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Florida State HC Willie Taggart said of freshman S Jaiden Woodbey, "[He's] a dude. He's a dude, man."

"That kid, he's come here and he's done everything he told me he was going to do," Taggart said, later adding that the 6-foot-2, 196-pound Woodbey was "not backing down to anyone" during the spring and was "one of those guys you've got to tell him to slow down and stop." The Seminoles head coach additionally praised the freshman's almost immediate acclimation into the locker room, his nose for the classroom and the general aura he brings to campus. Woodbey -- a five-star recruit in the most recent class -- flipped over to Florida State from Ohio State in December, helping to ease Taggart's transition as Jimbo Fisher's replacement in the process.
Source: 247Sports
May 18 - 4:08 PM

NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter ranks Florida State sophomore RB Cam Akers 11th overall in his list of the top 150 college football players to watch in 2018.

Akers ranks only behind Stanford senior RB Bryce Love in running backs, and second behind Georgia QB Jake Fromm in terms of sophomores. In a year where very little went right for Florida State, Akers was one of the very few bright spots. "The Seminoles' struggles last season kept Akers' name out of the headlines for the most part, but his explosiveness with the ball in his hands is impressive," writes Reuter. "His willingness to lower his pads and take on defenders is not lost on scouts, either." Expect Akers to rank near the top of the 2020 draft prospects when that time comes. For now, just enjoy watching him punish defensive players.
Source: NFL.com
May 7 - 2:47 PM

Seahawks signed Florida State OLB Jacob Pugh.

Pugh (6’4/246) played defensive end and BUCK linebacker in the Seminoles’ defense, logging 11 career tackles for loss and seven sacks as mainly a rotational player, seeing fewer than 40% of Florida State’s defensive snaps the last two years. A tweener off-ball "Sam" linebacker and undersized situational pass rusher, Pugh showed above-par athleticism in pre-draft workouts with a 59th-percentile SPARQ score and 4.65 speed. Pugh projects as a special teamer who could become a useful role player on defense.
May 3 - 6:09 PM

49ers signed Florida State CB Tarvarus McFadden.

McFadden (6’2/204) turned pro after starting for two years in the Seminoles’ secondary, recording eight picks – all as a 2016 sophomore – and earning second-team All-ACC from the conference’s coaches as a 2017 junior. McFadden ran 4.67 at the Combine, but improved to 4.58 at FSU’s Pro Day and posted above-par 67th-percentile SPARQ results. McFadden was an above-average college starter who offers size-athleticism potential to become a better player if coached up in the pros.
May 3 - 12:12 PM

Steelers signed Florida State OLB Matthew Thomas.

Thomas (6’3/232) made 27 career starts for the Seminoles, tallying 20 tackles for loss with three sacks and one forced fumble. An enigmatic underachiever at FSU, Thomas reminded of his five-star recruit athleticism by registering 95th-percentile SPARQ results at the Combine, then blazing a 4.44 forty at the FSU Pro Day. Thomas is purely a height-weight-speed prospect whose shortage of college production and shaky off-field history are significant concerns.
May 3 - 11:49 AM

Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit assigned the Los Angeles Chargers a "B+" for their work in the draft.

Benoit thought the Chargers struck gold with their first three selections in Florida State S Derwin James, USC LB Uchenna Nwosu, and N.C. State DT Justin Jones, but didn't like their next selection, West Virginia S Kyzir White. Benoit explained, "With Jahleel Addae and a lanky, overachieving backup like Adrian Phillips, that [safety] was not a position of need." Despite one questionable pick, landing Derwin James at pick No. 17 started a strong draft for the Chargers which hit on a lot of their needs.
Apr 29 - 5:09 PM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill and Tom VanHaaren compared Florida State four-star 2019 ATH commit Sam Howell to Penn State QB Trace McSorley

"Both are a passer first, runners second, and both players have much better intermediate- and deep-level arm talent than people think," the analysts write. "What McSorley and Howell lack in ideal measurables, they make up for in moxie and feel for the game. Leadership is a strength with these two." The 6-foot-1, 193-pound quarterback will look to compete for playing time immediately with Deondre Francois at Florida State.
Apr 29 - 3:30 PM

Bengals selected Florida State WR Auden Tate with the No. 253 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Tate (6’5/228) was a two-year contributor in the Seminoles’ wideout corps, logging a 65/957/14.7/16 career receiving line, including ten TDs in 2017. Tate was exposed as a sub-par athlete at the Combine, running 4.68 with a 31-inch vertical. Tate has a huge catch radius with 33 ¾-inch arms, but he’s not going to win man-coverage battles against NFL corners.
Apr 28 - 6:51 PM

Patriots selected Florida State TE Ryan Izzo with the No. 250 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Izzo adds to the Patriots depth at the position. After catching 54 passes in four seasons for 761 yards and six touchdowns, Izzo produced an athletic profile in the 16th percentile. He has an inline frame, but Izzo needs to make the roster first.
Apr 28 - 6:47 PM

Eagles selected Florida State DE Josh Sweat with the No. 130 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Sweat (6’5/251) started all three years for the FSU, logging 24 career tackles for loss with 12 sacks. Although Sweat’s production doesn’t jump off the page, his 96th-percentile SPARQ athleticism, length (34 5/8-inch arms), and explosive game tape give him upside as a H/W/S prospect. Most concerning is Sweat’s history of knee injuries, which involve his ACL, MCL, and PCL and have plagued him since high school. He could practice only one day per week in college. Ultimately, Sweat could be a multi-year impact edge player if healthy, or quickly dud. The Eagles can afford to take on this potential risk in the fourth round.
Apr 28 - 1:37 PM

Chiefs selected FSU DL Derrick Nnadi with the No. 75 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

The Chiefs traded up for this pick. Nnadi (6’1/317) was a three-year starter and four-year contributor at nose tackle for the ‘Noles, logging 17 career tackles for loss, eight sacks, and two forced fumbles. Although his tape shows sporadic flashes of up-field burst, Nnadi was primarily a run-stopping space eater and tested like one in Indy with fifth-percentile athleticism. Nnadi has a place in the NFL, but he will likely max out as a run defender only. After taking Breeland Speaks, it is clear the Chiefs want to get bigger up front.
Apr 27 - 9:48 PM

An anonymous scout told Bob Mcginn Football that he liked Florida State DT Derrick Nnadi more than Michigan DT Maurice Hurst.

The scout explained his preference by adding Nnadi (6'1/299), "plays harder. Plays more violent. Hand use and leverage guy." Another scout was also optimistic about his ability and said he "Plays strong, For a short, squatty guy he’s got a little bit of pass rush so you don’t always have to take him off the field. He’s a hold-the-point guy, first and foremost. Pretty instinctive guy." Nnadi played really well in 2017, but absolutely bombed his athletic testing, producing a composite score in the 4th percentile. He will likely be a late Day 2 or early Day 3 selection.
Apr 27 - 2:32 PM

Chargers selected Florida State S Derwin James with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

James fell further than expected. James (6’2/215) missed all but two games as a 2016 sophomore due to a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee, then rebounded for second-team All-America honors as a 2017 junior with a team-high 49 solo tackles (5.5 TFLs), 13 pass breakups, three sacks, and two INTs. PFF College credited James with a stingy 48.1 passer rating allowed into his coverage last year. He destroyed the Combine, blazing 4.47 with freaky vertical (40") and broad (11’) jumps. Highly athletic with long arms (33"), James can match up to tight ends in man coverage and profiles similarly to Eric Berry.
Apr 26 - 10:00 PM

ESPN believes Florida State redshirt freshman WR Tamorrion Terry could have a breakout season in 2018.

Terry "has shown quickness and had the advantage in many one-on-one matchups during practices." The 6-5, 205 pounder was a starting wide receiver in the spring game due to injuries but made the most of it, racking up over 150 yards and a touchdown. With the Seminoles' former No. 1 wideout in Auden Tate draft bound, Terry will have a chance to play a significant role in the passing game.
Source: ESPN
Apr 25 - 11:45 AM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Florida State S Derwin James is "a true interchangeable safety."

The scout explained that James "can play on the hash and cover ground. Yet he can come down to the slot and cover. He’s what you want. He’s a stud." A second scout isn't as optimistic about James, saying "He’s living off his rep, just kind of floats around. How he looks is what gets him by. You won’t see a better looking guy physically but he just doesn’t make a lot of plays or factor a lot. Lot of hype. You’re banking on that he’ll look better." James has been connected to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at pick No. 7 and it is reportedly the "worst kept secret" in the NFL.
Apr 25 - 11:22 AM


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