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Rotoworld's Josh Norris views FSU's Dalvin Cook as the top RB heading into the season.

Many view LSU's Leonard Fournette as the leading man at the position, and some even see him as the No. 1 prospect in the class. Cook, however, steals Norris' heart thanks to his market share of the Seminoles' rushing totals last year and ability to create big plays (20-plus yard runs) on a ridiculous basis. All while dealing with ankle and hamstring issues. Cook and Fournette, along with a number of other ball carriers, are leading the running back revolution.
Source: Rotoworld
May 6 - 9:55 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. was one of many draft analysts who loved the Jaguars' 2016 draft, assigning them an 'A' for their strong work.

"Defense, defense, defense ... and hey, they need it. The defense was a trainwreck last year, frankly," Kiper wrote. The analyst is understandably high on Jacksonville's first two picks in FSU S Jalen Ramsey and UCLA LB Myles Jack, noting that if Jack can stay healthy, he could develop into "one of the biggest steals of recent draft history." Two picks does not an "A" make, though, and Kiper was also complimentary of selections such as Maryland DE Yannick Ngakoue (third round), Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day (fourth round) and Arkansas QB Brandon Allen (sixth round).
May 5 - 8:17 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter ranked Cleveland's UDFA crop No. 2 in the league.

"Cornerback Kenya Dennis is an athletic player with potential. On offense, tight end J.P. Holtz is a solid pass-catcher," Reuter wrote. "Paul James from Rutgers would have been a mid-round pick without the injury issues, so don't be surprised if he shocks some NFL folks with his explosiveness in the preseason." The analyst also loved the additions of nose tackles Nile Lawrence-Stample and Kyle Rose after Cleveland eschewed the position in the Draft.
Source: NFL.com
May 4 - 7:05 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva says the Jaguars aced the 2016 NFL Draft, giving the organization an A-.

After finishing 31st in Football Outsiders' pass-defense DVOA, Jacksonville was thrilled that DB Jalen Ramsey slipped to the No. 5 pick. Their good fortune continued from there. OLB Myles Jack -- Rotoworld's No. 1 overall prospect -- fell to the Jags at No. 36 due to knee concerns, giving Jacksonville arguably "the top-two overall prospects in this draft," Silva wrote. Rotoworld liked all of Jacksonville's picks after that, from Maryland DE/OLB Yannick Ngakoue in the third to underrated Notre Dame DT Sheldon Day in the fourth to hyper-efficient Arkansas QB Brandon Allen in the sixth.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 4:20 PM

Browns signed Florida State DT Nile Lawrence-Stample.

Lawrence-Stample (6'1/320) was a two-year starter for the Seminoles, rebounding from an injury-plagued junior year to post 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks as a senior en route to first-team All-ACC honors from the conference's coaches. Lawrence-Stample is a thickly-built fire hydrant with run-stuffing potential, but he offers zero in the way of pass rush and didn't dominate on early downs at FSU. Lawrence-Stample was an overrated college player with an NFL backup's ceiling.
May 2 - 9:58 PM

Steelers signed Florida State DL Giorgio Newberry.

Newberry (6'6/285) was a backup throughout his Seminoles career, seeing action at defensive end and tackle and even dabbling at tight end in 2013. He managed two career sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. Newberry did show adequate athleticism at the Combine, running 4.94 with a 30-inch vertical. Not a productive collegiate and turning 25 during his rookie campaign, Newberry has very little upside. He'll try to hang around as a versatile end-tackle reserve.
May 2 - 6:21 PM

Chiefs signed Florida State LB Terrance Smith.

Smith (6'3/235) made 29 starts for the Seminoles, compiling 13 career tackles for loss, three sacks, and three forced fumbles. Smith earned second-team All-ACC in 2014 before battling a senior-year ankle injury that cost him four games. He showed passable athleticism in Indy, running 4.77 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Smith looks good on the hoof, but he missed 24 tackles over his final two college seasons and wasn't an impact player in the ACC. He's a long shot to become a successful pro.
May 2 - 5:11 PM

Titans signed Florida State S Lamarcus Brutus.

Brutus (6'0/206) spent his first three college seasons as a sub-package DB and special teamer before taking over as the starting free safety as a senior, where he tallied three interceptions and was named honorable mention All-ACC. His athletic shortcomings showed up in pre-draft testing, running 4.76 with a 9-foot-6 broad jump in Indianapolis. Brutus' pro projection is special teams gunner.
May 2 - 4:46 PM

An NFL general manager told Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman that the Buccaneers' selection of Florida State K Roberto Aguayo at No. 59 overall pick was "the dumbest pick in the history of the draft."

In trading third- and fourth-round picks to move up into the end of Round 2 to take a kicker, Tampa Bay drew heavy criticism from Freeman's sources. Not everyone disagreed with the thinking, however. One scout, for instance, said that recent rule changes have made kickers more valuable, further arguing that they will be as valuable as running backs within a few years. The Bucs, who played in 10 games last year decided by 10 points or less, clearly believe Aguayo (69-of-78 on field goals and 198-of-198 on extra points in college) can become a difference-maker in close games.
May 1 - 2:59 PM

Buccaneers selected Florida State K Roberto Aguayo with the No. 59 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Aguayo (6'0/207) was the best kicker in the nation for the duration of his Seminoles career, earning the Lou Groza Award as a redshirt freshman and first-team All-ACC each of the next two seasons. All told, Aguayo went 69-of-78 (88.5%) on field goals and 198-of-198 on extra points. In January, Aguayo become the first placekicker to declare early for the NFL draft since Sebastian Janikowski in 2000.
Apr 29 - 9:24 PM

Raven beat writer Jeff Zrebiec reports the team attempted to trade up to the No. 4 with the Cowboys to select FSU DB Jalen Ramsey.

Jerry Jones said the Ravens were attempting to move up for Elliott, but we think the Ramsey report makes more sense. Ramsey was expected to be picked at either No. 4 or No. 5, and the Ravens new this. There is not a Jalen Ramsey clone for the Ravens to target on the second day of the draft. He is a unique player.
Apr 29 - 9:34 AM

Jaguars selected Florida State CB Jalen Ramsey with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Ramsey (6'1/209) made 41 starts in three years at FSU, logging 15.5 career tackles for loss, 26 pass breakups, and three INTs. He earned second-team All-America in 2015, yielding just a 38.5% completion rate on throws into his coverage. Ramsey doubles as a track and field star and predictably blew up the Combine, running 4.41 with a 41 1/2-inch vertical and 11-foot-3 broad jump. Ramsey wasn't a dominant ballhawk in the ACC, but he offers an ideal blend of size, athleticism, and cover skills to become a high-end NFL starter at outside corner or free safety.
Apr 28 - 8:56 PM

Reporting from Chargers headquarters on NFL Network, Jeff Chadiha predicted the organization would draft FSU DB Jalen Ramsey No. 3 overall.

Recent reports had the Chargers moving towards DE DeForest Buckner or T Ronnie Stanley, but defensive coaches pounding the table for a prospect some view as the class' best player may win the day. Rotoworld's Josh Norris slotted Stanley to the Chargers at 3, while Thor Nystrom gave them Ramsey. "The Chargers have more pressing needs along the offensive and defensive lines, but in the end they select the class’ premier game changer," Nystrom wrote. If the Chargers take Ramsey, the smart money has the Cowboys taking Ezekiel Elliott right behind them.
Source: NFL Network
Apr 28 - 5:51 PM

Cowboys HC Jason Garrett says Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey is a "great player" who "leaps off the tape."

Garrett rhapsodized over Ramsey, saying he was "an impact player at the highest level" who plays both safety and corner "equally well" and was "highly endorsed by everybody at Florida State." We're hearing Dallas already knows who it wants at No. 4. Reading between the lines, it seems highly possible that Dallas knows San Diego will take Ramsey at No. 3 and thus is not concerned about the implications of telegraphing interest in him. The consensus opinion has the Cowboys choosing between Ohio State DE Joey Bosa and RB Ezekiel Elliott.
Apr 25 - 8:01 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn't intend to trade the No. 4 pick.

Dallas' plan is to select the best available player. And just who that may be? We've read reports that Jalen Ramsey is the top player on their board. The Cowboys also say their biggest need is an edge rusher, leading many to mock Joey Bosa No. 4. We'll find out soon.
Apr 25 - 5:20 PM


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