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ESPN believes Florida State redshirt freshman WR Tamorrion Terry could have a breakout season in 2018.

Terry "has shown quickness and had the advantage in many one-on-one matchups during practices." The 6-5, 205 pounder was a starting wide receiver in the spring game due to injuries but made the most of it, racking up over 150 yards and a touchdown. With the Seminoles' former No. 1 wideout in Auden Tate draft bound, Terry will have a chance to play a significant role in the passing game.
Source: ESPN
Apr 25 - 11:45 AM

An anonymous scout told Bob McGinn Football that Florida State S Derwin James is "a true interchangeable safety."

The scout explained that James "can play on the hash and cover ground. Yet he can come down to the slot and cover. He’s what you want. He’s a stud." A second scout isn't as optimistic about James, saying "He’s living off his rep, just kind of floats around. How he looks is what gets him by. You won’t see a better looking guy physically but he just doesn’t make a lot of plays or factor a lot. Lot of hype. You’re banking on that he’ll look better." James has been connected to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at pick No. 7 and it is reportedly the "worst kept secret" in the NFL.
Apr 25 - 11:22 AM

An NFC scouting director told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Florida State S Derwin James is "still learning so he has a sky-high projection if his play can catch up to the talent."

"He is going to be the dude in any locker room he ends up in. That's his makeup. Physically, he's probably more talented than Jamal Adams but Adams was more consistent as a player," the scouting director said. On Monday, ESPN's Todd McShay was reporting that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were eyeing James with the No. 7 overall selection in the draft, going so far as to call their love for the Florida State standout the "worst kept secret" in the NFL. Even if the Bucs opt to go in another direction, such as Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, James will almost certainly be scooped up before Round 1 is halfway done on Thursday.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 24 - 1:59 PM

FanRag Sports draft analyst Jon Ledyard reports that there's still interest in Florida State edge-rusher Josh Sweat in the late-first, early-second round.

Ledyard specifically mentions the Seahawks as a team that could target Sweat, particularly after a trade down from the 18th pick in the draft. Earlier reports indicated that schools have concerns with Sweat because of his past health issues, and that teams have him completely off the board. If Sweat does slide, Ledyard mentions the Titans, Washington, Giants, Jets and Patriots as teams that could pounce. Sweat is going to be one of the more fascinating cases to watch over the weekend.
Apr 23 - 8:45 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay reports that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have narrowed in on Florida State S Derwin James with the seventh pick.

McShay goes as far as to say that James to the Buccaneers is the "worst kept secret" in the NFL right now. There were reports last week that the former Seminole turned down an invitation to a private workout with Tampa Bay, but that wasn't about the team specifically, but rather that he felt satisfied with his workout at the NFL Scouting Combine. If Alabama S Minkah Fitzpatrick is still on the board as expected we could see the Crimson Tide standout going to the Bucs, but on paper, the James to Tampa Bay fit makes an awful lot of sense.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 8:37 PM

An AFC director of scouting told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Florida State TE Ryan Izzo "brings it as a blocker."

"So many of these guys are really soft now and you have to cut through the clutter just to find out if they are tough enough since they aren't really asked to block that much anymore. Izzo is a real blocker," the scouting director said of the 6-foot-5, 256-pound Izzo. At the NFL Scouting Combine, the Florida State product tested in the 16th percentile of NFL tight ends. Izzo's worth is not tied directly to the pure athletic measurables which would be used to evaluate a more offensively-focused tight end prospect, though. The blocking stalwart figures to come off the board at some point on Day 3 this coming Saturday.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 5:02 PM

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports that "some NFL clubs have moved [Florida State edge rusher Josh Sweat' down their draft boards or in the case for some teams completely off the board" due to concerns over his health.

While the 6-foot-4, 251-pound Sweat rocked the NFL Scouting Combine with a composite testing score ranking in the 95th percentile of NFL edge rushers, it would appear that there's still real worry in some corners over his surgically-repaired left knee. Florida State coddled that knee by degrees this past season -- Sweat was not an everyday practice participant -- and Rapoport notes that "not being able to practice every day raises concerns." The Saints, Redskins, Giants and Titans all hosted the edge rusher for predraft visits this spring. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom ranks him as the No. 26 overall prospect in the 2018 class even baking in those health question marks, while Nystrom colleague Josh Norris slots him in slightly more conservatively as the No. 45 overall prospect in the pool.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 2:57 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Florida State CB Tarvarus McFadden to New Orleans Saints CB Patrick Robinson.

McFadden was on first-round radars when the 2017 season started after his sensational sophomore year, but his struggles as a junior saw his stock drop precipitously. Zierlein does note that McFadden has ideal size (6'2/198) and has shown quality ball-skills, but he gets beaten too often and needs to show more patience in breaks. Someone who believes that McFadden can play at the 2016 level could take him in the third-or-fourth round, but Zierlein projects him to go in the middle of Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 5:25 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Florida State DT Derrick Nnadi to Pittsburgh Steelers DT Javon Hargrave.

Nnandi was an analytical favorite this year, ranking among the top defensive lineman for most of the 2017 season. Zierlein lists some of his strengths; including his productiveness as a tackler and his ability to maintain leverage in the run game. His concerns come in Nnandi's lack of ideal size (6'1/299) and that he doesn't always diagnose quickly. He gives him a grade between rounds three and four, so we could see Nnandi drafted late on Day 2 or early on Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 8:51 PM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports that Florida State S Derwin James turned down an invitation by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to take part in a private workout.

This was not James snubbing the Buccaneers specifically, but rather he and his team feeling satisfied with the safety standout's work at the NFL Scouting Combine. He apparently has not been alone in declining these types of workouts, with Breer writing that "that’s a decision I’ve heard a couple other kids projected inside the Top 15 or so picks have made as well." The reasoning, here, is that the workout and visit schedules for James and other top prospects have grown somewhat untenable -- especially with the NFL Scouting Combine being pushed back into March this year. The more workouts packed into a smaller space, the greater the chance for predraft injury.
Source: MMQB
Apr 19 - 6:15 PM

Florida State CB Tarvarus McFadden is taking an official predraft visit to the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday.

Should the 49ers be targeting McFadden with one of their Day 3 selections, he would have the luxury of learning the pro ropes alongside newly acquired veteran ace Richard Sherman. The 6-foot-2, 204-pounder could have worked himself more seriously into the Day 2 mix, but managed just 4.67 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein sees the Florida State corner flying off the board at some point in the Rounds 4-5 range.
Apr 18 - 12:17 PM

Florida State DT Derrick Nnadi is taking an official predraft visit to the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday.

While an NFC GM said earlier this draft season that Nnadi has "limited draft value" due to his lack of impact on passing downs, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein came away supremely impressed with the 6-foot-1, 317-pounder's tape, noting that he possesses a revved motor and has shown rock-solid hand usage. Zierlein also writes that Nnadi has a "robust build with burly booty." The analyst sees him drawing interest as early as the third round for next week's draft.
Apr 17 - 5:43 PM

According to a search warrant obtained by The Orlando Sentinel, a tip to Tallahassee police led to a two-month investigation into Florida State redshirt junior QB Deondre Francois as a potential seller of marijuana.

Francois was cited for marijuana possession last week, with authorities finding 17 grams of the substance in his possession. However, it appears that they were bracing for a bigger find. Per the search warrant, authorities began looking into Francois as a potential dealer after they were informed by an anonymous tipster who claimed to have seen the quarterback in possession of a large sack containing what was estimated as upwards of two pounds of the psychotropic substance. Authorities searched Francois' garbage on four separate occasions during the investigation, according to the search warrant. The quarterback remains with the team through all this turmoil. He was a limited participant in practice this spring as he continues his recovery from a torn patellar tendon in his left knee sustained last September. He's attempting to work his way back healthy enough to compete with James Blackman for starting honors for the upcoming season.
Apr 17 - 2:34 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Maurice Goolsby.

Goolsby (6'5/193) was one of three four-star prospect to commit to the Seminoles over the weekend, throwing his lot in along with G Dontae Lucas and LB Jaleel McRae. He had been committed to Florida last autumn, but opted to step away to reassess the recruiting landscape in late November. ESPN's scouting breakdown notes that while Goolsby would appear to be ticketed to the receiving room in Tallahassee, he actually has some upside as a defensive end, too, though his current build is far too slight to hold up there without added bulk.
Apr 16 - 3:45 PM

Florida State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 OLB Jaleel McRae.

McGee is the second four-star commitment for Florida State on Saturday, as they also received a verbal from guard Dontae Lucas. McRae was also reportedly considering Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and LSU, among others. He ranks 137th overall on 247 Sports list of the top prospects in 2019, and 12th in their linebacker ranks.
Apr 14 - 4:20 PM


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