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Florida State CB Tarvarus McFadden is taking an official predraft visit to the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday.

Should the 49ers be targeting McFadden with one of their Day 3 selections, he would have the luxury of learning the pro ropes alongside newly acquired veteran ace Richard Sherman. The 6-foot-2, 204-pounder could have worked himself more seriously into the Day 2 mix, but managed just 4.67 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein sees the Florida State corner flying off the board at some point in the Rounds 4-5 range.
Apr 18 - 12:17 PM

Florida State DT Derrick Nnadi is taking an official predraft visit to the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday.

While an NFC GM said earlier this draft season that Nnadi has "limited draft value" due to his lack of impact on passing downs, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein came away supremely impressed with the 6-foot-1, 317-pounder's tape, noting that he possesses a revved motor and has shown rock-solid hand usage. Zierlein also writes that Nnadi has a "robust build with burly booty." The analyst sees him drawing interest as early as the third round for next week's draft.
Apr 17 - 5:43 PM

According to a search warrant obtained by The Orlando Sentinel, a tip to Tallahassee police led to a two-month investigation into Florida State redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois as a potential seller of marijuana.

Francois was cited for marijuana possession last week, with authorities finding 17 grams of the substance in his possession. However, it appears that they were bracing for a bigger find. Per the search warrant, authorities began looking into Francois as a potential dealer after they were informed by an anonymous tipster who claimed to have seen the quarterback in possession of a large sack containing what was estimated as upwards of two pounds of the psychotropic substance. Authorities searched Francois' garbage on four separate occasions during the investigation, according to the search warrant. The quarterback remains with the team through all this turmoil. He was a limited participant in practice this spring as he continues his recovery from a torn patellar tendon in his left knee sustained last September. He's attempting to work his way back healthy enough to compete with James Blackman for starting honors for the upcoming season.
Apr 17 - 2:34 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Maurice Goolsby.

Goolsby (6'5/193) was one of three four-star prospect to commit to the Seminoles over the weekend, throwing his lot in along with G Dontae Lucas and LB Jaleel McRae. He had been committed to Florida last autumn, but opted to step away to reassess the recruiting landscape in late November. ESPN's scouting breakdown notes that while Goolsby would appear to be ticketed to the receiving room in Tallahassee, he actually has some upside as a defensive end, too, though his current build is far too slight to hold up there without added bulk.
Apr 16 - 3:45 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 OLB Jaleel McRae.

McGee is the second four-star commitment for Florida State on Saturday, as they also received a verbal from guard Dontae Lucas. McRae was also reportedly considering Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and LSU, among others. He ranks 137th overall on 247 Sports list of the top prospects in 2019, and 12th in their linebacker ranks.
Apr 14 - 4:20 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 G Dontae Lucas.

Lucas picks the Seminoles over offers from Miami, Alabama, Oregon and South Carolina, to name an elite few. The 6-foot-3, 323-pound guard ranks eighth among guards on 247 Sports composite list, and 146th overall. He certainly has the size to be an impact player, so if he can handle the rigors and playbook, he could compete for immediate playing time in 2019.
Apr 14 - 3:41 PM

Florida State redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois (knee) was cited for marijuana possession on Thursday.

Francois (6'2/205) will have to answer to a misdemeanor charge for possession of fewer than 20 grams of the sticky substance. It's not his first run-in with the law since joining the Seminoles. His first was actually considerably more serious, as he was accused of domestic violence last January. The case was eventually closed. While no suspension will be coming down the pike for this most recent incident -- in a statement, FSU HC Willie Taggart said that discipline would be handled internally -- it's just another small knock against him as he tries to regain his starting role with the team. Francois has been a limited participant in practice this spring as he continues his recovery from the torn patellar tendon in his left knee which cost him all but one game during the 2017 season. The hope is that he'll be ready to roll in time for August camp. In the meantime, James Blackman is doing all he can to try to put some distance between himself and Francois.
Apr 13 - 2:31 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 QB Sam Howell.

Howell picks the Seminoles over offers from schools like Alabama, Clemson, Miami and Michigan, among others. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound signal-caller from Monroe, North Carolina ranks fourth on 247 Sports composite list of pro-style cornerbacks in the 2019 class. Reports indicate he has exceptional pocket awareness, and that he makes good decisions with the football. It sounds like Howell could compete for playing time early, and possibly battle for the starting job after Deondre Francois leaves in a year or two.
Apr 9 - 8:37 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Florida State S Derwin James as the top safety in the 2018 NFL Draft class.

James is followed by Alabama's Ronnie Harrison, Virginia's Quin Blanding, West Virginia's Kyzir White, Southern Mississippi's Tarvarious Moore and Penn State's Marcus Allen. Before you ask, Minkah Fitzpatrick is listed at corner in PFF's position rankings. "[James] can be a coverage weapon in a two-high safety look or in man coverage against tight ends and slot receivers, while his size allows him to be a force in the run game and to get after the quarterback," they write. Expect the former Seminole to go somewhere in the middle of the first round.
Apr 9 - 7:06 PM

Florida State redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois (knee) said that he's been told by his doctor that he is ahead of schedule in his rehab.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Francois said, later adding that "we're still taking it slow." The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is healing up from a torn patellar tendon in his left knee, an injury which he sustained in a season-opening loss to Alabama last autumn. The redshirt junior has done some light work this spring, including individual and 7-on-7 drills. He's been held out of full scrimmages. For now, he's the third quarterback on the depth chart behind James Blackman and Bailey Hockman, but so long as he's healthy come August camp, he and Blackman figure to be the main combatants for the starting job down in Tallahassee.
Apr 6 - 3:28 PM

Florida State S Derwin James is visiting the Packers on Thursday.

James just completed a visit with the Bucs. Rotoworld's Josh Norris considers James a top five prospect in this class, so with the Packers currently at pick No. 14, it would take a miracle for James to still be on the board. He excels in so many spots in a defensive backfield.
Apr 5 - 10:25 AM

Florida State sophomore DT Marvin Wilson tore his MCL in practice this week.

"[Wilson] was working his tail off. Lost some weight, was running around really good," said Seminoles HC Willie Taggart of the talented 6-foot-4, 330-pounder's spring prior to the knee injury. Former five-star recruit Wilson will be sidelined for the remainder of spring practice, now, with his availability for August camp undetermined at this juncture. In his first taste of collegiate ball this past season, Wilson logged seven tackles. He's in competition for a starting job this offseason, though that quest might now be in jeopardy.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 4 - 6:58 PM

NDT Scouting's Jon Ledyard reports that the Tennessee Titans have shown "a lot of interest" in Florida State edge rusher Josh Sweat.

Per Ledyard, Sweat will be taking a visit to the Titans in the coming days. He's a logical fit given their needs on the line. The analyst additionally ticks off the Redskins, Giants, Seahawks, Patriots and Saints as parties which will play host to the 6-foot-4, 251-pounder upcoming. He's aced the draft process this winter-into-spring, turning in a composite athletic score ranking in the 95th percentile of NFL edge rushers during combine testing and then backing that up with a rock-solid pro day showing. We view Sweat as a potential sleeper to jump over his Day 2 designation for a late Day 1 pick. He's shown more than enough over the past few months to warrant that kind of consideration.
Apr 4 - 1:25 PM

Florida State S Derwin James is visiting the Bucs on Wednesday.

The fit makes so much sense. The Bucs have a need at safety and James is a versatile playmaker in the back half. James is a piece to build around, and the Bucs certainly have shown a tendency to bring in Florida State prospects. The Bucs are currently slotted with the No. 7 overall pick, an ideal spot for James to go off the board.
Apr 4 - 10:37 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared Florida State edge-rusher Josh Sweat to Seattle Seahawk edge-rusher Barkevious Mingo.

Sweat oozes athleticism, and reportedly impressed at both his pro day and the NFL Scouting Combine. Despite that success, the 6-foot-4, 251-pound defender could face a bit of an uphill battle as we get closer to draft day because of concerns about effort on the field along with consistency. "Sweat has the length, frame and athletic qualities to fit right in as a 3-4 SAM or rush linebacker, but he needs to go to school with a position coach or a talented veteran to help unlock his pass rush potential," Zierlein writes. Expect him to go at some point on Day 2, but there's at least a chance he could go in the first 32 picks if someone is enamored with his size/speed combo.
Source: NFL.com
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