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2017 NFL Draft Prospects: Florida State Seminoles

2017 NFL Draft
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There are many NCAA schools riddled with NFL talent on their rosters. Each player has the sparkle in his eye and the hope of hearing his name called in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 27th. The reality is, not everyone can be selected during the 2017 NFL draft. Today, I break down the NFL talent from Florida State University.

The Florida State Seminoles

The Seminoles have ten prospects that have a chance to hear their name called during the 2017 NFL draft. Let’s take a more in-depth look at each player.

Dalvin Cook – RB

2017 NFL Draft
Dalvin Cook slips away from the NC Wolfpack defense (Melina Vastola/USA TODAY Sports)

Height: 5’10″
Weight: 210 lbs.

Before the NFL combine, “experts” projected Dalvin Cook to be an early 1st round selection. However, after looking at his off-the-field issues and poor measurables/times at the combine, he has since dropped in nearly every draft. Luckily, he played very well last season. On just 288 attempts, Cook rushed for 1765 yards and 19 scores. He notched an additional 488 yards and one score on 33 receptions through the passing game. Here is a look at his 2016 highlight reel.

Scouts love his tremendous ability to make defenders miss in open space as well as how he flourished in the zone blocking scheme at Florida State. Cook has incredible vision and hesitation moves that make him an ulcer for defensive backs to take down.

One NFL executive told,

“Fumbles and arrests are a bad combination. He’s got a lot of ability but he’s got on the field problems with ball security and multiple arrests off of it. You have to decide if he will be responsible with more money and more time on his hands. If you have any doubts, just wait around for another running back because there will be plenty this year.”

If every NFL executive feels this way, Cook is in trouble. Good news for him, though – they do not. Because of his off-the-field mishaps and poor combine testing, look for Cook to get drafted in the Mid/Late 1st round by the New York Giants (23rd overall). Cook can handle bulk carries as well as adding value in the passing game for the G-Men.

Player Comparison: DeAngelo Williams

Roderick Johnson – OT

2017 NFL Draft
Roderick Johnson lines up against Georgia Tech (Antonio Morales/The Clarion-Ledger)

Height: 6’7″
Weight: 300 lbs.

Roderick Johnson is a big-bodied offensive tackle that has a disruptive jab against edge rushers. Throughout his entire career (1,167 passing snaps), he yielded just four sacks and ten quarterback hits. Scouts marvel at how he uses his length to his advantage.

Check out a highlight of his pro day.

One AFC Director of College Scouting told,

“…I think he’s interesting because I still think he is growing into his body. He will probably always have some balance issues because he’s always going to be a leaner. If he can improve his body control with that length … that could be really interesting.”

The good news for Roderick Johnson – it is an extremely weak offensive tackle class. Because he plays a coveted position that is dry in this draft, a team will take him before he truly deserves to be drafted. Look for the Seattle Seahawks to select him late in the 2nd round (58th overall). Their offensive line play was horrendous last season and they are in dire need of a big body that can protect Russell Wilson.

Player Comparison: Ja’Wuan James

The Other Seminoles

DeMarcus Walker (DE) – Late 3rd round (106th overall) – Seattle Seahawks.
Marquez White  (CB) – Late 5th round (184th overall) – Miami Dolphins.
Travis Rudolph (WR) –  Late 6th round (216th overall) – Kansas City Chiefs
Jesus Wilson (WR) – Early 7th round (224th overall) – New York Jets.  
Kareem Are (OG) – Mid 7th round (239th overall) – New England Patriots
Freddie Stevenson (FB) – Undrafted.
Kermit Whitfield (WR) – Undrafted.
Sean Maguire (QB) – Undrafted.

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