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In his first 2018 mock draft of the spring, FOX Sports' Dieter Kurtenbach pegged Florida State junior CB Tavarus McFadden to the 49ers with the No. 4 pick.

"They add to their stockpile of young talent with McFadden, the long, and athletic athlete who was a lock-down corner for Florida State in 2017," writes Kurtenbach. His expectation is that the team will eventually figure out a trade for Washington's Kirk Cousins, eliminating the need to draft a quarterback in the first round next spring. The 6-foot-2, 197-pound McFadden registered 19 tackles (3.0 for loss) and a hearty eight interceptions across 13 games in 2016. He underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in March -- an injury that he apparently played through throughout the past campaign.
Source: FOX Sports
Apr 30 - 3:40 PM

Sporting News' Eric Galko pegged FSU redshirt sophomore S Derwin James to the 49ers at No. 3 in his first 2018 mock draft.

"Defensive backs have gone in the top six picks the last two years, and James could be next," Galko writes. "He’s a physically built, highly athletic safety who can set the tone for a defense. 49ers pass on a quarterback, as they likely will add Kirk Cousins in the offseason." Should San Francisco opt for a different route than Cousins, USC's Sam Darnold or UCLA's Josh Rosen could be in play for the pick a year from now. As for James, the FSU star missed almost the entirety of the 2016 season due to a torn meniscus. He has been a participant in practice this spring and looks to be completely recovered from that knee injury come the start of the 2017 season.
Apr 30 - 2:02 PM

Cowboys selected Florida State CB Marquez White with the No. 216 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

White (6’0/194) doubled as a guard on the basketball team before taking over as a starting boundary cornerback in his final two seasons, tallying four career interceptions. PFF College charted White with only two TD passes allowed over his final three seasons. A sub-par athlete by NFL standards despite his hoops background, White managed a 4.59 forty and 24th-percentile SPARQ results in Indy. He is also a below-average tackler. Still, White was a solid cover man against top college competition and offers plus size for the position. Albeit a long shot, White has an outside chance to develop into a No. 2 NFL corner.
Apr 29 - 5:39 PM

Browns selected Florida State OT Roderick Johnson with the No. 160 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Johnson (6’7/299) turned pro after making 31 starts at left tackle in Tallahassee. He earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as both a sophomore and junior, awarded to the ACC’s top offensive lineman. While Johnson’s college accolades look impressive on paper, he is a frustrating player on tape. He struggled in pass protection while excelling in the run game, but doesn’t have the body type of a dominant NFL run blocker. Johnson also tested as a disappointing 26th-percentile athlete at his Pro Day. Johnson offers freaky-long arms (36") and ample theoretical upside, but he may need a year of hard NFL coaching before realizing it.
Apr 29 - 2:49 PM

Broncos selected Florida State DL DeMarcus Walker with the No. 51 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Walker (6’4/280) shared 2016 ACC Defensive Player of the Year with Clemson LB Ben Boulware, finishing his career third in FSU history in sacks (28.5) and tackles for loss (45). Still a whipping boy in the draftnik community, Walker has been knocked as a "snap jumper" lacking pass-rush variety with significant run-defense limitations. Walker did show plus athleticism at the Seminoles’ Pro Day, running 4.88 with solid vertical (31 ½") and broad (9’7") jumps. Walker’s NFL fit is fair to question as neither a natural edge player nor an interior presence. PFF College has compared him to rotational Vikings DT Tom Johnson.
Apr 28 - 8:43 PM

Vikings selected Florida State RB Dalvin Cook with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Cook (5’10/210) broke Warrick Dunn’s FSU rushing record in just three seasons, piling up 4,464 yards on 687 carries (6.50 YPC) with 46 TDs and 79 catches. While known best for his big-play runs, Cook showed workhorse ability with 17 games of 20-plus carries and shined as a receiver, averaging 11.8 career yards per catch. Extremely difficult to tackle in space, Cook finished No. 1 in PFF College’s 2016 Elusive Rating. Cook confirmed his long speed (4.49) in Indy, but struggled in agility drills. Cook’s biggest drawbacks are his injury history after three career shoulder surgeries and ball security after he fumbled 14 times on 763 touches, including six fumbles in 2016. Still, Cook projects as an early-career lead back with three-down potential. Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris has compared him to DeAngelo Williams. In Minnesota, Cook becomes the likely Week 1 starter ahead of Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon.
Apr 28 - 8:01 PM

ESPN's John Kiem writes "don't be surprised if [the Redskins] try to move up to get [FSU RB Dalvin Cook]."

Cook went undrafted on Day 1, but figures to be off the board relatively early when the second round starts up on Friday night. Washington holds the No. 49 pick, probably too far off to grab Cook by standing pat. The team has reportedly been shopping Matt Jones and are eyeing Cook as, per Kiem, their No. 1 running back target in the draft. The Sporting News' Eric Galko reported likewise on Thursday.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 6:38 PM

NFL Media's Gil Brandt ranks FSU RB Dalvin Cook as the No. 1 player available heading into Day 2.

Reports leading up the NFL Draft suggesting that Cook would slip out of Round 1 proved to be accurate, and Cook now heads into Day 2 as one of the best players available. Cook has fallen for a wide variety of reasons. He tested poorly athletically, has off-field concerns and durability issues, and also fumbles too often. But when on the field at FSU, he was arguably the nation's most devastating playmaker. Rotoworld's Josh Norris pegs him as the No. 29 overall prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 28 - 1:24 PM

The Sporting News' Eric Galko reports that FSU RB Dalvin Cook is "RB1" for the Redskins.

Galko additionally writes that he expects Cook to be available for Washington should settle on him as their first-round target. The Redskins hold pick No. 17. In additional Cook rumor courtesy of Galko, the analyst writes that "[t]he Buccaneers have been looking to trade out because they know Dalvin Cook has no suitors between No. 19 and No. 28."
Apr 27 - 7:36 PM

Prior to the Raiders reaching an agreement to acquire RB Marshawn Lynch, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline was told by a team source that Oakland expected FSU RB Dalvin Cook to be on the board when they came on the clock at No. 24.

Further, that source said the Raiders had "no interest in selecting him" and felt "Joe Mixon [was] the wiser choice." Added Pauline: "The point was not that the Raiders would draft Mixon, but rather that Cook’s injuries and multiple off-field issues are greater risks." We've read this sentiment before, and it speaks to the greater point Pauline is arguing: The analyst now predicts that Cook will fall to Round 2.
Apr 26 - 1:40 PM

Eagles beat writer Les Bowen cited a source with another team's personnel department who believes the Eagles will select FSU RB Dalvin Cook at No. 14.

He joins Eliot Shorr-Parks in making the connection on Wednesday. Is the buzz building in Eagles headquarters, or is this a planned suggestion with a different prospect being a target. The Eagles certainly need a running back with Cook's talent, but could also look at Joe Mixon or Alvin Kamara in round two.
Apr 26 - 11:34 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bucs are talking with at least three teams to drop back from pick No. 19 and possibly out of the first round entirely.

The Bucs have been linked to Dalvin Cook frequently, so this news is interesting. Could Cook be selected before the pick? Do the Bucs think they are one of the few teams targeting him int heir portion of the draft? We've suggested Jabrill Peppers as a possible fit as well. The Chiefs might be a team interested in moving up for a quarterback.
Apr 26 - 10:30 AM

Eagles beat writer Eliot Shorr-Parks believes FSU RB Dalvin Cook is the top possibility for the Eagles at No. 14.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris suggested Eagles fans should not get their hopes up about Dalvin Cook being the pick at No. 14, but Gareon Conley's situation might force other targets up the board. Three of the top four possibilities Shorr-Parks lists are on offense, and none of the six include an edge rusher. That is surprising.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 26 - 9:12 AM

An NFL scout said that Florida State T Roderick Johnson possesses "great intangibles."

"He gets bull-rushed all over the place. Gets knocked around. But he could develop into a good player," the scout said. Another evaluator believes that Johnson's progression may have been best served by a return to school -- an opinion that was also forwarded by an AFC director of college scouting earlier during the process -- but notes that due to the thin nature of this offensive line class, the 6-foot-7, 298-pounder will "probably make more money this year than (he would have) next year." In his four-round mock draft posted last week, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline had Johnson pegged to the 49ers at pick No. 66 (second pick of the third round).
Apr 25 - 5:30 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris states Eagles fans should not expect FSU RB Dalvin Cook to be the pick at No. 14.

Norris believes OSU corner Gareon Conley and Missouri edge rusher Charles Harris as the likeliest picks, with Christian McCaffrey, Derek Barnett and Jon Allen as other possible options. Obviously other prospects could be in the mix, but that is Norris' conclusion based on information he has heard. That isn't to say the Eagles don't like Cook. They certainly might, but No. 14 might be too rich.
Source: Rotoworld
Apr 24 - 9:46 AM


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