seconds) at the combine and his arms measured 32 5/8 inches, an inch shorter than ideal. "Honestly, I liked him much better [in 2013]. I definitely had him ahead of (teammate Josue) Matias) coming into the season, but not anymore," said an NFC Director of Scouting.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 22 - 12:45 AM

FSU CB P.J. Williams "has some limitations athletically but is able to mask them with excellent technique and a natural feel for the position," writes Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

"[Williams] has the flexibility to hold up in zone or in press-man technique," Weidl wrote. If the Patriots bypass cornerback help in Round 1, the 6-foot, 196-pound Williams may appeal to them in Round 2, notes the analyst. "[Williams] has the intelligence, instincts and awareness that New England covets on defense, and he's physical in run support," Weidl wrote.
Mar 20 - 9:52 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein observes that Florida State TE Nick O'Leary "has the competitive spirit and toughness that teams look for in a dual-threat tight end, but he lacks the physical traits."

"Based on how Florida State used him, he is an easy projection to an H-back spot where he should be an effective move-blocker and pass-catcher," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-3, 244-pound FSU prospect compares to James Casey, according to the analyst. O'Leary's 4.93 combine time in the forty was "disappointing," NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said. Colleague Daniel Jeremiah believes O'Leary is a fourth- or fifth-round value.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 20 - 7:43 PM

The Titans have scheduled a private workout with FSU QB Jameis Winston as well as an in-house visit, according to Albert Breer.

Tennessee put Marcus Mariota through a private workout immediately after his pro day and the Oregon quarterback will visit the team soon. We believe the Titans must upgrade their quarterback and invest in one of these two passers, the question is if Ken Whisenhunt and company believe the same. Do not expect any closure to the situation until the week of the draft.
Mar 20 - 10:03 AM

FSU CB P.J. Williams had a pre-draft visit with the Detroit Lions on Thursday, according to Mlive.com's Justin Rogers.

The Florida State corner, was a two-year starter for the Seminoles, taking home first-team All-ACC honors in 2014. The 6-foot, 196-pound Williams, has the ability to play press and off-man zone, and should be a late first or early second-round selection in this year's draft.
Source: Mlive.com
Mar 19 - 4:22 PM


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