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Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey missed only four tackles last season.

Ramsey's tremendous strides as a run defender have gone under-reported. You'll hear him referred to as a defensive chess piece and this is why: Ramsey is elite against both the run and the pass. In fact, Pro Football Focus graded him as the No. 1 corner in run defense. In PFF's overall grades, Ramsey graded No. 2 on the season behind Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis. Ramsey is nearly impossible to beat deep and allowed only 0.67 yards per coverage snap, a top-10 national showing.
Feb 10 - 7:41 PM

Pro Football Focus graded FSU DB Jalen Ramsey as the best draft-eligible corner last season.

Ramsey predominantly played on the outside as a corner last year. He finished as PFF's No. 1 CB against the run by a wide margin and the No. 6 CB in terms of coverage. In all, he gave up 37 completions on 67 targets (55.2 percent) for 315 yards (8.5 per reception), yielding just one TD. Ramsey didn't have an interception, but broke up four passes. The site compares Ramsey's strength of defending deep routes to that of Richard Sherman. As for areas to work on, it could only feebly offer short area quickness and change of direction skills as non-elite aspects of Ramsey's game. "He strikes me as an Eric Berry type — a player that could play safety or corner in college — who can cover RBs and TEs out wide in the NFL, but would struggle lining up against Antonio Brown or Julio Jones on an island," Sam Monson wrote. "His work against the run and versatility to cover big bodies one-on-one makes him an elite safety prospect and a moveable chess piece on defense."
Feb 10 - 12:45 PM

An NFC director of football operations says Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey "is going to win the combine."

"Some scouts on the road think he's overrated and some think he's the next Richard Sherman," the exec said. "We all agree that he's going to win the combine and that (Mike) Mayock won't stop talking about him." As an addendum, NFL.com's Lance Zierlein passed along this nugget about Ramsey's future NFL position: "Most of the personnel men I've spoken with see safety as his best position."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 9 - 6:20 PM

FSU signed four-star DT Cedric Wood.

As a senior at Godby High in Tallahassee, Wood recorded 57 tackles (12 for loss) and three sacks. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder also saw interest from SEC squads Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina, but committed to Florida State in April of 2014 and never looked back. He hits the ESPN 300 at No. 203, with their scouting department noting that Wood, "can be tough to move with one blocker and can be active and violent with his hands" and "has a good bull rush and the closing speed to get to the QB." On the more critical side of the ledger, they'd like to see him add "good mass" and believe he "can become more consistent in playing with a low pad level and can give ground when doesn't win with quickness and leverage."
Feb 8 - 11:29 PM

During Friday's All-Star Football Challenge, FSU K Roberto Aguayo absolutely slaughtered the speed-kicking competition.

Aguayo was a perfect 7-for-7 on his boots, hitting two kicks from 35 yards out, two from 45, two from 50 and one from 53. The 6-foot-1, 209-pounder's shooting to become the first kicker drafted in the Top-100 since Mike Nugent in 2005. Somewhat unbelievable, but true--the three-time All-American Aguayo is the first FSU player to achieve that three-feat since Deion Sanders.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 6 - 6:27 PM

FSU DB Jalen Ramsey defeated Notre Dame WR William Fuller and Baylor WR Corey Coleman in a hands competition during the All-Star Football Challenge on Friday.

We're uncertain as to the point of the All-Star Football Challenge, but that Ramsey proved more adept at catching the ball than players who will literally make their livelihoods catching the ball is sign enough of his insane skill-set. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound Florida State product did not drop a pass from the Jugs machine and once his portion of the competition was completed, he ran up and dunked the ball on the goalpost. "I got hands just like a wide receiver," Ramsey said. In his second Big Board of 2016, Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranked the versatile defender his No. 6 prospect in the draft pool.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 6 - 5:09 PM

FSU DE coach Brad Lawing indicated that the team knew four-star DT Shavar Manuel would flip from his Florida commitment.

We'll let Lawing explain. Said the Seminole assistant, "I called him up [after he announced his Florida commitment in early January], asked what's going on, and he said, 'I'm just getting some pressure from people'." Lawing indicated that the 6-foot-4, 280-pound Manuel was told to "tell the damn Gators anything they want to hear." Concluded the coach, "So he didn't just flip tonight. We've known about this for about two weeks." Manuel signed his letter of intent in private, to avoid outside pressure. HC Jimbo Fisher wouldn't let on that his squad's known about it for several weeks, but there's probably more to the puzzle than's currently out there right now. Regardless of this weirdness, the end result is that Manuel enters a strong Florida State stable of recruits for the 2016 cycle.
Source: ESPN
Feb 4 - 4:41 PM

Florida State signed four-star T Jauan Williams.

"The coaching staff was always there for me since my sophomore year," Williams said. The 6-foot-7, 307-pound Washington D.C. native checks into the ESPN 300 at No. 110. "Williams is a promising OT prospect," the site's scouting report read. "Still a bit of a developmental prospect he brings some very good raw tools to work with. Still growing into his frame didn't look quite as comfortable as a junior and unless great strides made as a senior, not an ideal early contributor, but with some further work can grow into an excellent Power-5 OT."
Source: USA Today
Feb 3 - 6:53 PM

Florida State signed four-star T Landon Dickerson.

Dickerson is stupidly athletic. In high school, he lined up all over the place, including the backfield at times. He projects as either a right tackle or guard. "Can deliver a strong initial pop and when asked to block down can bury defenders," noted ESPN. "Demonstrates ability to come off with pad level, though inconsistent hip roll, and get hand placement and generate some movement. Displays adequate body control and ability to use good angles to be an effective second level blocker." Dickerson is the No. 64 player in the ESPN300.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 5:21 PM

Florida State signed four-star LB Dontavious Jackson.

The Seminoles poached Jackson from Texas and beat out the Longhorns, Alabama, Florida and Michigan for his services. The Houston native, an Under Armour All-American, is the No. 65 overall recruit in the class of 2016 according to Scout and the No. 123 prospect in ESPN's eyes. "Jackson is a downhill thumper with great size and physicality," says ESPN. "Shows flashes of quickness and agility but feel his production will come between the tackles and not outside at the college level. More third down versatility will really add to his upside. Added size may also dictate a move to line of scrimmage."
Feb 3 - 5:06 PM

Florida State signed four-star CB Carlos Becker.

Becker checks in No. 46 overall in the ESPN300 and ranks as the site's No. 7 corner in the class. "Becker is tall, fluid, fast closing and quick to recover," the site noted. "Smart player who has a little nasty in him. Really well-rounded in run and both support and scheme versatile. Big upside when he adds a little bulk to his frame." Becker will be an elite press cover corner if he realizes his potential.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 2:44 PM

Four-star DT Shavar Manuel signed with Florida State.

Manuel had been committed to Florida since early January, saying at the time that he was "listening to [his] heart." Apparently his heart sang a different tune at the last minute, because he signed with in-state rival Florida State on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder checks in as the No. 84 recruiting prospect in the country on Scout.com. They absolutely love his strength for this point in his development, noting that Manuel "can really be a force on the inside" and could be "a real terror" once he's up-to-speed with the Seminoles.
Feb 3 - 1:14 PM

Four-star DE Brian Burns signed with Florida State.

Burns opted for the Seminoles over Georgia and Florida. The Gators made a late run and clocked an official visit in late January, but alas for their cause, it was not to be. The 6-foot-5, 213-pound Burns is on the wiry side for a defensive end and will have to put on some weight if he doesn't want to be tossed around by the big boys in the ACC. Beyond that, though, he's quick and his pass rushing is good enough that he could see some early run with the Seminoles. ESPN 300 notes that Burns projects either as a defensive end or potentially an outside linebacker.
Feb 3 - 12:31 PM

Florida State freshman S Derwin James was "was perhaps the most well-rounded defensive back in the entire country last season," writes Jeff Dooley of Pro Football Focus.

As a true frosh, James trailed only Duke’s Jeremy Cash in PFF's safety grades with top-20 finishes in coverage, against the run and as a pass-rusher. "He allowed just 169 yards thrown into his coverage and produced 19 total pressures, including four sacks, making him an all-around menace for opposing quarterbacks," Dooley wrote. The site sees James as one of the 10 best returning players in all of college football.
Feb 2 - 5:35 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks FSU sophomore RB Dalvin Cook as the No. 8 returning player in college football.

Cook is a Rotoworld favorite who was overshadowed in the college football landscape by the likes of Christian McCaffrey, Leonard Fournette and Derrick Henry last fall. "He finished seventh in rushing grade, and stood out even more so in a couple of our PFF Signature Stats. He ranked No. 2 in yards after contact per attempt and No. 1 in elusive rating – two measures of how effective a running back is independent of his blocking," wrote Jeff Dooley. Cook finished 2015 with 1,691 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns. He's a primo Heisman darkhorse candidate.
Feb 2 - 4:41 PM


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