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NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah said that he's seen FSU redshirt sophomore Jameis Winston "start the right side and work 1,2,3 all the way across the field, and that’s not something you see a lot in college football anymore."

Here, here. "Obviously he’s got great size. He’s got good pocket mobility. He knows how to slide and move around within the pocket," Jeremiah said. "[Marcus] Mariota, when he gets pressure, he’s gonna take off and run, or he’s gonna bail out of the pocket, and try to make a play from outside the pocket. Winston is very, very savvy and comfortable to be able to maneuver inside the pocket, keep his eyes downfield to make throws. He’s got plenty of arm strength. The long delivery is a bit of a concern, but I think he has shortened it up a little bit this year. A lot of his interceptions are linebackers buzzing underneath routes, so he sometimes struggled to see that stuff." New York Post writer Steve Serby predicts Winston will ultimately land with the Bucs or Titans. Jeremiah's veteran colleague Gil Brandt lists one destination that might be a bad idea for a prospect who has found himself in trouble often off the field: "I’m not sure that going to the great city
Dec 21 - 6:14 PM

Three NFL scouts speaking with Bleacher Report confirmed that FSU redshirt sophomore K Roberto Aguayo would be a top-100 pick if he declares early.

"I'd give him a Round 3 grade," one said. "Kickers like that don't come around often." At this point, it seems likely that Aguayo wouldn't have to wait until Day 3 to hear his name called if he decided to opt into the draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote earlier this month that Aguayo has "a legit shot to be taken before the end of Day 2 of the draft" if he enters early.
Dec 21 - 5:10 PM

FSU redshirt sophomore Jameis Winston's attorney, David Cornwell, tweeted the QB has been cleared of charges in his conduct hearing.

"In sum, the preponderance of the evidence has not shown that you are responsible for ANY of the charged violations of the Code," the tweet read. Winston's hearing took place a few weeks ago with the conclusion expected to be announced around this time, so the timeline checks out. FSU will play Oregon on Jan. 1 in the first round of the CFB Playoff, and everything points to Jameis starting that game.
Dec 21 - 4:50 PM

FSU HC Jimbo Fisher said he won't be surprised by whatever decision redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston makes about his future.

"Jameis loves college football, but I think he's going to be one of the top two players drafted," Fisher said. "He's got to make a choice. He's got to see what he wants to do. But it would not shock me either way." The coach went on to say that he doesn't yet know what Winston will do. "We'll have the discussion here pretty soon," he said. Winston is a projected top five pick and is expected to declare for the draft after the conclusion of the season.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 20 - 11:24 PM

Jets QB Michael Vick called FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "the future of the NFL."

An interesting take indeed from a player who himself was once called the future of the NFL. "I think he's a great player," Vick said. "I look forward to watching him. I have high expectations for him. I think he, over time, has made some poor decisions. Have I been there to know exactly what happened? No. But I do know one thing: He may make some poor decisions, but he gets on that football field and he plays his ass off. Yeah, he can mature. He'll mature. I see him maturing as time goes on. Like, this year hasn't been as bad of a year as the first year was for Jameis. I think the kid will continue to improve. I think he's the future of the NFL." Winston is a projected top-five pick, and a possible target of Vick's Jets.
Source: NJ.com
Dec 20 - 5:26 PM

Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl wrote that FSU freshman RB Dalvin Cook's "emergence in the second half of the season played a huge role in the Seminoles' berth in the inaugural College Football Playoff."

"Cook is a quick and instinctive runner who runs with great tempo and has the ability to string together multiple cuts to get in and out of traffic and make defenders miss in the hole," they wrote. "He also flashes exceptional burst to run away from defenders, and brings versatility as a receiver." Karlos Williams was a huge disappointment this season, but his struggles at the very least opened the door for the Seminoles' next intriguing running back talent. Cook has the look of a future pro.
Dec 19 - 10:00 PM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston went No. 2 to the Titans in Todd McShay's inaugural 2015 mock draft.

"Winston has all the tools to be great on the field as an NFL quarterback," McShay wrote. "He excels from inside the pocket, has prototypical size, can drive the ball downfield and to the outside hashes, and displays very good game-management skills and on-field leadership. But his off-field behavior to this point frightens me. The Titans and any team that considers drafting him are going to have to be comfortable with what they find when they look into his past, and with his psychological testing." While some wouldn't touch Winston -- former NFL executive Greg Gabriel recently said he would not draft him in any round -- his upside is such that a team in the top 10 (or five) will no doubt talk itself into him. Because of this reason, McShay said it's "hard to envision either [Winston or Marcus Mariota] getting out of the top 10."
Dec 19 - 8:20 PM

The number of non-seniors requesting evaluations from the NFL Draft Advisory Board dropped from 214 in 2013 to 147 this year.

As the Senior Bowl's Patrick Woo points out, each team is now limited to five names who can request grades, which likely factors in to the large drop in numbers. Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin was told by one source that the record for non-seniors declaring for the draft (107) might be broken this year, something the new advisory board grading system was hoping to prevent. The new figures make that seem unlikely. Of the 107 who declared last year, 45 went undrafted.
Dec 19 - 10:39 AM

Florida State sophomore CB Jalen Ramsey possesses "twitched-up movement skills and the versatility to line up anywhere in the secondary," writes Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

"He has the range to handle middle-of-the-field responsibilities, and the movement skills to hold up in man coverage," the duo noted. "Ramsey has filled the role Lamarcus Joyner held in 2013, working as a nickelback from the slot where his elite playmaking instincts have allowed him to come up with several game-changing plays in coverage, as a blitzer and in run support." Scout Inc. ranks Ramsey as the nation's No. 6 non-draft eligible prospect. The 6-foot-1, 204-pounder has a 25-foot outdoor long jump and his indoor jump of 7.59m ranked No. 2 nationally amongst NCAA Division I football players.
Dec 18 - 3:57 PM

Returning to Florida State might show the NFL that redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston is maturing, notes NFL.com's Charles Davis.

"His process, if he comes out after this year, is going to be very tough," the analyst wrote. "The vetting process NFL teams go through on Winston's background will be intense given the off-field concerns. That process might still be tough for Winston even if he waits another year before declaring for the draft, but a year in school without off-the-field incidents would send a strong signal that he's maturing. If he enters the league before he's ready from a maturity standpoint, it could really cut down the length of his professional career." While this may be true, there's no way Winston is returning. Unless he suffers a major injury during the CFB Playoff or gets in another big off-the-field incident, Winston is expected to be a top-five pick in the spring.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 18 - 1:17 PM

FSU junior DT Eddie Goldman is "leaning heavily" toward entering the 2015 NFL draft, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The website's Rand Getlin passes along that Goldman's parents have been holding meetings with potential agents. Goldman has collected 35 tackles this season, including eight for a loss. He leads Florida State with four sacks. Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes the projected first-rounder "has some similar traits" to Michael Brockers.
Dec 17 - 8:18 PM

FSU senior C Cameron Erving debuted on Mel Kiper's center rankings at No. 1.

Reese Dismukes and Hroniss Grasu, presumably, are shaking their heads forlornly somewhere right now. Erving's upside is higher than both long-time position-ranking stalwarts, so we're with Kiper on this one. "The coaching staff had actually worked with him there in the spring, and he was outstanding when they pulled the trigger on the move during the season," the analyst wrote. Kiper wrote last week that Erving will "go in Round 2 and stick at center, but he offers the versatility to play anywhere on the line."
Dec 17 - 5:48 PM

Citing a source, Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin says the number of non-seniors who declare for the 2015 draft could "dwarf" last year's record number of 107.

"The most cited reason for underclassmen jumping to the NFL? They're sick of playing without market-based compensation," Getlin tweeted. The NFL altered their Draft Advisory Board grading system in the hopes of preventing such an event, but it might not change a thing. Of the 107 prospects who declared last year despite having eligibility remaining, 45 went undrafted.
Dec 17 - 9:25 AM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary has accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-3, 244-pound FSU prospect has hauled in 47 catches for 614 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. O'Leary won the John Mackey Award in 2014, and was a semifinalist in 2013 after catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns. The FSU prospect is tied for seventh among tight ends in touchdowns, and is 10th and 11th in yards per game and receptions per game, respectively. Mel Kiper's No. 1 senior tight end is also the grandson of golf legend Jack Nichlaus.
Dec 15 - 3:08 PM

Former NFL executive Greg Gabriel says he would not draft FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston in any round.

"As good as he is on the field, he is extremely immature off, and there is not a doubt in my mind that his off-field issues have brought about the regression in his play this year," Gabriel writes. The former Bears director of college scouting also writes Winston has "excellent overall strength and athleticism" and projects the quarterback to run in 4.6's. "His overall athleticism is similar to Cam Newton’s but he is just not quite as fast as Newton was coming out," Gabriel adds. If that is true, it would be both surprising and beneficial to Winston's evaluation.
Dec 12 - 11:14 AM


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