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FSU QB Jameis Winston received an Eli Manning comparison from NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

Winston has received a number of comparisons, form Ben Roethlisberger to Byron Leftwich. In fact, Zierlein writes "his wind-up delivery and marginal mobility outside the pocket are reminiscent of Byron Leftwich, but his arm talent and issues with decision making are more in line with Eli Manning's." Quarterback comparisons are kind of unrealistic, since most successful quarterbacks in the NFL right now are quite different.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 10:11 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper moved Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston to No. 1 overall in his most recent Big Board.

Winston was previously ranked No. 6. "When Winston plummeted on my board during the season, it was a direct reflection of major concerns from me and from teams about whether he was draftable if he didn't show more maturity," Kiper wrote. "It's easy to say in hindsight that I dropped him too far, but it certainly reflected my opinion and the opinion of those I respect on where Winston stood at that time. Since then, my sense is that some of those concerns have diminished -- no other mistakes have been made -- and while Winston faces scrutiny in the coming months on his maturity and his play, he is still considered the top quarterback in this draft and arguably the top overall player. Winston has a good football mind and great physical talent, with special pocket instincts and the necessary vision, size, arm strength and athleticism." Winston is the new odds-on favorite to go No. 1, replacing Marcus Mariota.
Jan 28 - 6:11 PM

NFL Media Analyst Daniel Jeremiah observes that Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "is more like Ben Roethlisberger than Blake Bortles was."

"I like Jameis Winston over Marcus Mariota from what I've studied on tape. You're looking at someone who operated pretty much an NFL system, you're looking at someone who can make all the NFL throws, can make those tight window throws, you see him move around within the pocket and do things you have to do at the next level," Jeremiah said on NFL Network. "I actually think Jameis Winston is more like Ben Roethlisberger than Blake Bortles was. I'm high on him on the field. Off the field, you have a lot of stuff to sort through and teams have time to do that." If a team is looking for a plug-and-play prospect, Winston looks to be the guy that is a better fit in a pro-style offense. Jeremiah adds that "If you want someone to just come in and play Day One, in an NFL system and come into your offense, I think it's Jameis Winston."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 3:32 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston's "on-field play is impressive with natural traits and abilities that you don't find often in 21-year old passers," and ranks Winston as his No.2 overall prospect.

"The maturity and off-field red flags are concerning, but Winston's on-field play is impressive with natural traits and abilities that you don't find often in 21-year old passers," Brugler wrote. The numerous off-field incidents have been well-documented, as well as some head-scratching comments to the media. However, Winston's on-field talents could allow teams to take a gamble on him early. Earlier this month, Brugler compared Winston's situation to Cam Newton's during the lead-in to the 2011 draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 27 - 3:48 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston "on the field, he has the physical and mental make-up to be the best player in this draft class," and has him going to Tampa Bay with the No.1 overall pick.

"The last time Tampa had the rights to the No. 1 overall pick, the franchise drafted a quarterback (Vinny Testaverde in 1987) and it seems likely that the Buccaneers will go a similar direction with the top pick this spring. Winston has off-field red flags, but on the field, he has the physical and mental make-up to be the best player in this draft class," Brugler wrote. It seems like evaluators are starting to warm up to Winston as the No. 1 overall pick. Despite his off-field troubles, Winston's talents may be too enticing for the Bucs to pass up. With newly hired offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter now in the mix, Winston could be the better fit versus Marcus Mariota.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 26 - 2:23 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston jumped to No. 2 overall on Todd McShay's Big Board.

Winston was previously No. 6. Interestingly, McShay dropped Marcus Mariota, the previous No. 2, to the No. 6 slot. "If you base things purely off of Winston's game tape, he is the clear-cut No. 1 prospect in this class," McShay wrote. "He has very good arm strength and excels from the pocket, showing the ability to anticipate throws and make NFL-style reads. He also appears to be a very good on-field leader. The risk with Winston has to do with his well-documented off-field behavioral issues, and teams that consider drafting him will have to be comfortable with him from a character and psychological standpoint before taking him to be the face of the franchise."
Jan 18 - 7:33 PM

FSU junior DT Eddie Goldman "has good initial quickness and appears to be just scratching the surface of his potential," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Goldman won a starting gig at defensive end as a sophomore in 2013, posting 19 tackles, three TFL and two sacks. "Moved inside in 2014 to his natural defensive tackle position, Goldman began to flourish," Rang wrote. "Though the junior again didn't post the kind of statistics to attract a lot of hype, his steady development, proven versatility and NFL-ready frame make him one of the most intriguing defensive tackle prospects in the country." The 6-foot-3, 320-pounder, rated by CBS as the No. 20 overall prospect, collected 35 tackles, including eight for loss.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 17 - 2:23 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah likes FSU junior DB P.J. Williams'"smooth movement skills and his "great awareness."

"I really like FSU CB P.J. Williams. Smooth movement skills, great awareness and very physical in run game," Jeremiah tweeted. The FSU prospect has played both corner and safety for the Seminoles, but he'll be a corner at the next level. The 6-foot, 196-pound Williams, who has the ability to play press and off-man zone, is a first-round prospect.
Jan 15 - 2:47 PM

Scouts believe FSU senior C Cameron Erving "has found a home at center," wrote ESPN's Kevin Weidl.

"Coming out of the spring and early in the 2014 season, Erving drew some mixed reviews projecting to the next level at offensive tackle," Weidl wrote. "While he possesses above-average feet and agility, there were concerns with his lack of consistency and strength in his upper body for the position." Erving shifted to center in mid-November and showed extremely well at center. "Erving appeared natural there, and at 6-5, 313, he possess an outstanding combination of size and agility for the position," Weidl wrote. "In speaking with Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett on the field prior to the ACC championship game, Trickett said that Erving's transition has been seamless, not only from a physical standpoint but mentally as well." The analyst added that Erving "has a good chance to come off the board somewhere in the early second-round mix."
Jan 14 - 1:31 AM

FSU junior DT Eddie Goldman will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Rand Getlin.

It was the expected decision. Goldman is at his best defending the run, however, he did flash upfield disruption. As a whole FSU's defense was weaker in 2014 compared to 2013. Goldman played at a high level for much of the season. He will most likely be a second day pick.
Jan 13 - 1:50 PM

A veteran offensive coach told ESPN that he sees the top of the draft similarly to 1998, with Marcus Mariota as Peyton Manning, and Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston as Ryan Leaf.

"Leaf checked out in terms of his ability to be a prototypical NFL passer except for one thing -- the baggage part," the coach said. Winston's off-field transgressions have earned him comps to Leaf and Johnny Manziel, but context is key here. Winston's off-field issues heading into the draft are more severe than Leaf and Manziel's were, though his on-field maturity and pro potential are both superior. "You either want to draft clones or you stay away from him," a veteran defensive coach said. "He is a Manziel clone in terms of maturity. Remember when Manziel went to Vegas? There is nothing wrong with going to Vegas. We all like going to Vegas. The problem is, he [screwed] it up even worse during the season, getting into fights and all that. Winston and Manziel are different players, but you will not change maturity overnight. You are looking into who is in Jameis' circle and how big of a change it's going to be with lots of money and lots of free time."
Jan 9 - 4:29 PM

NFL Media's Albert Breer believes Jameis Winston makes more sense than Marcus Mariota at No. 1 with the Bucs hiring Dirk Koetter as OC.

"For now, anyway," Breer tweeted. "If the Bucs had hired Greg Roman, I might've leaned Marcus Mariota." We think this might be a premature conclusions, and is somewhat concludes the offensive coordinators will be looking for similar quarterbacks to what they coached in their previous coaching jobs. Koetter coached Matt Ryan from 2012-2014. Roman coached Colin Kaepernick for the last couple of years.
Jan 9 - 10:11 AM

Florida State redshirt junior LB Terrance Smith announced Thursday he is returning for his senior season.

"Terrance is one of the leaders of our defense and he has a chance to be a very good professional as he continues to grow in his game," FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. "His return is key to our defense and I’m very excited to have him a part of our program for another season. I think he’s making a very smart decision to come back as I think he can be an NFL player for a very long time." Smith finished the season with 87 tackles and 4.5 TFL, earning All-ACC Second Team honors. Across 41 career appearances and 20 starts, he has collected 156 tackles, 8.5 TFL, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Jan 9 - 12:28 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that FSU junior DB P.J. Williams "is a versatile and experienced corner with skills to line up in press and off-man and zone looks, using his patient feet to mirror at the line of scrimmage and stay balanced in his transition."

Williams will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. "He isn't the biggest, strongest or fastest, but he's tough and instinctive to fight off blocks and be a regular contributor as a run defender," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot, 196-pound Williams is a first-round prospect. "With the fluid change of direction skills and coverage awareness to make plays on the ball, Williams has first round potential on the field, but isn't a lock to be drafted that high because of some off-field concerns," Brugler wrote. "He received two tickets in October after leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 11:55 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler asked in a recent column: "Can teams afford to pass on [Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston]?"

"I really hope Winston doesn't go No. 1," an NFC South scout not with the Buccaneers told Brugler. We've written about this idea, and aren't surprised by the scout's quote: Passing on Winston would leave a team's front office in jeopardy of the unemployment line if he turns into the perennial All-Pro that his talent suggests he could. "Simply put, Winston is the most talented player in the 2015 NFL Draft class. But it's the character of the individual determines where he lands on draft day and likely his NFL future," Brugler wrote. "And team interviews will help shape who he is as a person in the minds of NFL evaluators. The numerous off-field incidents have been well-documented, as well as some head-scratching comments to the media. But his on-field talent will make teams turn a blind eye to some of the red flags." Brugler compares Winston's situation to Cam Newton's in the lead-in to the 2011 draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 9:36 PM


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