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Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary "lacks the bulk and brawn to regularly hold up as an in-line blocker at the next level, despite his aggressiveness and tenacity," according to ESPN's Steve Muench.

"He'll need to move around and match up with linebackers to be an effective blocker in the NFL," Muench wrote. "But teams that need help in the passing game should be able to overlook his deficiencies as a blocker." O'Leary, the grandson of golf legend Jack Nichlaus, was a John Mackey Award semifinalist last year after catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns. "Most tight ends lack the raw explosiveness to separate from athletic linebackers and safeties," Muench wrote. "But O'Leary moves well enough to challenge linebackers underneath, and in addition to throwing his weight around, he does a nice job of setting up his break working against defensive backs. His ability to locate and exploit seams in zone looks is also noteworthy. He's a natural pass-catcher who can adjust to passes thrown outside his frame and absorb contact without dropping the ball, despite having smaller hands."
Oct 21 - 7:24 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "is a natural and that's why he's a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick despite the off-field distractions."

"Against Notre Dame's aggressive defensive gameplan, he showed anticipation, instincts and chemistry with his targets that seem to come easy to him. Simply put, Winston is a natural and that's why he's a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick despite the off-field distractions. He's that good," Brugler wrote. Winston completed 23-of-31 attempts for 273 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the come-from-behind victory over Notre Dame. Brugler adds that Winston "showed the world (again) that in the face of adversity he is in his element on the football field."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 21 - 2:26 PM

FSU senior WR Rashad Greene caught all eight of his targets in Saturday's victory over Notre Dame, according to Pro Football Focus.

Greene caught hauled in eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in the win, marking his fifth 100-yard game of the year. "Though he popped up on both sides of the field to make catches, Greene did most of his work down the middle collecting 79 yards on four catches between the numbers more than 10 yards downfield," wrote Ben Stockwell. The site graded Greene out as a +1.7 in the contest.
Oct 20 - 6:42 PM

Florida State sophomore CB Jalen Ramsey was outstanding in the passing game during Saturday's victory over Notre Dame, according to Pro Football Focus.

Ramsey had a +1.3 game score despite suffering on run defense, posting a -1.3 score. "Ramsey was ever present in the passing game, making his mark both in coverage and as a pass rusher," wrote Ben Stockwell. "Involved in the coverage bust for Corey Robinson’s second touchdown, Ramsey also got his hands to three passes breaking up one intended for C.J. Prosise and snagging two batted passes on his 13 blitzes." Ramsey was a terror on blitzes, accruing three QB hurries. 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.
Oct 20 - 6:26 PM

Outside of an interception early in the second quarter, Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston was outstanding in Saturday's win against Notre Dame, according to Pro Football Focus.

The site gave Winston a +2.3 game score. "Winston led the Seminoles back to yet another win not allowing that misjudgment to snowball into further mistakes," wrote Ben Stockwell. "There was nothing magic from Winston here but after that play he turned in a game with very few misses, managing Florida State down the field exploiting the holes that the Fighting Irish defense gave him." Winston went 10-of-12 for 163 yards and a touchdown on intermediate throws outside of his ill-advised interception.
Oct 20 - 5:38 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has "no doubt" in his mind that Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "is the top quarterback in the potential 2015 QB class."

"For all of the negative attention that Florida State QB Jameis Winston's off-field behavior has attracted this season, there is no doubt in my mind that he is the top quarterback in the potential 2015 QB class," Brooks writes. Brooks adds that, "while most prospects would crack under the intense scrutiny and pressure that Winston has endured over the past year (most of which has been self-inflicted through his own actions), he has continued to thrive on the biggest and brightest stages when his team needed him the most." The FSU prospect's "resiliency, toughness and composure" facing his current adversity suggests "that he won't wilt under the pressure of the pro game and will find a way to succeed when things inevitably go wrong as a franchise player," according to Brooks.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 20 - 4:51 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "to show he is a natural and has what it takes to be a No. 1 overall draft pick" on Saturday against Notre Dame, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Winston completed 23-of-31 attempts for 273 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the come-from-behind victory. "Winston showed off his anticipation all night, delivering strikes before his receivers were out of their breaks or even looking for the ball," Brugler wrote. "He handled pressure well, evading, resetting and speeding up his process when needed, listening to his internal clock. Winston showed a lot of trust and chemistry with his weapons and his confidence clearly extends to his teammates in the huddle. His elongated delivery is something that allows defenders an extra split second to break on the pass, but Winston was able to get away with it because of his NFL-level arm strength."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 19 - 9:09 PM

It is "virtually certain" FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft "no matter what happens in the second half of the season," according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

La Canfora adds there is no consideration for Winston to drop out of FSU to avoid legal inquiries and head coach Jimbo Fisher has been pressured by others to suspend Winston for more game action, but he has refused. "There is no upside in waiting to go the NFL now, after all of this," one source told La Canfora. Winston took out an insurance policy prior to the season, which many concluded as 2014 being his last season at FSU. Winston and his father have previously stated Jameis' goal is to get his degree, and that would not be immediately possible if Winston leaves following this season.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 19 - 10:51 AM

FSU senior WR Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in the school's

Jameis Winston trusts Greene so much, and it is easy to see why. Greene is winning from the outside and inside, and quick breaking routes and long developing routes. He might not possess first-round size or athleticism, but Greene is a top-50 talent and will produce in the NFL.
Oct 19 - 10:25 AM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston completed 23 of 31 attempts for 273 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the school's 31-27 win over Notre Dame.

Winston dominated the second half, completing 15 of 16 attempts. It was not in a clean pocket either, as Winston frequently had to fire in the face of a free rusher or move to find workable space. It was a great quarterback duel, but there were plenty of other pieces that played at a high level too. FSU would have to play down to their competition to stumble before the College Football Playoff.
Oct 18 - 11:52 PM

QB guru George Whitfield believes FSU redshirt sophomore Jameis Winston's football IQ is in the same tier as Andrew Luck.

Whitfield has worked with both passers, so obviously he would not say anything negative about Winston outside of critiquing one of his plays. Winston has more success inside the pocket in terms of eye level and working through progressions than any other passer in college football. We think this statement actually has merit. We focus on judging a player by things we see on the field, and for how often Winston is called a "moron" or "dumb," he is certainly not one when playing the game.
Oct 18 - 10:36 AM

Florida State's athletic department compliance staff is reviewing the reported authenticated signatures of redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston, but says it hasn't yet found evidence that he accepted payment.

More than 2,000 authenticated Winston autographs have been found on the James Spence Authentication website. "At this time we have no information indicating that he accepted payment for items reported to bear his signature, thereby compromising his athletics eligibility," an FSU statement said. "The fact that items appear on an Internet site bearing the signature of a student-athlete does not singularly determine a violation of NCAA rules." While Winston has signed many items for free in public, JSA's website features more than 50 signed jerseys, photos and mini-helmets that were sequentially numbered, prompting many to speculate they were done at an organized event. Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher has said Winston has denied getting paid for his signature. Georgia's Todd Gurley was publicly alleged to have been paid, while nobody has yet stepped forward to accuse Winston of accepting cash.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 17 - 7:53 PM

ESPN's Darren Rovell reports that the James Spence Authentication website has authenticated more than 2,000 Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston autographs.

James Spence, the authentication company's owner, won't disclose how many authenticated pieces he has because his database is not searchable by name. Spence said he has no knowledge of whether Winston was paid for any of these autographs. FSU's compliance department has been investigating why so many Winston autographs became available to JSA. "No one who is not a dealer is going to submit that many autographs at one time," said Matt Powers of Powers Collectibles. "But besides the number, the giveaway of the JSA authenticated items that you can see on eBay, that suggests it was a sit-down signing, as the consistency of autograph, the cleanliness of the autograph and the fact that the autograph is signed in the perfect place over and over." Las Vegas yanked the FSU-Notre Dame line from its books Tuesday, so we have to wonder if they had advanced knowledge about a potential change in Winston's immediate eligibility. Stay tuned.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 16 - 7:50 PM

Florida State senior WR Rashad Greene's "lack of size and bulk is a question mark for the NFL, but his production and dependability speaks for itself and will likely land him in the top-100 picks."

"Greene lines up all over the field and does his best work in the slot where he can manipulate the middle of the field and use his sudden footwork in space. His lack of size and bulk is a question mark for the NFL, but his production and dependability speaks for itself and will likely land him in the top-100 picks," Brugler wrote. The FSU prospect has hauled in 44 receptions, 683 yards (15.1 yard average) and 3 touchdowns halfway through the season. In 2013, Greene finished with 76 receptions, 1,128 yards and nine scores. Brugler notes that Greene "uses his short-area quickness and reliable hands to finish catches and be a threat with the ball."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 16 - 3:23 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Florida State junior DB P.J. Williams "is one of a handful of underclassmen cornerbacks who flash first round potential for the 2015 class."

"Williams is tougher and more physical than he looks, but can be pushed around and lacks the strength to make mistakes with his tackling technique. He is one of a handful of underclassmen cornerbacks who flash first round potential for the 2015 class," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot, 196-pound Williams has the ability to play press and off-man zone, and even though "he isn't the biggest, fastest or strongest" prospect at the position, "Williams has swivel hips and transitional quickness to hang with any of Notre Dame's receivers athletically,"according to Brugler.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 16 - 2:31 PM


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