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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

FSU junior DL Mario Edwards "projects best as a left end in a four-man front, but with the added weight, could be looked at as a three-technique tackle for some teams," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Edwards announced Tuesday he will leave Tallahassee early for the draft. "Edwards arrived at Florida State as one of the top high school recruits in the country three years ago and although he didn't live up to the hype for the Seminoles, he developed into a quality starter with obvious potential," Brugler wrote. "Much like his weight over the years, his play fluctuated as he showed flashes of dominance, but then disappeared for stretches. Edwards lined up inside and outside for the Seminoles, as well as a joker position standing up and bouncing around the line of scrimmage to attack gaps." He's graded by CBS as a potential top-75 choice. "Although his pass rush ability is limited, Edwards proved to be a reliable run defender with his forceful hands and athletic movement skills to hold the edge and chase down plays in pursuit," Brugler wrote. "He is a mean-spirited competitor, but needs to improve his all-around consistency with his technique and disc
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 7:32 PM

Rand Getlin reports that FSU junior CB Ronald Darby will forego his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.

Darby, who ran a 21.05-second 200-meter dash in high school, is one of the fastest players in the nation. Over the summer, NFL.com's Bucky Brooks called Darby one of the best cover men in college football. TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline likes Darby as a prospect, but wrote that the 5-foot-11, 188-pound corner has a ways to go before he is NFL-ready. Pauline is concerned with the fact that he's been beaten by numerous No. 1 receivers.
Jan 8 - 4:18 PM

An NFC North scout speaking with NFL.com said Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston made the right decision in declaring for the draft.

"Jameis made the only decision he could," the scout said. "He's losing (Rashad) Greene, (Nick) O'Leary and four starters up front. Why come back with those guys all gone?" If the draft were held today, Winston would be a heavy favorite to go in the top two. He's not a lock to go in the top five because of off-field concerns, though it would be something of a shock if he fell out of the top 10 due to his All-Pro potential. "Winston took a substantial step back this season in every statistical category imaginable despite returning several offensive starters," wrote NFL.com's draft team. "Florida State will lose its top two receiving threats and 80 percent of the offensive line that has blocked for Winston over the last two seasons. Some scouts think Winston is unlikely to improve his stock next season. His announcement would indicate Winston feels the same."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 8 - 3:48 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that FSU redshirt sophomore K Roberto Aguayo will return to school for his junior season.

In his career at FSU, The two-time All-American has made 48 of 52 field goals at an FSU record 92.3 percent and all 149 of his extra points. Aguayo's 293 points currently rank eighth in school history in scoring among all players. ESPN's Mel Kiper believed, that if Aguayo entered the draft, he had "a legit shot to be taken before the end of Day 2 of the draft." The Seminoles' kicker has an opportunity to be a three-time finalist for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top kicker. Aguayo won the Lou Groza Award award in 2013, when he set an FBS record with 157 points.
Jan 8 - 2:26 PM

Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Jameis Winston could go No. 1 overall, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

That said, Kiper also believes Winston's off-field maturity issues could "cost him the chance to go in the top five." As with all other evaluators, Kiper is smitten with Winston's on-field ability. He isn't overly concerned with Winston's 18 interceptions this season, calling some of them "mistakes of aggression because he can make pretty much every throw and always sees opportunities." Kiper also pointed out that Matt Ryan threw 19 picks his last year at Boston College before going No. 3 overall. The analyst called Winston "the most advanced QB in this class," a "special talent" and said the signal-caller's big frame will provide Winston with the "assumption of durability" that "has a great deal of value." The analyst concluded: "At this point, Winston is a possibility at No. 1. But after the season he had, on the field and off, the variance right now feels pretty high."
Jan 7 - 6:40 PM


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