07/21/14 - Rashad Greene, Sr/2015, Florida State, 6-0, 178 (DS#3 WR)[Newsfeed] Florida State's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 5. WR Rashad Greene...Florida State's leader in receptions for three years running now, Rashad Greene earned All-ACC honors in 2013 with 76 receptions (second most in a season in school history) for 1,128 yards and nine TDs. His 22 career touchdown receptions make him the active leader in the ACC, and his 171 career receptions are the fourth highest in school history. And some think he's only scratched the surface.
At only 178 pounds, there are merited concerns about Greene's durability at the next level, but he's fast, extremely quick, fluid in and out of cuts and can make big plays with the ball in his hands, prompting some to mention DeSean Jackson as an NFL comparison. Though explosive and possessing a knack for getting open, Greene relies too heavily on his chest and body to catch the football and has dropped a few easy ones as a result. Another year with Winston at QB could lead to even better chemistry than we saw last year between these two and should make for quite a showcase for NFL scouts leading up to draft, where Greene could find himself in first-day conversation. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/14 - Mario Edwards Jr., Jr/2016, Florida State, 6-3, 294 (DS#5 DE)[Newsfeed] Florida State's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 4. DE Mario Edwards Jr.,...An All-ACC third-team honoree as a sophomore, and starting right end on the nations top scoring defense (12.1 ppg) in 2013, Edwards vies for position as one of the top NFL prospects in the nation heading into his junior year after compiling 28 tackles including 9.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks, as well as a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and an interception. Since his first start in the 2012 ACC championship game when he replaced an injured Tank Carradine at right end, Edwards has demonstrated an impressive combination of athleticism, strength and instincts that have enabled him to be a force both as an edge-setter against the run, and a power rusher who can threaten the pocket inside or out against the pass.
He utilizes long arms and strong hands to keep blockers out of his frame, and does a good job of maintaining vision, awareness and patience when engaged with taller opponents. When given space off the line, Edwards exhibits good acceleration that transitions nicely to power on contact, as he's routinely able to force tackles to retreat, and eat up any space to the quarterback's left. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/14 - Mario Edwards Jr., Jr/2016, Florida State, 6-3, 294 (DS#5 DE)[Newsfeed] Florida State's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 4. DE Mario Edwards Jr.,...He's flexible and loose-hipped when asked to establish position underneath his opponent or change direction, and he has the balance to recover and stay on course when tossed or knocked aside by blockers. Where Edwards will need to improve is in his snap count anticipation; he's frequently the last lineman off the ball, making it tough for him to have any impact rounding the edge. He's also easily stood up at times as he lets the pads rise early in the play and struggles to take ground as a result, and he could take better angles to the outside against the run. Though still raw with substantial room to continue to get better, Edwards has the makeup of the ideal 3-4 end or 4-3 tackle who can disrupt the backfield in a number of ways, from multiple spots, and should draw a premium pick come draft day next year if he's able to continue developing at his current trajectory. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/14 - Cameron Erving, rSr/2015, Florida State, 6-5, 304 (DS#3 OT)[Newsfeed] Florida State's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 3. OT Cameron Erving...A converted defensive tackle who has been the 'Noles' starting left tackle since the beginning of the 2012 season after appearing in 13 games on defense the previous year, Erving earned All-ACC First-Team and All-American First-Team (Sporting News, USA Today, SI.com) honors as a junior, among a slew of other accolades. He also established himself as one of the nation's top offensive linemen, even contemplating a post-junior year exit for the NFL before deciding to return for the 2014 season.
As a run-blocker, Erving displays the toughness and aggression that made him an impact performer on the other side of the football as he works to finish opponents with strong hands and impressive natural power in his lower half. However, he also possesses the light feet and fluidity to thwart some of the nations best edge rushers as was evident in his shutout performance against fellow top 2015 draft prospect Vic Beasley (DE, Clemson) last season. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/14 - Cameron Erving, rSr/2015, Florida State, 6-5, 304 (DS#3 OT)[Newsfeed] Florida State's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 3. OT Cameron Erving...As for areas of improvement, Erving simply needs to become a more consistent technician. His footwork gets a bit sloppy in pass protection at times and he'll bend at the waist to catch the rush rather than absorbing with his lower half. He also has a tendency to rely too heavily on his upper body when battling, often stopping his feet when engaged. All that said, there are very few athletes who can make the type of transition that Erving has made -- moving to the offensive side of the ball and becoming an immediate starter the same year, at the most difficult position on the line, then being named to several All-American teams and being tabbed a top NFL prospect all within a two year period. If his ability to learn and improve thus far has been any indication of what's to come in 2014, Erving could very well put himself in position to be a top-five selection in next year's draft. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/14 - P.J. Williams, Jr/2016, Florida State, 6-0, 196 (DS#1 CB)[Newsfeed] Florida State's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 2. CB P.J. Williams...The nation championship game defensive MVP as a sophomore, Williams established himself as one of the conference's most consistent defensive backs in 2013, deflecting seven passes, hauling in three interceptions (one TD), and leading the team in passes defended (10). Not too shabby for a first-year starter who shared a defensive backfield with LaMarcus Joyner and Terrence Brooks, both of whom occupy NFL rosters now.
Williams demonstrates an impressive combination of speed, fluidity and physicality that make him an ideal outside corner prospect for the next level, and another year of experience with continued consistency could put him in contention to be among the first cornerbacks off the board in 2015 should he elect to enter the draft after his junior season. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/14 - Jameis Winston, rSo/2017, Florida State, 6-4, 235 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Florida State's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. QB Jameis Winston...Winston comes off a redshirt freshman season that saw him earn ACC Player of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Year and consensus All-American honors, as well as set national freshman records for passing yards (4,057) and passing TDs (40). And oh … he also won the Heisman Trophy. No biggie. Aside from the unprecedented statistical accomplishments, what may have been most impressive about Winston in his first year as the Seminoles signal-caller was his rare display of poise, confidence and ability to finish games through moments of extreme adversity in big-game settings against some of the nations best teams, despite his lack of experience coming into the season. Never was this more apparent than when he led the Seminoles to a comeback victory in an edge-of-your-seat back-and-forth BCS Championship Game against Auburn, earning offensive MVP honors and a national championship trophy. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/14 - Jameis Winston, rSo/2017, Florida State, 6-4, 235 (DS#1 QB)[Newsfeed] Florida State's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. QB Jameis Winston...Winston possesses all the natural physical tools you look for in today's NFL. He's big, athletic, has a strong arm and moves well inside the pocket. As for the intangibles, the most important ones are already showing -- poise, anticipation, toughness, vision, leadership and a competitive fire. He's the total package. Where he's causing some scouts to question his pro-readiness is off the field where a series of questionable incidents have raised concerns his maturity and character, including a couple of shoplifting/theft accusations.
Some scouts also believe he needs to quicken and shorten his delivery in order to be consistently successful at the next level, as he tends to wind up when he throws, lacking the quick release NFL teams desire. There's no doubt Winston would be the top overall prospect for the 2015 draft if these two areas of question weren't so magnified. Thus, 2014 presents an opportunity for him to quell both concerns and establish position as the unquestionable front-runner to be selected first overall, should he choose to turn pro next spring. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/14 - Tyler Hunter, Sr/2015, Florida State, 5-11, 205 (DS#4 SS)[Newsfeed] Other Florida State prospects to watch in 2014: SS Tyler Hunter...After tying Xavier Rhodes for the team lead in interceptions as a nickel back during the 2012 season, Hunter started the first three games of last year at strong safety before missing the final 11 due to a neck injury. All indications are that he has recovered well from surgery, and will again be the team's frontrunner for the strong safety spot. An explosive, quick athlete with the versatility to line up at multiple spots in the defensive backfield, Hunter is also a big-play threat as a punt returner and if able to stay healthy in 2014, could draw high-round interest come draft day. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/14 - Karlos Williams, Sr/2015, Florida State, 6-1, 219 (DS#1 RB)[Newsfeed] Other Florida State prospects to watch in 2014: RB Karlos Williams...Versatile and extremely athletic running back and special teams starter who converted from safety to garner 730 rushing yards and 11 TDs in 2013, while posting an 8.0 yards-per-carry average. Williams possesses speed, cutback ability and power, and demonstrated improved vision over the course of his lone season at tailback. Has the talent to be an elite running back at the next level if he can continue to improve. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/14 - Josue Matias, Sr/2015, Florida State, 6-6, 331 (DS#3 OG)[Newsfeed] Other Florida State prospects to watch in 2014: OG Josue Matias...Two-year starter at left guard and All-ACC second-team selection for the 'Noles, who also has some experience at tackle and demonstrates both power and agility to offer position versatility at the next level. Technically he's still inconsistent in some areas, but he'll certainly be another one to watch as a potential early round prospect leading up to the 2015 draft. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/14 - Nick OLeary, Sr/2015, Florida State, 6-3, 244 (DS#1 TE)[Newsfeed] Other Florida State prospects to watch in 2014: TE Nick O'Leary...The grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus and a 2013 All-ACC second-team honoree, O'Leary finally showed why he was the top TE recruit in the nation out of high school after two ho-hum seasons in Tallahassee, compiling 33 receptions for 557 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. O'Leary's sure hands, quickness and solid route-running had many considering him one of the top preseason TE prospects for the 2015 draft, but a second motorcycle accident that resulted in a severe ankle injury has rendered him inactive for the spring and could threaten to set him back, both on the team's depth chart and in the eyes of NFL scouts entering the 2014 season. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/14 - Tre Jackson, Sr/2015, Florida State, 6-4, 339 (DS#1 OG)[Newsfeed] Other Florida State prospects to watch in 2014: OG Tre' Jackson...A 28-game starter who earned All-ACC first-team accolades in 2013 while anchoring a line that helped produce the best offensive season in school history, Jackson opted to return for his senior year, and does so as perhaps the top preseason NFL guard prospect in the country. In addition to possesses road-grader size and power, Jackson will surprise with his athleticism and quickness when asked to mirror rushers or get to the second level as a run blocker, and plays with solid instincts and awareness in both facets of the offense. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/15/14 - Bryce Giddens, Jr/2016, Arkansas State, 5-11, 300 (DS#999 C)[Newsfeed] Arkansas State University center Bryce Giddens is giving up football because of various injuries. ASU head coach Blake Anderson announced Monday that the junior center had made the decision. Giddens was a two-year starter for ASU and was named second-team All-Sun Belt Conference as a sophomore last season. Giddens will work in administration for the ASU athletic department and will remain on scholarship as he pursues his degree. - AP Sports
07/14/14 - Carl Lawson, So/2017, Auburn, 6-2, 261 (DS#999 DE)[Newsfeed] Auburn DE Carl Lawson has a torn ACL...While the first questions asked of Auburn coach Gus Malzahn were about the status of Nick Marshall after his recent run-in with the law, there was some big news that Malzahn dropped during his press conference at SEC Media Days Monday. Defensive end Carl Lawson had surgery for a torn ACL in May. Malzahn says he's hopeful that Lawson will recover before the end of the season, but odds are that's not the case. Lawson is likely going to miss the entire 2014 season, which would be bad news for the Auburn defense.
Lawson was a five-star recruit in Auburn's 2013 recruiting class, and he didn't wait long to have an impact for the Tigers. As a freshman in 2013 Lawson finished the year with only 20 tackles, but 7.5 of them were for loss, and four were sacks. He also had seven quarterback hurries and forced two fumbles. He was expected to contribute even more in 2014 as the Tigers look to defend their SEC title. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
07/12/14 - Nick Marshall, Sr/2015, Auburn, 6-1, 210 (DS#16 FS)[Newsfeed] Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has been cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana in Georgia. Reynolds Police Chief Lonnie Holder said he and another officer detected the odor of marijuana after pulling Marshall over at 12:45 p.m. Friday for a window tint violation. Holder says they found 8-10 grams of marijuana under the passenger-side visor. Because it was less than an ounce, they didn't arrest Marshall. The Tigers' quarterback was cited for violations of two city ordinances. Marshall doesn't have to appear for a Sept. 10 court date if he pays fines of $1,000 for marijuana possession and $100 for the window tint violation. Marshall, who is from Pineview, Georgia, helped lead Auburn to a Southeastern Conference title and into the BCS championship game last season. - AP Sports
07/12/14 - Ezra Robinson, rSo/2017, Michigan State, 6-0, 178 (DS#999 CB)[Newsfeed] Michigan State says cornerback Ezra Robinson has requested and received a release from his scholarship. Robinson played 12 games last season as a redshirt freshman, appearing mostly on special teams. He recovered a fumble in a win over Youngstown State in September. Robinson was a four-year starter at Booker High School in Sarasota, Florida. - AP Sports
07/10/14 - Jesus Wilson, So/2017, Florida State, 5-09, 177 (DS#999 WR)[Newsfeed] Florida State receiver Jesus Wilson has been suspended from the team after facing a felony charge in the theft of a motor scooter, officials said Wednesday. Police say Wilson was stopped as he rode a motor scooter days after it was reported stolen on campus June 11. Wilson said a friend loaned him the vehicle. An investigation ensued, and Wilson was later arrested and charged with third-degree grand motor theft. He turned himself in Wednesday and was freed on $2,500 bond.
FSU spokesman Rob Wilson said the athletics department's code of conduct forbids a player from representing the team when charged with a felony. Jesus Wilson is not eligible to play or travel, but can practice and is not automatically kicked off the team. Coach Jimbo Fisher did not comment outside of announcing the suspension in a statement. Wilson, a sophomore from Miami, played in 12 games last year and was expected to compete for a starting position as the Seminoles defend their national championship. He had three receptions for 23 yards in 2013 and averaged 11.1 yards on eight punt returns. - AP Sports
07/09/14 - Kenny Bigelow, rFr/2018, Southern Cal, 6-3, 310 (DS#999 DT)[Newsfeed] Southern California defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow is out for the season after tearing his right ACL during non-contact drills in a voluntary workout. The redshirt freshman was expected to compete for a starting spot. He redshirted last year to adjust to the college ranks. Returning starters Leonard Williams and Antwaun Woods will anchor the defensive line, but the third spot remains open. Bigelow's injury was announced on the school's blog. - AP Sports
07/08/14 - Alex Figueroa, So/2017, Miami, 6-2, 242 (DS#999 OLB)[Newsfeed] Linebackers Alex Figueroa and Jawand Blue are no longer part of the University of Miami football program after they were charged with sexual battery. The two players were suspended by the university and barred from the campus, athletic director Blake James said Tuesday. Figueroa and Blue are accused of bringing a juvenile to a dorm room on July 5 and giving her a substance that caused her to be incapacitated, according to the police report. The victim reported the incident to university police, who contacted the Coral Gables Police Department. Figueroa also was charged with possession of a stolen or forged driver's license.
"Earlier today, I permanently dismissed Jawand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team," James said. "The university has also suspended the students from school and barred them from all campus facilities while the University conducts an internal investigation and continues to cooperate with local law enforcement.
"Any allegation of a sexual assault is extremetly serious, and the university will not tolerate conduct that threatens the sanctity and safety of our students and our campus. We hold all of our students -- especially the student athletes -- to the highest standards of a moral conduct. The University is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment for all." Figueroa played in nine games for the Hurricanes last season and had 17 tackles, including one sack. Blue had one tackle in two games. - The Sports Xchange
07/07/14 - Jamison Crowder, Sr/2015, Duke, 5-09, 175 (DS#13 WR)[Newsfeed] Duke's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 3. WR Jamison Crowder...Duke's other returning first-team All-ACC member, receiver Jamison Crowder, comes off a record-breaking junior year that saw him set new school marks for both receptions (108) and receiving yards (1,360), to go with 8 TDs. He also returned 25 punts for 401 yards (16.0 avg) and two TDs.
At only 175 pounds, concerns about Crowder's size in transition to the next level are certainly merited, however, he has shown a knack for being able to keep himself clean with good quickness off the line, suddenness in and out of breaks and make-you-miss ability after the catch, giving him the look of a potentially very productive NFL receiver despite lacking burner speed or physicality to match up on the outside. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/07/14 - Kelby Brown, rSr/2015, Duke, 6-2, 230 (DS#12 ILB)[Newsfeed] Duke's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 2. ILB Kelby Brown...Brown rebounded from having to sit out the entire 2012 season due to a torn right ACL, to earning first-team All-ACC accolades as a redshirt junior in 2013 after putting together a 120-tackle campaign, including 11 tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions and four double-digit tackle games including two whereby he notched at least 17 stops. Though he lacks elite athleticism, he's more rangy than given credit for, and his strong instincts allow him to put himself in position to make plays that others may make by relying more on athletic ability.
He's fluid in space, demonstrates good redirect quickness and despite carrying a lighter frame than you might prefer for an inside 'backer, plays with a fearless demeanor and physical nature, with solid wrap-up tackling technique. He's still a little lighter than scouts would probably want to see for a guy who will line up on the inside at the next level, and his range may not be good enough to put on the outside, so some added bulk and another year of good health to show that he's fully recovered from the ACL injury could put him in position to be a top-half draft selection next year. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/07/14 - Laken Tomlinson, rSr/2015, Duke, 6-3, 320 (DS#2 OG)[Newsfeed] Duke's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. OG Laken Tomlinson...A second-team All-ACC selection as a junior and 39-time starter at right guard for the Blue Devils, Laken Tomlinson enters his senior year as one of the top guard prospects in the 2015 draft class. A three-time All-ACC Academic selection as well, the Chicago native has utilized an impressive combination of size, strength, athleticism and smarts to develop into one of the conferences most dominant lineman over the past three seasons, and has shown continual growth both physically and technically in that time.
Tomlinson possesses the ideal thick, powerful build for an NFL guard and demonstrates impressive movement skills for his size with nimble feet, flexible hips and smoothness when asked to change direction both as a run blocker and in pass protection. His natural strength is obvious, as he's able to routinely dictate and finish opponents when he latches on, and he does a good job of holding ground when anchoring, even when asked to reset after being caught off guard or initially knocked back. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/07/14 - Laken Tomlinson, rSr/2015, Duke, 6-3, 320 (DS#2 OG)[Newsfeed] Duke's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. OG Laken Tomlinson...From a technical standpoint, Tomlinson is still learning to use his hands, as he'll be seen from time to time allowing defenders into his frame rather than jarring his opponent with extension, due mostly to poor hand placement or lowering his shoulder on contact. He also needs to demonstrate better width in his lower half while sliding in pass protection, and continue to stay low off the snap to establish leverage earlier in the play, but these flaws aren't nearly as evident as they once were and he has become a much more consistent technician who relies less on strength and athleticism than he once did. Look for Tomlinson to draw first round grades heading into the 2015 draft if he's able to stay healthy. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/07/14 - Braxton Deaver, rSr/2015, Duke, 6-5, 240 (DS#21 TE)[Newsfeed] Other Duke prospects to watch in 2014: TE Braxton Deaver...Third-team All-ACC member as a junior (40 catches), with sure hands and sneaky acceleration down the seam, but who struggles as a blocker and doesn't exhibit athleticism to suggest he could be a dynamic "move" tight end option at the next level despite carrying a leaner frame. Improved run-blocking and some added weight without slowing down could lead to an NFL opportunity. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com