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FSU RB Dalvin Cook ran a forty in the mid-4.4s at his pro day on Tuesday.

This is a slight improvement upon Cook's 4.49-second 40-yard showing at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month. Cook struggled in other testing metrics, but his speed isn't a concern. "I don't think [the pro day 40 time] affects him one way or the other. His 40 time at the combine was more than fast enough. He plays fast, so I don't think that's any concern," said NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein. "I know he didn't test as explosively as people wanted at the combine, so I'm sure scouts wanted to see him jump again, but for me, it's more about whether he can stay healthy and how teams view him character-wise."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 28 - 3:08 PM

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has worked Seminoles freshman RB Cam Akers in as a returner this spring.

"[Akers is a] very natural returner," Fisher said. "He catches the ball, tremendous ball skills. I mean really good ball skills, judges it really well. You can catch underneath and still not go catch punts." Florida State intends to get creative in getting the ball into the hands of the five-star recruit. Akers is battling Jacque Patrick for the right to replace Dalvin Cook, with sophomore Amir Rasul also in the mix. "That guy is going to be really good," Patrick said of Akers.
Source: 247 Sports
Mar 27 - 2:38 PM

Florida State freshman DE Joshua Kaindoh (hamstring) returned to practice this week.

Kaindoh sustained a hamstring injury on March 6 and had been kept out of action during the proceeding weeks. He was back in action several days ago, though, and barring a setback should be good to go through the rest of the spring. The 6-foot-6, 256-pounder was a four-star recruit for the 2017 cycle, with ESPN's Craig Haubert writing that he "could grow into a physical monster."
Source: wruf.com
Mar 25 - 1:39 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told Bleacher Report that he trusts Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon more than FSU RB Dalvin Cook.

"The pattern of bad decisions are alarming, really," the scout said of Cook. "With my job on the line, I trust [Joe] Mixon a lot more than Dalvin Cook." Though Cook has never been found guilty of a crime, he's been charged with misdemeanor battery (2015), cited for a violation of animal care (2014), charged with firing a weapon and possession of a weapon on school property (2010) and charged with robbery (2009). Cook has also been charged with criminal mischief after allegedly causing property damage with a BB gun. On top of all that, he has shoulder and hamstring issues, fumbling problems and tested horrifically at the NFL Combine. B/R's Matt Miller predicts he'll fall into the second round.
Mar 23 - 3:37 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that Florida State T Roderick Johnson's "production does not match his potential."

Among the technical issues PFF's analysis team sees in Johnson's game, "[b]ad pass-blocking techniques that need to be rebuilt" and a tendency to overextend on blocks. That being said, the outlet believes the 6-foot-7, 298-pounder's athletic upside will be too much to pass up for long. "Johnson’s physical tools will more than likely cause a team to take their chances on him early than expected," the outlet explains. Johnson was unable to take part in Combine testing due to an illness he was battling at the time.
Mar 17 - 6:01 PM

Florida State RB Dalvin Cook is visiting the Eagles, according to Mike Garafolo.

The Eagles added multiple receivers in free agency, albeit on shorter deals. However, the team failed to add a running back, seemingly by choice, and they will certainly select one in the upcoming draft. As of now, Cook's tape is first round but his athletic profile is not. Since 1999, a running back has not been selected in the first round with a composite score (9th percentile) like Cook's. That could change after Florida State's pro day.
Mar 17 - 9:56 AM

Former FSU WR Travis Rudolph compares junior WR Nyqwan Murray to Antonio Brown.

The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Murray memorably caught two passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Michigan in the Capital One Orange Bowl. "Murray is just such an elusive player and he works so hard," Rudolph said. "He reminds me of Antonio Brown." Rudolph wasn't done talking about the stacked WR group he just left behind. "Auden [Tate, a 6-foot-1, 206-pound junior] is a just a freak athlete," Rudolph said. "He’s so big and has such good body control."
Source: Fox Sports
Mar 15 - 5:05 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore S Derwin James could see work as a punt returner during the coming season.

James is back on the practice field after missing the bulk of the 2016 campaign due to a torn meniscus. Any notion that maybe the Seminoles would try to coddle James should be cast aside given that the team is actually looking to expand his role. Said HC Jimbo Fisher, "We'll put the ball the best guys have the best hands and have the best ability to run with it. There are just not many positions [James] can't play." He does have experience returning punts, having done so in high school. Florida State has ranked second-to-last in ACC punt return yardage each of the past two seasons.
Source: USA Today
Mar 14 - 9:55 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that Florida State DE DeMarcus Walker's "body type doesn’t lend itself to playing the run in the NFL."

"At the moment, Walker is a tweener. Too small to play full time inside and unathletic enough to play out on the edge. Over time he could bulk up into a full-time 3-tech, but playing the run may never be his strong suit," writes the PFF analysis team. They comp the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder to Vikings defensive lineman Tom Johnson and note that even with his deficiencies against the run, Walker has the pass-rushing chops to make an early impact for his eventual NFL team.
Mar 10 - 3:13 PM

Packers beat writer Bob McGinn spoke with an NFL scout who said FSU RB Dalvin Cook is "everything."

We think this conversation took place before Cook's workout, but it is difficult to not be impressed with that Dalvin shows on the field. "He reminds me of Marshall Faulk so much because he can catch the ball," another scout told McGinn. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has ranked Cook as the No. 1 running back in the class the entire season, but it is impossible to not let his lack of athleticism factor in an evaluation. There's always a chance his numbers improve at his pro day, however, as of now Cook's athletic profile has not resulted in a first running back since at least 1999.
Mar 8 - 9:28 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang believes that the impact of FSU RB Dalvin Cook's underwhelming Combine work is being overblown.

"[Cook is a] proven talent who plays quicker and faster than he times in drills because he anticipates defenders," Rang writes, adding that "[i]f [he] falls on draft day, it will be due to medical or off-field concerns, not because his 40-yard dash or shuttle drills weren’t up to par." Over the weekend, Cook ran the 40 in 4.49 seconds and turned in a vertical jump of 30.5 inches with a broad jump of 116 inches.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 7 - 8:45 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Steve Palazzolo notes that FSU RB Dalvin Cook's 40-yard dash time of 4.49 seconds "may put just enough doubt into teams’ minds for a guy that was pegged as a speed back."

While Cook just turned in a Combine which CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has called "confusing," it would still be a surprise if the former Seminole slipped all the way into the final picks of the first round. The dazzling speed he routinely showed on film might have been mysteriously absent during Combine work, but that film is impressive.
Mar 7 - 7:35 PM

Florida State hired former LSU WR coach Dameyune Craig as a quality control assistant.

He's back! Craig served as Jimbo Fisher's quarterbacks coach from 2010-12 before a three-year stint as Auburn's co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Craig spent last year as LSU's WR coach before being unceremoniously canned by HC Ed Orgeron following National Signing Day. If Seminoles fans can't recall Craig's time in Tallahassee as QB coach, they'll certainly remember the 2014 BCS National Championship, when Florida State players accused Craig, then at Auburn, of stealing their signals. Apparently all is forgiven.
Mar 7 - 3:30 PM

Florida State junior CB Tarvarus McFadden (labrum) will miss spring ball.

McFadden will undergo surgery on his torn labrum. According to HC Jimbo Fisher, McFadden played through it all of last season. Even compromised, McFadden still managed eight interceptions to tie West Virginia’s Rasul Douglas for the national lead. McFadden should be good to go by summer camp.
Mar 6 - 5:16 PM

Florida State HC Jimbo Fisher says redshirt sophomore S Derwin James is a "full-go."

James suffered a season-ending meniscus tear in Week 2 of last season and was awarded a medical redshirt waiver. One of the best returning players in college football, James should enter next season completely healthy.
Mar 6 - 1:40 PM


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