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Florida State QB Jameis Winston "needs to convince head coaches that he can be trusted to win games and represent the team in splendid fashion at all times," according to NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks.

The FSU prospect needs teams to buy in, that he is ready to be the face of an NFL franchise. The most-polished quarterback in the draft, has to show that he's not just ready to lead his team on the field, but convince teams he can be a leader off the field. Brooks notes that, Winston "must own up to his previous mistakes and make a compelling case to team officials that he has grown into a more mature adult."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 2:28 PM

Florida State OG Josue Matias "didn't look very athletic or quick" at the combine, according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

Matias posted a poor 40 time (5.52 seconds), and was no better in the vertical jump (17.5 inches) or broad jump (7 feet). Brandt points out that Matias "was a three-year starter on a very successful team" and "simply did not give up sacks" in college. Matias was s second team All-ACC performer by the Associated Press last season.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 11:56 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay reports that Florida State QB Jameis Winston is the favorite to go No. 1 to the Bucs.

"I could see Tampa Bay going with either Winston or [Marcus] Mariota with the top pick," he adds. McShay grades Winston as the second-best QB prospect since 2000, behind only Andrew Luck. "Now obviously, it's not that simple with Winston, as his off-field behavioral issues have been well-documented," McShay wrote. "But from what I heard from NFL sources, Winston really impressed teams during interviews, handling himself well when answering questions about his past and displaying an outstanding football IQ." McShay concluded that "Winston to the Bucs is by no means a done deal," but the analyst sees the FSU signal-caller as the most logical choice "and most of the sources I talked to in Indianapolis this week seemed to share that opinion."
Mar 1 - 10:06 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that FSU C Cameron Erving is a "very versatile second-round pick."

"He's a lot like [La'el] Collins," the scout said. "He could be a left tackle, center or guard." Erving, of course, was a two-year starter at left tackle, but kicked inside to center for the second half of 2014. He was a defensive lineman as recently as spring 2012. "He's athletic," said another scout. "Not a very good technician. Still learning the position."
Mar 1 - 5:08 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote that Florida State WR Rashad Greene is "productive and willing to make plays in traffic."

At 5-foot-11 1/2 and 175 pounds, Greene clocked a 4.53 forty. Greene dropped only one of every 74 balls thrown his way last season, a ridiculous percentage which showed why he was Jameis Winston's most trusted option. We expect Greene to be a nice value selection on Day 2. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compares him to Broncos' WR Emmanuel Sanders, while Lance Zierlein comps him to Marvin Jones.
Mar 1 - 3:31 PM

FSU RB Karlos Williams posted the best Speed Score of all 2015 running backs.

He ran a 4.48 forty at 230 pounds. Williams' Speed Score of 114.2 was the only one in the class at the combine above 110 (Todd Gurley and Tevin Coleman didn't run), typically viewed as the benchmark of a first-round pick. The brother of Steelers LB Vince Williams is a favorite of Football Outsiders scouting writer Matt Waldman. "Karlos is a former five-star recruit who played safety originally, then gradually transitioned to running back in his 2013 junior season, averaging 8.0 yards per carry (730 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 91 carries)," wrote ESPN's Aaron Schatz. "However, he disappointed a bit with only 4.6 yards per carry as a full-time running back in 2014, and has had some off-the-field issues that teams will need to consider."
Feb 28 - 8:04 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt still believes in Florida State G Tre' Jackson despite a lackluster showing at the combine.

Jackson posted a weak 40 time (5.52 seconds) and his arms measured 32 5/8 inches, an inch shorter than would be ideal. Strangely, he elected not to lift. "Jackson was a three-year starter for Florida State ... and he surely benefited from the instruction of outstanding line coach Rick Trickett," Brandt wrote. "In 2014, Jackson was not called for holding once and yielded just 1.5 sacks. When you start and play well for a team like the Seminoles, there must be something there."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 28 - 7:19 PM

The Bucs are "leaning toward" linking FSU QB Jameis Winston's off-field "problems" are due to immaturity, according to the MMQB's Peter King.

"And not because he’s a bad guy," King writes. "That leads me to believe he’s the leader in the clubhouse with the draft two months away." From an NFL perspective, there is a big difference. Teams take many prospects off their boards due to questions that they think cannot be answered or fixed. It seems every outlet is linking, or even locking, Winston in at No. 1. Until something is definite, we would not count out Marcus Mariota.
Source: The MMQB
Feb 26 - 2:02 PM

When asked what he would do with the No. 1 pick, NFL Media's Mike Mayock said selecting FSU QB Jameis Winston would scare him a bit.

"I take (Winston) No. 1 from a talent perspective," Mayock begins, which we think is the most important statement. "...But I would have to do more homework off the field because... he was the face of Florida State football, and he continued to make bad decisions off the field." We are guessing Mayock will continue to vet his NFL sources in order to come up with this information, unless he meets with Winston himself. Personality and character are always iffy subjects for us to comment on through second hand perspectives.
Source: ESPN
Feb 24 - 11:28 AM

FSU DT Eddie Goldman "can do it all" and "plays hard," according to an NFL scout.

The scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Goldman is a three-technique at the next level. Goldman, a 6-foot-4, 336-pound monster, posted 62 tackles (12 for loss) and 6 sacks across two seasons as a starter. "He's a powerful, explosive guy," one scout said. "Strong at the point."
Feb 24 - 12:55 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes FSU C Cameron Erving will "likely go in the late first or early second round, and the Colts and Broncos would both make sense."

"If you don't count Scherff as a guard, Erving is the top interior lineman in this class," McShay wrote. "He's showed well on tape, particularly after he moved to center, and his workout matched it Friday. His 9-4 broad jump was better than all the top OT prospects, and his 5.15 40 is really good for his size. He's a really quick and athletic interior lineman in the Matt Birk mold, and he has long arms (34⅛ inches)." McShay's colleague Kevin Weidl recently wrote that he "wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger late [Round] 1" on Erving, and NFL Network's Mike Mayock called Erving a "starting Pro Bowl-quality center."
Feb 23 - 11:32 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that FSU DL Mario Edwards is "still kind of a project."

"Big athletic guy," the scout said. "Just didn't have much production or feel as a rusher. You hope he'd be a better rusher to take him in the first round but he's got size and is athletic." The 6-foot-3, 279-pound Edwards has huge hands at 10 7/8 inches. "Huge D-end but could even bounce inside and rush as a three-technique," another scout said. "Very, very strong upper body. Plays the run extremely well but also can rush the passer."
Feb 23 - 10:48 PM

Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby clocked a 4.38 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday.

Darby's time was the third-fastest among defensive backs. He was also lauded for his work in combine drills. The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Darby has good size, athleticism and outstanding speed. Some have questioned his toughness, but we see a decent tackler who isn't afraid to get dirty. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Darby can "do it all" and gives him a second round grade.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 10:21 PM

Florida State QB Jameis Winston said over the weekend that he is now a full-time football player and will stop playing baseball.

He was formerly Florida State’s baseball closer. "Right now I am focusing on football," Winston said. "This is the first offseason I’ve ever had where I can focus totally on football. I am loving this, being a quarterback every day … Anything that keeps me busy helps me. I love baseball. I love football. Playing both was the best of both worlds." Winston's two agents, Greg Genske and Kenny Felder, mostly represent baseball players. "I can’t speak on that," Winston said when asked if he'd return to baseball at some point. "It always has been my dream, but I’m just playing football right now." Peter King mentioned why this is an important conversation in his Monday column: "Tampa Bay is not taking Winston number one if he says, 'I’d like to play baseball for three months every year.'"
Source: MMQB
Feb 23 - 8:39 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay grades Florida State QB Jameis Winston as the second-best QB prospect since 2000, behind only Andrew Luck.

Excluding off-field issues, it's hard to argue. Winston is a special prospect, from his prototypical 6-foot-4, 231-pound size to his strong arm to his superb technique to his courage in the pocket to his leadership qualities. He only must answer off-field questions, of which there are many. NFL teams have been attempting to ascertain whether Winston is spectacularly immature -- and will thus grow out of his problematic behavior -- or an inherently bad person destined to take down a franchise. Bucs GM Jason Licht, the owner of the No. 1 pick, knows what's at stake: "This is the most important pick, potentially, in the history of the franchise."
Feb 23 - 3:57 PM


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