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FSU junior DT Eddie Goldman is "leaning heavily" toward entering the 2015 NFL draft, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The website's Rand Getlin passes along that Goldman's parents have been holding meetings with potential agents. Goldman has collected 35 tackles this season, including eight for a loss. He leads Florida State with four sacks. Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes the projected first-rounder "has some similar traits" to Michael Brockers.
Dec 17 - 8:18 PM

FSU senior C Cameron Erving debuted on Mel Kiper's center rankings at No. 1.

Reese Dismukes and Hroniss Grasu, presumably, are shaking their heads forlornly somewhere right now. Erving's upside is higher than both long-time position-ranking stalwarts, so we're with Kiper on this one. "The coaching staff had actually worked with him there in the spring, and he was outstanding when they pulled the trigger on the move during the season," the analyst wrote. Kiper wrote last week that Erving will "go in Round 2 and stick at center, but he offers the versatility to play anywhere on the line."
Dec 17 - 5:48 PM

Citing a source, Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin says the number of non-seniors who declare for the 2015 draft could "dwarf" last year's record number of 107.

"The most cited reason for underclassmen jumping to the NFL? They're sick of playing without market-based compensation," Getlin tweeted. The NFL altered their Draft Advisory Board grading system in the hopes of preventing such an event, but it might not change a thing. Of the 107 prospects who declared last year despite having eligibility remaining, 45 went undrafted.
Dec 17 - 9:25 AM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary has accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-3, 244-pound FSU prospect has hauled in 47 catches for 614 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. O'Leary won the John Mackey Award in 2014, and was a semifinalist in 2013 after catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns. The FSU prospect is tied for seventh among tight ends in touchdowns, and is 10th and 11th in yards per game and receptions per game, respectively. Mel Kiper's No. 1 senior tight end is also the grandson of golf legend Jack Nichlaus.
Dec 15 - 3:08 PM

Former NFL executive Greg Gabriel says he would not draft FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston in any round.

"As good as he is on the field, he is extremely immature off, and there is not a doubt in my mind that his off-field issues have brought about the regression in his play this year," Gabriel writes. The former Bears director of college scouting also writes Winston has "excellent overall strength and athleticism" and projects the quarterback to run in 4.6's. "His overall athleticism is similar to Cam Newton’s but he is just not quite as fast as Newton was coming out," Gabriel adds. If that is true, it would be both surprising and beneficial to Winston's evaluation.
Dec 12 - 11:14 AM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes in his latest top-10 mock draft that "with Mettenberger on the mend" the Titans could possibly be forced to "reach" for FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston.

"It pains me to put Winston in this slot as I don’t think he deserves to be a top six selection. We always witness teams reach for signal callers and the Titans may be backed into a corner with Mettenberger on the mend," Pauline wrote. The Titans will have to weigh what they’ve seen from Mettenberger this season against the idea of having a top quarterback prospect in next year's draft.
Dec 11 - 2:42 PM

FSU junior DT Eddie Goldman "has some similar traits" to Michael Brockers, according to Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl.

Weidl specifically points to Goldman being able to help the run defense of the team that selects him. Brockers measured in at 6'5/322 at the Combine and presented limited explosive traits outside of average 3-cone and broad jump scores. However, Brockers is a very good run defender from the 1 technique spot. Goldman is currently listed around 6'4/315 pounds.
Dec 11 - 11:31 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes FSU junior DT Eddie Goldman "has a good chance to land in the first round if the draft is tomorrow."

"He's improved his play and is starting to live up to the enormous expectations tied to him since high school," Kiper wrote. Goldman must continue to show scouts he's polishing up his technique, so we hope he's available for the College Football Playoff after hurting his ankle against Georgia Tech. By all indications, he will be. "Goldman can go in Round 1, but he's no lock because several defensive tackles could move ahead of him during the draft process," Kiper wrote. "He needs experience, so you don't expect big things from him as a rookie."
Dec 10 - 5:54 PM

Florida State senior TE Nick O'Leary wins the Mackey Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top tight end.

The 6-foot-3, 244-pound O’Leary has hauled in 47 catches for 614 yards and seven touchdowns this year. O'Leary was a John Mackey Award semifinalist last year after catching 33 passes for 557 yards and seven touchdowns. The FSU prospect is tied for seventh among tight ends in touchdowns, and is 10th and 11th in yards per game and receptions per game, respectively.
Dec 10 - 4:02 PM

FSU redshirt sophomore kicker Roberto Aguayo has "a legit shot to be taken before the end of Day 2 of the draft" if he enters the draft early, writes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"This is a volatile position, and a bad preseason or start to the year can leave you out of a job," Kiper wrote. "You have to be extremely confident that you're ready to lock down a job." Aguayo, a Lou Groza Award Candidate, is trying to match former Seminole Sebastian Janikowski's (1999, 2000) feat being as the only repeat winners of the honor given to the nation’s top kicker.
Dec 9 - 11:41 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes FSU senior C Cameron Erving will "go in Round 2 and stick at center, but he offers the versatility to play anywhere on the line."

Kiper listed Erving as a "draft riser," a sentiment that the rest of the industry agrees with. Indeed, ever since Erving moved from LT to C last month, his star has been back on the rise. "It's not a total shock that Erving was able to move from left tackle to center and succeed there," Kiper wrote. "The coaching staff tried the move in the spring, so they kept it in their back pocket. On Saturday, I loved to see how well Erving was able to execute an initial block and then get to the second level. He has great quickness for a guy his size (6-4) and he's actually risen on my board after the move."
Dec 9 - 8:14 PM

FSU junior DT Eddie Goldman (ankle/foot) "projects as a top-40 defensive tackle prospect," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler

Goldman was carted to the locker room early in Saturday's game versus Georgia Tech due to a right ankle injury, but Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher he'll be healed in time to play in the Seminoles' Round 1 matchup versus Oregon on Jan. 1. "Teams are willing to gamble on difference-makers along the defensive line almost as much as they are quarterbacks, and no defensive tackle has captured the imagination of scouts more than Goldman this season," Brugler's colleague Rob Rang wrote on Monday. "Goldman is broad, powerful and surprisingly athletic."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 9 - 5:54 PM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston is "so freaking inaccurate to start games," according to one NFL scout.

"I would be deathly scared to have him," the same scout told Bob McGinn. "He's off the mark more than he's on. He has arm strength and a good delivery. He's a nightmare." None of this criticism appears to be linked with the questions some of about Winston's "character." Another scout heaped plenty of praise on Jameis, specifically pointing to the quarterback's ability to overcome pressure in the pocket.
Dec 9 - 10:41 AM

FSU redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "will continue to impress scouts who place a premium on the clutch factor in their evaluations," wrote NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

Brooks wanted to see a big bounceback performance from Winston in the ACC Championship Game, and he believes he saw it. Winston went 21-for-30 throwing for 309 yards and three touchdowns against the Yellow Jackets and didn't throw a pick. "He delivered accurate strikes to receivers at every level, including a pair of deep strikes to Nick O'Leary and Rashad Greene that resulted in touchdowns," Brooks wrote. "In addition, Winston wisely targeted his running back (Dalvin Cook) on check-downs when the defense played soft to take away deeper throws. Given the importance of staying on schedule in a championship game, Winston's patience and judgment will earn high marks from coaches when they evaluate the tape. Most important, his superb ball security in the game (he ended a six-game streak with at least one interception) will squash some of the concerns about his turnover woes."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 8 - 11:27 PM

Florida State senior WR Rashad Greene received a +2.2 game score for his work against Georgia Tech, according to Pro Football Focus.

Greene caught seven passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns in the 37-35 win, with 65 of those yards coming after the catch. "If there was a player that really stood out on the FSU offense when it came to the passing game it was Greene, though TE Nick O’Leary had a fine game also," wrote Sam Monson. "Greene made a series of big plays in the game and was the main threat, notching the most targets, receptions, yards and touchdowns on the team." NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah compares Greene to Broncos' WR Emmanuel Sanders.
Dec 8 - 10:18 PM


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