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Florida State RB Devonta Freeman is visiting the Vikings on Thursday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Wilson adds Freeman previously visited the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. We see Freeman as the best running back in this draft, due to his no-nonsense running style and experience as a pass protector and a receiver. He fits best in a heavy zone blocking scheme, but is not limited to one.
Apr 17 - 12:46 PM

ESPN analyst Herm Edwards ranks Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner as his No. 5 CB.

Joyner checks in behind Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State), Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State), Bradley Roby (Ohio State) and Jason Verrett (TCU). Edwards writes that Joyner's size (5-foot-8, 184 pounds) is going to limit him to nickel back duties. "The bigger question is going to be: Can he hold up against the run?" Edwards wrote. "He's a very competitive CB with good vision and instincts but is better against quicker receivers than seam-stretching tight ends."
Apr 16 - 6:01 PM

The New York Times blasted Florida State and the Tallahassee police on Wednesday, reporting that its examination of QB Jameis Winston's sexual assault case found that "there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university."

State Attorney Willie Meggs was quoted as saying that the police "just missed all the basic fundamental stuff that you are supposed to do." Specifically, Meggs was perturbed that the cops waited two weeks to contact Winston after the accuser identified him as her attacker -- and then they did so by phone. "It's insane to call a suspect on the phone," Meggs said. An internal Tallahassee police e-mail stated that the department had "received a call from the Athletic Directors Assistant inquiring about the case." The Times also reported that a second woman -- who did not accuse the QB of rape -- sought counseling after a sexual encounter with Winston. The reigning Heisman winner declined comment, and his attorney, David Cornwell, said, "We don't need an investigation, thorough or otherwise, to know that Jameis did not sexually assault this young lady."
Apr 16 - 5:02 PM

Panthers WR coach Ricky Proehl is visiting FSU on Wednesday.

Proehl will obviously be taking a look at Kelvin Benjamin, but could also be checking out Kenny Shaw. Scrolling through Proehl's twitter feed, he has recently taken visits to Coastal Carolina, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Wyoming, Fresno State, USC and Oregon State.
Apr 16 - 10:38 AM

Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan will reportedly arrive in Dallas on Monday night for a pre-draft visit.

Dallas needs all sorts of help on the defensive line, and Jernigan is one potential option in the mid-first round. Late last month, Evan Silva and Josh Norris identified DE, S, and DT, in order, as the Cowboys' draft needs. Pitt's Aaron Donald is probably Dallas' preference, but he very well may be gone by the No. 16 pick. In Dallas' Draft Analysis piece, Norris wrote of Jernigan: "I know Jernigan is frequently listed as a first-round pick, but I stand by placing him outside of the top 40. Jernigan is also consistently called a three technique. I do not see it. In fact, I would rather he play the one-technique and work through blockers. He can be effective when getting a good jump off the ball, delivering a strong punch, and playing a yard in the backfield. Jernigan struggles most when attempting to move laterally, especially as a pass rusher."
Apr 14 - 7:21 PM

FSU RB James Wilder Jr., who is expected be selected in may's draft, was arrested on Sunday on an outstanding warrant related to a charge of driving with a suspended license, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Wilder recently visited the Bucs, although he counts as a local prospect. Wilder Jr. left FSU a year early and offers a powerful running style despite his upright posture. Wilder Jr. was also arrested in 2012 and was accused of battery on an officer, pleading no contest to a lesser charge. He later spent some time in jail after violating probation. As you can see, this is not his first run in with law enforcement.
Apr 14 - 12:34 PM

Two NFL evaluators interviewed by NJ.com believe Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan is a first-round pick.

"He can do a lot of things," an AFC executive said. "He’s very strong. He’s a first-rounder." A scouting director from a NFC team is given pause by the 6-foot-2, 292-pound Jernigan's lack of height, but still thinks he'll slot at the end of Round 1. An NFC scout concluded with a sobering reminder of Jernigan's final collegiate game: "He tapped out in the championship game. On that last Auburn drive, you couldn’t find him." Jernigan can struggle to work through blockers; he's at his best anchoring at the line of scrimmage or getting a beat on the snap and exploding into the backfield with timing.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 13 - 10:42 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston completed 27 of 56 attempts for 396 yards and two scores in Saturday's spring game.

"I thought Jameis started out slow early. We didn't have many guys open and that secondary was locking them down," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We gradually got guys open and he made some throws." Winston didn't take any time off after the game, earning the save and taking an RBI walk in Sunday's baseball game against Georgia Tech. "Physically, some days I was drained. I'm a busy man. I got to study and I'm a regular college student. Football is not my job yet," Winston said. "I got to carry out my everyday life. I'm going to be tired sometimes and if Jimbo asks me, 'Jameis,are you tired?' I'm going to say, 'No, coach.' It's how college life is but I love it."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 13 - 9:15 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt reports that FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin's agent Eugene Parker denies that he blew off a NFL Coach.

"Eugene Parker, Kelvin Benjamin's agent, told me KB never blew off workout with NFL coach. I told him I'm sticking with my story from my source," Brandt tweeted. Previously it was reported by Brandt, that Benjamin blew of a NFL coach for a private workout because he was "too tired." It's interesting to notice the timing of this story, as this could cause his stock to drop if the story may be true. Could a team hoping for Benjamin to fall be behind this? Moving forward, any team with Benjamin on their radar will have to decide which side of the story they believe. This is not the kind of story any prospect wants lingering out there, prior to the draft. Benjamin and his management team will have to step forward and make sure they control the narrative.
Apr 10 - 11:28 PM

FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin "blew off" a workout with an NFL coach who made a "special trip" for the visit, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Per Brandt, Benjamin said he was "too tired." We aren't sure if the specified coach was a head or positional coach, but this is not positive buzz. Benjamin was slow to develop during his time at FSU and broke out on the scene during his 23 year-old redshirt sophomore season. He still had lapses in concentration, which led to a drop rate over nine percent.
Apr 10 - 3:41 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis noted that FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin's weight is a reason why "a number of scouts and personnel people like Evans a lot better."

"Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin are, in a lot of ways, the same guy," Davis told 93.7 The Fan. "But, I do know that a number of scouts and personnel people like Evans a lot better really for this reason – he doesn’t weigh over 240 pounds, 240 pound receivers scare the heck out of NFL personnel people because when you do your studies, and you go back and look, name the 240 pound receiver that was – forget All-Pro- that was productive over a period of time. They just really haven’t. He’s not out there." The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Benjamin does run well for his size, but does lack elite speed. What Benjamin lacks in speed, he makes up for it with rare size, which easily makes him a physical mismatch for defenders. With Benjamin's ability to dominate at the catch point, and the potential as a "Joker" tight end conversion, his stock still remains high enough for his name to be called in second half of the first round.
Apr 8 - 5:35 PM

Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan recently visited the Titans, according to beat writer Jim Wyatt.

Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton will implement an odd man front and has traditionally called for bigger bodies to anchor the nose tackle position. The team's former zero or one technique, Jurrell Casey, is more of an upfield disruptor and will likely move away from the spot, while Jernigan is better at holding the line of scrimmage. The Seminole can have great flashes, but his play is not consistent.
Apr 8 - 10:18 AM

FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin, Oklahoma CB Aaron Colvin and Montana LB Jordan Tripp all visited with the Eagles on Monday.

At 6-foot-5, 240-pounds, Chip Kelly could have all sorts of fun scheming Benjamin into areas of the field where his athletic ability could gobble up chunks of yards at a time. Keep in mind, though, that Benjamin had lapses on easy catches last year and half his receptions were made 11-plus yards down the field. Colvin can be had at a discount (likely a third-day selection) because he tore his ACL during Senior Bowl week. Many mentioned Colvin as a top-40 possibility prior to the injury. Tripp could go as high as the third round.
Apr 7 - 9:39 PM

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is investigating Florida State's handling of sexual assault allegations against Jameis Winston.

"Our client is particularly gratified by the OCR's decision to investigate and look for discrimination and find remedies to it," the accuser's lawyer, Baine Kerr, said, "because her primary goal, from the beginning, has been affecting change that will make women at Florida State safer on campus." The accuser said she was raped by Winston on Dec. 7, 2012. The school interviewed Winston about the incident in January 2013, a potential federal law violation due to the investigation delay.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 6 - 10:34 PM

FSU RB Devonta Freeman will work out for the Dolphins this week.

The Miami Herald is also reporting that the organization will host Arizona CB Shaquille Richardson and his teammate OLB Marquis Flowers. Clubs are allowed to bring in as many as 30 non-local players, so Richardson and Flowers will count towards that allotment while Freeman is a freebie. Freeman, a compact runner who is slippery between the tackles and is a plus receiver out of the backfield, scampered for 1,016 yards on 5.9 yards per carry in helping FSU win the title last season.
Apr 6 - 9:30 PM


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