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Pro Football Focus compared Florida State RB Dalvin Cook to former Jacksonville Jaguars RB Fred Taylor.

"In his prime, Taylor had elite, game-changing ability, and that is what separates Cook from the other backs in this class. He can turn the slightest crease into a big play, and he can contribute as a weapon in the passing game," notes the analysis team. PFF refers to Cook as possessing "prodigious potential." He will have questions to answer regarding off-field concerns at the NFL Scouting Combine, but figures to put in some impressive results in the athletic testing portion of that equation.
Feb 23 - 2:39 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer believes Florida State RB Dalvin Cook's "off-field questions" will prevent him from going ahead of LSU's Leonard Fournette.

In 2015, Cook was suspended after getting charged with punching a woman in the face outside a Tallahassee bar. Cook was found not guilty of misdemeanor battery in the incident, which wasn't caught on tape. In 2014, Cook received a citation for a violation of animal care after allegedly leaving three pitbull puppies chained up by the neck in an unsheltered area. Those are reportedly not the only encounters Cook had with police at Florida State.
Source: MMQB
Feb 23 - 11:43 AM

FSU RB Dalvin Cook was likened to Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles by NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah.

"At times I've used Chris Johnson (as a Cook comp). I don't think (Cook) has that same top juice. I ended up settling on Jamaal Charles. I like it, I don't love it," said Jeremiah. Rotoworld's Josh Norris disagrees with this specific comparison. Norris compares Cook to DeAngelo Williams.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 23 - 10:18 AM

The NCAA awarded Florida State redshirt sophomore WR George Campbell a medical redshirt waiver for the 2016 season.

The former five-star prospect had his designation rewound to redshirt sophomore after he missed all of last season with a core muscle injury. Campbell will be called upon to help ease the burden of Travis Rudolph's loss. Rudolph opted into the 2017 NFL draft.
Feb 22 - 4:39 PM

FSU redshirt sophomore LB Sh’Mar Kilby-Lane was awarded a redshirt for the 2016 season.

Kilby-Lane missed last season after being declared academically ineligible prior to the campaign. He has three years of eligibility left.
Feb 21 - 3:43 PM

Florida State redshirt senior S Nate Andrews received a medical redshirt waiver from the NCAA.

Andrews has been cleared to return to Tallahassee for another campaign after his true senior season ended prematurely with a torn pectoral muscle. Andrews will team with Derwin James to form perhaps the nation's best safety duo next year.
Feb 21 - 2:45 PM

FSU redshirt senior OL Ryan Hoefield retired.

Hoefield intends to graduate this spring and take a job in the medical field. He only appeared in one game last year.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 21 - 2:14 PM

The NCAA awarded Florida State redshirt sophomore S Derwin James a medical redshirt waiver for the 2016 season.

After suffering a season-ending meniscus tear in Week 2 of last season, James will now enter the 2017 season as a redshirt sophomore instead of a junior. This waiver is mostly a contingency plan -- James isn't expected to actually use this fifth season of eligibility. "He’s not staying for a fifth year anyway," HC Jimbo Fisher said with a smile. "You hope he stays for a fourth." FSU’s spring game is scheduled for April 8. It is not yet known if James will be healthy enough to play in it.
Feb 21 - 1:29 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from 2018 DE Stacy Kirby.

While Rivals does not assign Kirby a star-rating at this juncture, Scout.com views him as a three-star prospect. Over at the latter outlet, analyst Corey Bender writes that the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is "a headache to contain during one-on-one situations." Florida State now houses eight pledges for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 19 - 3:53 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 DE Kayode Oladele.

A pair of 2018 defensive ends committed to Florida State following their junior day on Saturday. In addition to Oladele, they also picked up a pledge from Stacy Kirby. For his part, the 6-foot-5, 236-pound Oladele ranks as Rivals' No. 25 strongside defensive end prospect for the 2018 cycle. Scout.com's Corey Bender sees him being in for a bit of a developmental curve. "The 'Noles will have to be patient with him, but this is a coachable kid that's equipped with athleticism and an intriguing build," writes the analyst. "At times he flashes that pop at the point of attack, but learning how to distribute his strength and playing with better technique will help take his craft to the next level."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 19 - 3:40 PM

Florida is attempting to flip Florida State five-star 2018 verbal RB commit James Cook.

New Gators RB coach JaJuan Seider has immediately gone to work in trying to pry Dalvin Cook's baby brother away from the school that Dalvin made his own. Cook the Younger told 247Sorts that Seider's pitch to him has been "come start my own legacy at [Florida]." The 5-foot-11, 182-pounder ranks as Rivals No. 12 overall prospect in the 2018 class. Last weekend, he was on hand for the Adidas East Coast Invitational, where his sizzling athletic ability impressed Rivals recruiting analysts Woody Wommack and Rob Cassidy.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 18 - 3:49 PM

Florida State freshman RB Zaquandre White indicated that he is not concerned about the stacked state of the position in Tallahassee.

"I’m just ready to go work. Whatever happens, happens," White said. While Florida State is losing all-universe back Dalvin Cook to the draft, they reloaded with perhaps the most impressive class at the position on National Signing Day. In addition to the 6-foot, 203-pound White, Florida State also reeled in a pair of five-star studs at running back in the form of Cam Akers and Khalan Laborn. The loaded race to replace Cook should be one of the more fun stories to follow as FSU works toward a potential Playoff run in 2017.
Feb 18 - 3:37 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that "the overwhelming belief" is that Florida State DE DeMarcus Walker "will leave [the NFL Scouting Combine in] Indianapolis with depressed draft stock."

Pauline doesn't disagree with this "overwhelming belief," either, noting that "[i]t’s a combination of a lack of size, poor speed and a question as to where he’ll line up on Sundays." The 6-foot-3, 281-pounder is coming off his best statistical season with the Seminoles, having registered 67 tackles (19.5 for loss), 16 sacks and a trio of forced fumbles over the course of 13 games played. Pauline does not see Walker being drafted until the fifth round or thereabouts this spring.
Feb 16 - 5:33 PM

Florida State freshman DT Marvin Wilson's short area quickness reminds LSU HC Ed Orgeron of Cortez Kennedy.

Coach O saw Kennedy, a former protégé of his, when he saw the 6-foot-4, 330-pound Wilson. Unfortunately, he won't get to work with Wilson, as the five-star prospect chose Florida State on National Signing Day.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 14 - 4:00 PM

On the Rotoworld Football Podcast, Josh Norris compared FSU RB Dalvin Cook to DeAngelo Williams.

Norris notes the draft media gets out of hand with comparisons for prospects, specifically pointing to comparisons like Jamaal Charles for Dalvin Cook. In other instances non-first round prospects get compared of hall of famers. It goes back to issue with comparisons, is it style, role, athletic or talent-based? In this instance, Cook has balance similar to Williams, can work between the tackles or run outside, and offers passing down work in some situations. Williams led the NFL in touchdowns with 20 in 2008.
Source: Rotoworld
Feb 13 - 8:55 AM


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