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Florida State junior DE Mario Edwards "has the makeup of the ideal 3-4 end or 4-3 tackle who can disrupt the backfield in a number of ways," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

"He utilizes long arms and strong hands to keep blockers out of his frame, and does a good job of maintaining vision, awareness and patience when engaged with taller opponents," Stephens wrote. "When given space off the line, Edwards exhibits good acceleration that transitions nicely to power on contact, as he's routinely able to force tackles to retreat, and eat up any space to the quarterback's left. He's flexible and loose-hipped when asked to establish position underneath his opponent or change direction, and he has the balance to recover and stay on course when tossed or knocked aside by blockers." The 6-foot-3, 294 pounder, the No. 1-ranked recruit of the 2012 class, could stand to improve upon his snap count anticipation and his leverage, according to the analyst.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 9 - 6:26 PM

Florida State senior T Cameron Erving is in a "position to be a top-five selection in next year's draft," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

"As a run-blocker, Erving displays the toughness and aggression that made him an impact performer on the other side of the football as he works to finish opponents with strong hands and impressive natural power in his lower half," wrote Stephens. "However, he also possesses the light feet and fluidity to thwart some of the nations best edge rushers as was evident in his shutout performance against fellow top 2015 draft prospect Vic Beasley (DE, Clemson) last season." The 6-foot-6, 302-pound senior "needs to become a more consistent technician," according to the analyst, who believes Erving's footwork can get sloppy. Erving also must eliminate a propensity to bend at the waist.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 9 - 6:13 PM

Florida State junior DB P.J. Williams is "an ideal outside corner prospect for the next level," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The 6-foot, 196-pound Williams has played both corner and safety for the Seminoles, but he'll be a corner in the pros. "Williams demonstrates an impressive combination of speed, fluidity and physicality that make him an ideal outside corner prospect for the next level, and another year of experience with continued consistency could put him in contention to be among the first cornerbacks off the board in 2015 should he elect to enter the draft after his junior season," Stephens wrote. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Williams as the No. 1 underclassmen corner last month.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 9 - 5:24 PM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston is "causing some scouts to question his pro-readiness" because of his off-field transgressions, according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The Heisman Trophy winner had a rocky offseason, finding himself in the middle of an investigation for sexual assault and getting charged with shoplifting. "There's no doubt Winston would be the top overall prospect for the 2015 draft if these two areas of question weren't so magnified," Stephens wrote. "Thus, 2014 presents an opportunity for him to quell both concerns and establish position as the unquestionable front-runner to be selected first overall, should he choose to turn pro next spring."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 9 - 5:07 PM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston purchased an insurance policy with a coverage of $8 million to $10 million, according to Rand Getlin.

"Sources say players who obtain large insurance policies prior to the season almost always enter the NFL draft at season's end," Getlin tweeted just after reporting the news. Winston's father recently stated he expects Jameis to play two more seasons of football and one more year of baseball, but this development could steer the quarterback in a different direction. "Policies the size of Winston's can carry a $55,000 to $60,000 premium payment per year, which industry sources say most players have to obtain by financing," Getlin adds.
Jul 1 - 10:39 AM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston was named the ACC's male Athlete of the Year on Friday.

Well, duh. Winston won the Heisman trophy on the football field and led the Seminoles to a National Championship. As a pitcher on the baseball team, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound hurler made 24 relief appearances and paced the Seminoles with seven saves and a 1.08 ERA in 33 1/3 innings pitched. Winston's father says his son will stay in college for two more years. We'll believe it when we see it.
Jun 28 - 2:20 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston would benefit from staying in college for two more seasons.

This has been a topic of discussion since Winston's father revealed publicly that the family would like the Heisman winner to stick around Tallahassee for two more seasons. Brooks' argument is four-pronged: 1.) College graduates have statistically longer NFL careers, 2.) He'll acclimate to the pros quicker with more collegiate starts, 3.) Winston can rehabilitate his image at FSU over the next two years, and, 4.) Playing another season of baseball could give Winston contract leverage with his future NFL employer.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 22 - 4:29 PM

ESPN correspondent Phil Steele ranks Florida State as the No. 1 team in the nation.

"This year the Seminoles have the most talented team in the country, with seven of their eight positional units ranking in my top 10 and the other position (running back) ranking No. 12 in the country," Steele wrote. The team returns Heisman winner QB Jameis Winston, breakout candidate RB Karlos Williams, stud WR Rashad Greene, 114 career starts on the OL, and six defensive starters including All-American candidates P.J. Williams, Ronald Darby and Jalen Ramsey. "The schedule sets up nicely as the Seminoles get a very inexperienced Oklahoma State team in the opener," Steele wrote. "They get Clemson, Notre Dame and Florida all at home, which are arguably their three toughest foes. Last year they won their games by an average of 52-12 and could very well be a double-digit favorite in every game this year. While they have the large target of being the defending champs, they clearly have the talent and schedule to repeat and get my call to do so."
Jun 21 - 6:23 PM

Florida State Seminoles are the No.1 contender for the College Football Playoffs, according to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

"The Seminoles will have to play 15 games to win the national championship. Very possible with Heisman quarterback and strong offensive line," Brandt wrote. The Seminoles have one of the most talented teams in the country and with Jameis Winston under center, he has a shot at winning back-to-back Heismans in 2014. The Seminoles also have a good group of capable tailbacks, led by Karlos Williams. FSU has no shortage of big-play threats at receiver, with WR Rashad Greene leading the group of talent. Even though the Seminoles lost some talent on their 3-4 defense to the draft, they could improve in their second year under defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 20 - 9:04 PM

The father of FSU redshirt sophomore Jameis Winston says the plan all along has been for the QB to play two more years of football and one more year of baseball.

"We've never strayed from our plan that he is going to be in college until he gets that degree," Antonor Winston told AL.com. "We have heard for him to go in the first round of the baseball draft then he will have to give up football." The debate over which sport Jameis should pursue has already started in media circles. This timeline would put the quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft. At this point, none of this matters, since a large number of prospects go back on their word during declaration season. But keep it in the back of your mind.
Source: AL.com
Jun 19 - 8:43 AM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks ranks Florida State senior T Cameron Erving as his No. 2 tackle.

"The 6-6, 302-pound senior is a dancing bear on the edge, exhibiting outstanding balance and body control on the perimeter. He moves defenders off the ball with ease, yet is nimble enough to shadow elusive rushers on the edges. With another year to master the fundamentals and footwork at the position, Erving should be well positioned to make a run at the top spot by season's end," Brooks wrote. Evaluators like the fact that Erving has the size and athleticism they look for in elite tackles at the next level. The Florida State prospect has good hand strength as well, which could help him on his quest to be one of the top tackles off the board in the 2015 draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 16 - 11:54 PM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary is listed by ESPN's Mel Kiper as the No. 1 senior tight end.

O'Leary was named as a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award last year after catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns. "Solid but unspectacular, O'Leary has good hands but lacks an elite catch radius and flexibility and won't be considered a matchup problem," Kiper wrote. "He's also a strong kid but not the kind of blocker who can hold up a decent pass-rusher. Old-school, versatile player who could be useful in an H-back role." O'Leary missed a portion of spring practices after he was involved in a second major motorcycle accident. The NFL won't allow his bike career to continue.
Jun 14 - 11:43 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Florida State junior DB P.J. Williams as the No. 1 underclassmen corner back.

Williams has played both corner and safety for the Seminoles, but he profiles better as a CB in the pros, due in part to his 6-foot, 196-pound frame. "Outstanding instincts," Kiper wrote. "The thing that jumps out to me first about Williams is how quickly he diagnoses and attacks the play in front of him, whether it's a receiver with a ball in his hands after a short catch, or a running back in the flat. Williams can play either corner or safety, but he has carved out an impressive start to his career at corner." Following in the footsteps of Terrence Brooks, Lamarcus Joyner and Xavier Rhodes, Williams should become the next highly-drafted Seminoles' defensive back.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 10:06 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes that Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "has undeniable talent, but maturity is a concern."

"I can't conclude the report without mentioning the possible character concerns NFL teams could have about the Heisman Trophy winner after an extensive investigation for sexual assault and a shoplifting charge during the offseason. Both matters have been resolved, but scouts will spend a lot of time digging into Winston's background to see if he will be a problem child at the next level," While many evaluators have gone over Winston's game tape with a fine-tooth comb, the next area of focus will be on what he does off the field. If he can convince teams he's matured and is ready to take on a leadership role at the next level, his stock will stay intact.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 11 - 8:17 PM

FSU's Rashad Greene ranks as Mel Kiper's top senior WR.

"Nobody who watched most of FSU's games last year would say Benjamin was the team's best receiver. That was Greene..." Kiper writes. Stanford's Ty Montgomery, Louisville's DeVante Parker, Baylor's Antwan Goodley and UNLV's Devante Davis round out the top five at the position.
Source: ESPN
Jun 11 - 1:39 PM


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