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FSU G Tre' Jackson is "better than [Laken] Tomlinson," an anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"He gets better movement," the scout said. "He is a quiet leader with strength and power, but he lacks the length (32 5/8 arms). He will struggle mentally sorting out the process." We disagree that Jackson is superior to Tomlinson. "He was coached well by Rick Trickett, who is one of the best (O-line) coaches around," said another scout. "He was a very steady player. Not special. He's a really good short setter in pass pro and he uses his hands well." We agree with a third scout who concluded: "If he was at another school he'd be a later-round guy. He wouldn't be getting near the attention he does. He's slow, and slow-footed. Then he's not real long and he can't handle the wide rush. The Rose Bowl game, he got destroyed."
Apr 25 - 3:35 PM

NFL scouts "seem certain" FSU QB Jameis Winston "has great potential" and "dismiss his conspicuous lack of elite athletic ability, which was quantified with his lackluster combine workout" but note he has "trouble deciphering underneath coverage," reports Frank Cooney of NFLDraftScout.com.

The case against Winston is two-fold: His recklessness with the ball caused his TD/INT ratio to plummet from 40/10 in 2013 to 25/18 last season, perhaps portending future NFL problems, and his off-field issues got him compared to JaMarcus Russell by a longtime NFL personnel executive recently in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "With all due respect, and heartfelt wishes that Winston does well in everything he does, I'm just not convinced he is the best quarterback in this draft, let alone No. 1 overall, where we have him rated at NFLDraftScout.com," Cooney wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 25 - 2:10 PM

FSU C Cameron Erving "is a plug-and-play option in the first round" for the Arizona Cardinals, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The Cardinals released incumbent starting center Lyle Sendlein last month and could look to replace him via the draft. If both running backs Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon are both off the board, the Cardinals could look to address their offensive line needs in the first round.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 24 - 3:16 PM

A longtime NFL personnel executive told Bob McGinn he sees JaMarcus Russell in Jameis Winston.

"I see the body. I see the lack of focus," the executive said. "I see the same coach and system. Only Winston's not as good an athlete and his arm isn't as strong as JaMarcus'." With every single anonymous scout or executive comment, it is worth noting it is a singular opinion. Do not extrapolate one opinion as something the entire NFL believes. The NFL's track record on quarterbacks (and their implementation) is not great. With that said, the NFL does have more information on prospects than those on the outside, but we aren't applying the executive's reasoning here.
Apr 24 - 8:43 AM

An analytics director said he expects FSU DT Eddie Goldman to be a first-round pick.

That said, the analytics director believes that'll be an over-draft because Goldman had average production in college and offers limited versatility. Goldman graded out essentially average on College Football Focus' prospects metrics. He's going to transcend those metrics on draft night.
Apr 23 - 6:29 PM

Robert Klemko of the MMQB spoke to one scout who said Jameis Winston would be the No. 2 QB on that team's board since 2011 based on pre-draft grades.

The top 10 ranking went as follows: 1. Andrew Luck, 2. Jameis Winston, 3. Robert Griffin III, 4. Cam Newton, 5. Blaine Gabbert, 6. Marcus Mariota, 7. Ryan Tannehill, 8. Blake Bortles, 9. Jake Locker, 10. Teddy Bridgewater. This just shows how much variance there is among NFL teams' boards. Again, this is based on pre-draft grades and opinion. It is worth noting that teams who feel comfortable with their starting quarterback put far less work into evaluating the top quarterbacks in each draft. Klemko notes the scout does not work with the Bucs or Titans and is not in the hunt for a quarterback this year.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 23 - 10:16 AM

Moving from LT to C was the "best thing that ever happened" to FSU C Cameron Erving, wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He wasn't having a great year at left tackle, but he got better every game he played at center," McShay wrote. "He is really light on his feet, has really good length (6-5, with 34 1/8-inch arms) and has a powerful upper body. He does a great job on zone-stretch plays and as a second-level blocker." Florida State doubled its yards-before-contact rush average on interior runs in the final five games after shifting Erving inside. Erving is in the Round 1 discussion.
Apr 22 - 9:31 PM

FSU QB Jameis Winston will not be visiting the Jets, according to Manish Mehta.

The Jets initially wanted to work Winston out but felt they saw enough during his pro day workout. The Jets staff then hoped to bring Jameis in for a visit to cover everything other than throwing "but never connected on a date," Mehta writes, adding Jameis is "destined to go No. 1" anyways. Where both quarterbacks land on draft day will help shape the early picks.
Apr 22 - 8:51 AM

College Football Focus metrics loved FSU C Cameron Erving after his shift inside.

No reason was given, though we know Florida State was much, much more effective running inside after moving Erving inside. The prospect was sensational at center, perhaps moving himself back into Round 1 after his stock flat lined early last season. "ESPN's player-comparison tool compared him to Gabe Carimi and Rodger Saffold from an athletic standpoint," wrote Mike Sando. "Physically, he aligned with Carimi, Michael Oher and Will Beatty."
Apr 22 - 1:38 AM

You're "not going to beat [FSU G Tre' Jackson] by running through him," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He's a thick, wide-bodied guy who dominates in the running game," McShay wrote. "You need to protect him on passing plays, as a quick 3-technique defensive tackle could give him trouble, but if you know how to mask his weaknesses he can be very effective for you in the running game." We think Jackson is overrated for the reason McShay mentioned -- he surrendered a shocking amount of interior pressure last season for a guard prospect. Regardless of the facts, the three-year starter was named first-team All-ACC by the Associated Press and ACC coaches in 2014.
Apr 21 - 10:48 PM

Last Friday, Florida State TE Nick O'Leary worked out for reps from the Broncos, Patriots, Packers, Giants and Bills, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-3, 244-pound O'Leary, was named first-team AP All-American, first-team All-ACC and won the John Mackey Award for the nation's best tight end in 2014. While O'Leary was productive at the collegiate level, he'll have to prove that his skill-set translates to the next level. The FSU prospect lacks the ideal size and strength as an inline TE in the NFL, but could be used as a H-back, with quality hands and willingness as a blocker.
Apr 21 - 2:17 PM

FSU edge rusher/DL Mario Edwards Jr. is visiting the Jets Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Edwards is frequently linked with a top 50 selection even if his 2014 tape does not warrant it. The defensive lineman dropped 20 to 30 pounds during the draft process. The Jets might be moving to a bit of a different defense, but they have plenty of versatile players up front. Teams could use the same word for Edwards.
Apr 21 - 1:53 PM

ESPN's Mike Sando reports that some NFL team models compare Florida State QB Jameis Winston to Tony Romo "based on their willingness to make riskier throws."

Winston's 18 picks last year rank as the fifth-most in college football over the past seven seasons. Interestingly, an NFL evaluator said his team's trait-based tool agreed with ESPN's comparison tool that Chad Henne was the closest match in terms of traits measured at the combine (which isn't to say they have similar passing skills, of course).
Apr 20 - 7:24 PM

The Bucs have "come to a comfort level with who they'll take 1st overall," according to Albert Breer.

Breer had a similar report a few months ago. The phrasing of the tweet is important, as Breer notes is is "about making sure it's right" in the next ten days. All signs point to Jameis Winston being the selection unless the ownership steps in - which is still very possible.
Apr 20 - 9:54 AM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco believes FSU C Cameron Erving "made a lot of money moving inside to center."

"He was decent as a tackle, but he can be dominant as a center," Prisco wrote. "He is athletic at a position that requires it. But he's also strong at the point of attack." 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. NFL Media's Mike Mayock and his colleague Daniel Jeremiah agree that Erving could go late in the first round.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 8:03 PM


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