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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

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes in his latest top-10 mock draft that "with Mettenberger on the mend" the Titans could possibly be forced to "reach" for FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston.

"It pains me to put Winston in this slot as I don’t think he deserves to be a top six selection. We always witness teams reach for signal callers and the Titans may be backed into a corner with Mettenberger on the mend," Pauline wrote. The Titans will have to weigh what they’ve seen from Mettenberger this season against the idea of having a top quarterback prospect in next year's draft.
Dec 11 - 2:42 PM

FSU junior DT Eddie Goldman "has some similar traits" to Michael Brockers, according to Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

Weidl specifically points to Goldman being able to help the run defense of the team that selects him. Brockers measured in at 6'5/322 at the Combine and presented limited explosive traits outside of average 3-cone and broad jump scores. However, Brockers is a very good run defender from the 1 technique spot. Goldman is currently listed around 6'4/315 pounds.
Dec 11 - 11:31 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes FSU junior DT Eddie Goldman "has a good chance to land in the first round if the draft is tomorrow."

"He's improved his play and is starting to live up to the enormous expectations tied to him since high school," Kiper wrote. Goldman must continue to show scouts he's polishing up his technique, so we hope he's available for the College Football Playoff after hurting his ankle against Georgia Tech. By all indications, he will be. "Goldman can go in Round 1, but he's no lock because several defensive tackles could move ahead of him during the draft process," Kiper wrote. "He needs experience, so you don't expect big things from him as a rookie."
Dec 10 - 5:54 PM


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