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An anonymous NFL scout told Bleacher Report that he trusts Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon more than FSU RB Dalvin Cook.

"The pattern of bad decisions are alarming, really," the scout said of Cook. "With my job on the line, I trust [Joe] Mixon a lot more than Dalvin Cook." Though Cook has never been found guilty of a crime, he's been charged with misdemeanor battery (2015), cited for a violation of animal care (2014), charged with firing a weapon and possession of a weapon on school property (2010) and charged with robbery (2009). Cook has also been charged with criminal mischief after allegedly causing property damage with a BB gun. On top of all that, he has shoulder and hamstring issues, fumbling problems and tested horrifically at the NFL Combine. B/R's Matt Miller predicts he'll fall into the second round.
Mar 23 - 3:37 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that Florida State T Roderick Johnson's "production does not match his potential."

Among the technical issues PFF's analysis team sees in Johnson's game, "[b]ad pass-blocking techniques that need to be rebuilt" and a tendency to overextend on blocks. That being said, the outlet believes the 6-foot-7, 298-pounder's athletic upside will be too much to pass up for long. "Johnson’s physical tools will more than likely cause a team to take their chances on him early than expected," the outlet explains. Johnson was unable to take part in Combine testing due to an illness he was battling at the time.
Mar 17 - 6:01 PM

Florida State RB Dalvin Cook is visiting the Eagles, according to Mike Garafolo.

The Eagles added multiple receivers in free agency, albeit on shorter deals. However, the team failed to add a running back, seemingly by choice, and they will certainly select one in the upcoming draft. As of now, Cook's tape is first round but his athletic profile is not. Since 1999, a running back has not been selected in the first round with a composite score (9th percentile) like Cook's. That could change after Florida State's pro day.
Mar 17 - 9:56 AM

Former FSU WR Travis Rudolph compares junior WR Nyqwan Murray to Antonio Brown.

The 5-foot-11, 176-pound Murray memorably caught two passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Michigan in the Capital One Orange Bowl. "Murray is just such an elusive player and he works so hard," Rudolph said. "He reminds me of Antonio Brown." Rudolph wasn't done talking about the stacked WR group he just left behind. "Auden [Tate, a 6-foot-1, 206-pound junior] is a just a freak athlete," Rudolph said. "He’s so big and has such good body control."
Source: Fox Sports
Mar 15 - 5:05 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore S Derwin James could see work as a punt returner during the coming season.

James is back on the practice field after missing the bulk of the 2016 campaign due to a torn meniscus. Any notion that maybe the Seminoles would try to coddle James should be cast aside given that the team is actually looking to expand his role. Said HC Jimbo Fisher, "We'll put the ball the best guys have the best hands and have the best ability to run with it. There are just not many positions [James] can't play." He does have experience returning punts, having done so in high school. Florida State has ranked second-to-last in ACC punt return yardage each of the past two seasons.
Source: USA Today
Mar 14 - 9:55 PM

Pro Football Focus notes that Florida State DE DeMarcus Walker's "body type doesn’t lend itself to playing the run in the NFL."

"At the moment, Walker is a tweener. Too small to play full time inside and unathletic enough to play out on the edge. Over time he could bulk up into a full-time 3-tech, but playing the run may never be his strong suit," writes the PFF analysis team. They comp the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder to Vikings defensive lineman Tom Johnson and note that even with his deficiencies against the run, Walker has the pass-rushing chops to make an early impact for his eventual NFL team.
Mar 10 - 3:13 PM

Packers beat writer Bob McGinn spoke with an NFL scout who said FSU RB Dalvin Cook is "everything."

We think this conversation took place before Cook's workout, but it is difficult to not be impressed with that Dalvin shows on the field. "He reminds me of Marshall Faulk so much because he can catch the ball," another scout told McGinn. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has ranked Cook as the No. 1 running back in the class the entire season, but it is impossible to not let his lack of athleticism factor in an evaluation. There's always a chance his numbers improve at his pro day, however, as of now Cook's athletic profile has not resulted in a first running back since at least 1999.
Mar 8 - 9:28 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang believes that the impact of FSU RB Dalvin Cook's underwhelming Combine work is being overblown.

"[Cook is a] proven talent who plays quicker and faster than he times in drills because he anticipates defenders," Rang writes, adding that "[i]f [he] falls on draft day, it will be due to medical or off-field concerns, not because his 40-yard dash or shuttle drills weren’t up to par." Over the weekend, Cook ran the 40 in 4.49 seconds and turned in a vertical jump of 30.5 inches with a broad jump of 116 inches.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 7 - 8:45 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Steve Palazzolo notes that FSU RB Dalvin Cook's 40-yard dash time of 4.49 seconds "may put just enough doubt into teams’ minds for a guy that was pegged as a speed back."

While Cook just turned in a Combine which CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has called "confusing," it would still be a surprise if the former Seminole slipped all the way into the final picks of the first round. The dazzling speed he routinely showed on film might have been mysteriously absent during Combine work, but that film is impressive.
Mar 7 - 7:35 PM

Florida State hired former LSU WR coach Dameyune Craig as a quality control assistant.

He's back! Craig served as Jimbo Fisher's quarterbacks coach from 2010-12 before a three-year stint as Auburn's co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Craig spent last year as LSU's WR coach before being unceremoniously canned by HC Ed Orgeron following National Signing Day. If Seminoles fans can't recall Craig's time in Tallahassee as QB coach, they'll certainly remember the 2014 BCS National Championship, when Florida State players accused Craig, then at Auburn, of stealing their signals. Apparently all is forgiven.
Mar 7 - 3:30 PM

Florida State junior CB Tarvarus McFadden (labrum) will miss spring ball.

McFadden will undergo surgery on his torn labrum. According to HC Jimbo Fisher, McFadden played through it all of last season. Even compromised, McFadden still managed eight interceptions to tie West Virginia’s Rasul Douglas for the national lead. McFadden should be good to go by summer camp.
Mar 6 - 5:16 PM

Florida State HC Jimbo Fisher says redshirt sophomore S Derwin James is a "full-go."

James suffered a season-ending meniscus tear in Week 2 of last season and was awarded a medical redshirt waiver. One of the best returning players in college football, James should enter next season completely healthy.
Mar 6 - 1:40 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler called FSU RB Dalvin Cook's test results at the NFL Scouting Combine "confusing."

Cook's numbers were not abysmal, but they were underwhelming given the speed and explosion he has shown on the field. The 5-foot-10, 233-pound FSU standout logged a 40-yard dash of 4.49 seconds, a vertical jump of 30.5 inches and a broad jump of 116 inches. His most impressive test might have actually been the bench press -- he turned in a strong 22 reps there. Even with these "confusing" results now in hand, Brugler wrote on Twitter that he is still viewing Cook as his No. 1 running back in this class.
Mar 5 - 1:13 PM

FSU RB Dalvin Cook recorded a 40-yard dash time of 4.49 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday.

Just a by-the-way in terms of perception, Cook -- viewed by all as an electric, dynamic athlete -- put in a time of 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Christian McCaffrey -- generally questioned more athletically -- beat him with a 4.48-second mark of his own. Filling out Cook's work in Indianapolis, the 5-foot-10, 233-pounder put in a vertical jump of 30.5 inches and a broad jump of 116 inches while hoisting the bar 22 times on the bench press. He is a potential top-10 pick come April's draft.
Source: SB Nation
Mar 3 - 6:44 PM

FSU RB Dalvin Cook says he's the best back in the NFL Draft.

"What separates me is I can do it all. I can stay on the field all three downs. I'm just a do-it-all back, and I feel like I am the best back in this class," Cook said. He also said that he can have an Ezekiel Elliott-like impact as a rookie if he finds the right system. NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock ranks Cook over Leonard Fournette, and so do we.
Mar 3 - 3:53 PM

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