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Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary "lacks ideal size and has just average top-end speed, so he may never be a huge vertical threat in the NFL," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay grades O'Leary (6-foot-3, 235 pounds) as the No. 3 TE prospect, behind consensus top prospect Devin Funchess and No. 2 Jeff Heuerman of Ohio State. "O'Leary is a very competitive player who does a good job as both a blocker and a receiver," McShay wrote. "He is a natural pass-catcher who can snatch the ball away from his frame and shows good body control on 50-50 balls. He is quick off the line, has good route running skills and is effective running after the catch." O'Leary, who missed spring practices after a second motorcycle accident resulted in a severe ankle injury, was a John Mackey Award semifinalist last year after catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns.
Aug 26 - 5:40 PM

NFL.com revealed that Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston was voted as college football's best players by its draft analysts.

Winston won the Heisman Trophy by setting NCAA freshman records with 40 touchdown throws and 4,057 passing yards last season. "He has excellent arm strength and sneaky athleticism," Daniel Jeremiah said. Winston received four first-place, two second-place, and a sixth-place vote from the site's panel of seven judges. "He has only scratched the surface of his immense potential. Winston could be the first back-to-back Heisman winner since Archie Griffin," Bucky Brooks said. Added legendary evaluator Gil Brandt: "Rare athletic ability, very good decision-maker."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 26 - 3:58 PM

FSU freshman edge rusher Jacob Pugh is already listed on the two-deep depth chart behind redshirt sophomore Chris Casher.

Jimbo "Fisher and defensive coordinator Charles Kelly really like his size and athleticism, and think he can contribute as a pass rusher," according to beat writer Brendan Sonnone. The Noles lost a good bit of talent along their front seven, so Pugh could see time early on.
Aug 26 - 10:57 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranks Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston as the No. 5 overall prospect for the 2015 draft.

Rang lists Winston behind QB Marcus Mariota, OT Cedric Ogbuehi, DL Leonard Williams and DE Randy Gregory. "Boasting the build, touch and on-field composure of an NFL pro already, Winston looks every bit the part of a top five selection," Rang wrote. "He doesn't come without questions, however, including well-documented off-field issues, as well as a slower-than-ideal release and questions from some scouts as to how much he's aided by the spectacular supporting cast around him." Bovada lists Winston as the favorite to repeat as Heisman Trophy winner.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 9:44 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay gives Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston a 94 grade, one point behind No. 1 overall prospect Marcus Mariota.

The competition between Mariota and Winston for the No. 1 pick in the spring (assuming both leave school early) will be fascinating to watch. Mariota enters the season as the slight favorite, mostly due to Winston's off-field transgressions. "[Winston] has a prototypical frame for the position and excellent arm strength, with the ability to drive the ball downfield and deliver the deep outs with very good velocity," McShay wrote. "His accuracy is inconsistent, as he misses within the strike zone too much on short-to-intermediate passes and sails some deep balls, but he has the potential to get better with improved mechanics. His decision-making is a bit inconsistent as well, but he shows good anticipation and the ability to beat blitzes and handle pressure. He has good pocket mobility and can make defenders miss and break a few tackles, although he doesn't project as a big-time NFL running threat."
Aug 23 - 11:35 PM

Florida State HC Jimbo Fisher said senior Christian Green will likely start at WR opposite Rashad Greene.

Fisher also "made it clear he sees viable options in the underclassmen," according to ESPN's Jared Shanker. The beat writer adds sophomores Levonte Whitfield and Jesus Wilson are the most likely slot options, however, the latter still has work to do to get out of the doghouse. We think Greene works best from the slot, but his reps there might diminish during his final season. Expect him to rotate into the slot regardless.
Source: ESPN
Aug 21 - 12:35 PM

FSU junior DL Mario Edwards Jr. went No. 7 overall to the Redskins in Dane Brugler's mock draft at CBS Sports.

At this ridiculously premature juncture, Edwards is arguably the draft's most divisive prospect. Just how split are opinions on the Seminoles' prospect? Consider that TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded him as a UDFA earlier this summer, went back to the film after he was crushed for the opinion, and refused to change his grade upon further review. "I didn’t see a defensive lineman who was especially explosive or strong," Pauline wrote. "Maybe I’m wrong or I may have expected too much from Edwards but until further notice I’ll stick to my guns on this one."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19 - 1:09 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says he'll "stick to my guns" with regards to his UDFA grade on FSU junior DL Mario Edwards Jr.

"I’ve been called out by a number of people because of the free agent ranking I gave Mario Edwards Jr., so I went back and studied the notes," the expert wrote. "What it confirmed was someone who did not make a lot of plays on the ball (evidenced by his stats) or create opportunities for teammates. I didn’t see a defensive lineman who was especially explosive or strong. Maybe I’m wrong or I may have expected to much from Edwards but until further notice I’ll stick to my guns on this one." Edwards Jr. has certainly put in the work over the offseason to transcend Pauline's grade. He has reportedly bulked up to 300 pounds -- the staff told him to stop gaining weight -- and can squat 600 pounds, bench 400 pounds, and execute back flips.
Aug 18 - 12:17 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "fake grades" distributed over the summer greatly inflated Florida State RG Tre' Jackson's value.

"Several months ago I posted a message on twitter about fake grades making the rounds, primarily in the agent community," he wrote. "Tre’ Jackson was graded as the top senior prospect on that misguided list. Forget about the fact I grade him as a sixth rounder area scouts and will confirm Jackson ranks third on their list of Seminole seniors on the offensive line behind Cameron Erving and Josue Matias." What's interesting here is that credible sources back Jackson as a legitimate early-round draft candidate. NFL.com wrote in June that Jackson could be the first guard selected in the 2015 draft. CBS Sports' Derek Stephens opined last month that Jackson is "perhaps the top preseason NFL guard prospect in the country." It's clear that Jackson has plenty to gain -- or lose -- based on his play this fall.
Aug 17 - 9:02 PM

Florida State senior CB Nick Waisome "has fallen off the scouting radar after a poor 2013 campaign," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"The sixth round grade he was stamped with on our list is a reflection of his play the prior season based on what I think Waisome is capable of," Pauline wrote. "The question is how much playing time will Waisome receive this season with so much talent at the cornerback position on the FSU roster?" The 5-foot-10, 171-pound Waisome runs a 4.44 forty.
Aug 17 - 7:54 PM

Florida State was ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll.

The Seminoles received 57 of 60 first-place votes from the media. FSU is followed by No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Oklahoma, each of whom received one first-place vote. Rounding out the top six is Ohio State at No. 5 and Auburn at No. 6. Led by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, Florida State is looking to defend its national title.
Aug 17 - 7:37 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston is "an exciting quarterback prospect in the mold of Robert Griffin Jr.," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"There’s so much to like about his game on film," the expert wrote. "His physical skills, decision making and mental grasp of leading an offense is truly the stuff of top five selections. Winston is patient in the pocket, surveys the field and consistently turns away from covered targets. He’s a danger throwing the ball or running with it and the way he kept improving last season, his year first as a starter, was impressive. Yes he needs polish, especially with many of his shorter throws and then there’s the off the field issues. Is Winston just an immature kid who needs to grow up or are his transgressions the result of a personality order? That’s for NFL decision makers to investigate but I really hope its the former as he’s an exciting quarterback prospect in the mold of Robert Griffin Jr." Winston is Bovada's favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. Pauline sees the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder as the ACC's top prospect.
Aug 17 - 6:35 PM

Florida State sophomore WR Isaiah Jones has been ruled academically ineligible for the 2014 season.

Seminoles' head coach Jimbo Fisher confirmed the news Saturday, stating that Jones would remain at Florida State and practice with the squad throughout the season. It's a big loss for the Seminoles, who are trying to replace Kenny Shaw and Kelvin Benjamin. Jones, 6-foot-4, made a statement in his bid for a starting gig by grabbing five receptions for 81 yards in the spring game. He'll have to wait until 2015.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 16 - 9:46 PM

Florida State true freshman WR Travis Rudolph (foot) returned to practice on Saturday.

"That dadgum guy is gonna be a heck of a player," coach Jimbo Fisher said. The five-star recruit underwent surgery last month to fix a high school injury. He was never expected to miss any regular season action. Rudolph is ranked as the No. 1 WR and No. 11 overall player in the country.
Aug 16 - 8:57 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline ranks FSU senior T Cameron Erving as the ACC's No. 2 overall prospect.

Erving checks in behind teammate Jameis Winston in Pauline's rankings, but both have a first-round grade attached to their names. The only other ACC prospect with a first-round projection via Pauline is Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley. The next best offensive lineman ranked is redshirt senior tackle Trevor Clemmings out of Pitt, who received a third-round tag.
Aug 15 - 11:44 AM


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