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Dustin Hopkins heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 6/177 -- Dustin Hopkins, K, 6-2, 193, Florida State...NCAA career points leader with 466 who has the potential to replace veteran star Rian Lindell. Converted 88 of 112 field goals for the Seminoles, including 9 of 15 on tries from 50 yards and beyond. Strong on kickoffs with average hang time of 4.5 seconds. A freak athlete, who ran 4.71 and did 20 bench press reps at 225 pounds. - The Sports Xchange
Cameron Erving heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Browns' 12 picks: Round 1/19 - Cameron Erving, G, 6-5, 313, Florida State...Erving can play anywhere along the line. He was a left tackle until the final five games of his career at Florida State when he moved seamlessly to center. He will challenge John Greco at right guard in 2015 and could move to center next year if Alex Mack opts out of his contract and leaves. - The Sports Xchange
Rodney Hudson heading into Sr season: 2010: 2010 ACC JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY AWARD WINNER...A unanimous first team All-American in 2010, Hudson also landed on the first team All-ACC squad for the third straight year and is just the seventh player in league history to earn All-ACC honors all four years of his career. The offensive guard is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Jacobs Blocking Trophy (2009, 2010), becoming just the 11th player in ACC history to claim that award twice. Hudson was also a finalist for the Outland Trophy this season and was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice this season and eight times in his career, tying for the most in league history. In his four years at Florida State Hudson started 47 games and this year graded out at 87 percent with 44 knockdown blocks. He was only penalized once in 832 offensive snaps this season. Hudson is a four-year starter for the Seminoles and the most decorated offensive linemen in ACC history...2009: Posted team-high season average grade of 88 over 11 starts after missing final two games with knee sprain...injury ended streak of 28 consecutive starts...did not allow a sack or quarterback pressure all season...penalized only twice and charged with four missed assignments on year…2008: Graded out second on the line four other times giving him a top two grade in nine of 13 games...received the top grade overall or in run or pass blocking 16 times as a sophomore...ranked as the team's best run blocker or pass blocker 11 times...led the team with seven pins and 64 knockdowns...missed just eight assignments...the lowest number on the team missing just one assignment per 112 plays...led all linemen in plays with 893...whistled for the first penalty of his career (false start) versus Virginia Tech...a streak that covered 1,024 snaps and 20 games from his true freshman season…2007: Started 10 of Florida State's 13 games with nine starts coming at the left guard position and one at the left tackle position in the Music City Bowl...allowed only one sack and had 14 knockdown blocks in the final five games of the season...missed only five offensive assignments during the entire season according to the coaching staff...was not flagged for a penalty throughout the season.
*Jameis Winston heading into rSo season: A closer look at the Buccaneers' seven picks: Round 1/1 - Jameis Winston, QB, 6-4, 231, Florida State...Bucs got their franchise quarterback who will be the starter the first day he puts on a helmet. His ability to the throw the deep ball will make weapons of WRs Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. Only question is whether he can be as good off the field as on. - The Sports Xchange
*Xavier Rhodes heading into rJr season: A closer look at the Vikings' picks: 1/25 - Xavier Rhodes, CB, 6-1, 217, Florida State...A big, shutdown press corner who will come in handy in the NFC North, where the Vikings have to match up with receivers such as 6-5 Calvin Johnson and 6-4 Brandon Marshall. The Vikings play more of a zone-based defensive scheme, but Rhodes and 6-2 veteran Chris Cook could give them more man, press options in the future. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I believe anywhere above Florida is cold." -- Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes, the Vikings' pick at No. 25 and a person who has never lived north of Tallahassee. - The Sports Xchange
*Bjoern Werner heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Colts' picks: Round 1/24 - Bjoern Werner, OLB/DE, 6-3, 266, Florida State...High-motor player who should push for a starting role as a rookie. Good size, athletic skills. Plays faster than 40 time. Expected to be disruptive at the point of attack. Still raw in some areas but has a great upside. - The Sports Xchange
Graham Gano heading into Sr season: 2007: 12 TB-63 KO; P 5-2563-512.6, 4 TB, 12 FC, 19 in 20, 1 blocked; All-ACC Honorable Mention, Phil Steele All-ACC Honorable Mention and Miami Herald first team All-Florida as he enjoyed the best season of his career...named to the Ray Guy Watch List as the nation's top collegiate punters...the top returning punter in the ACC...finished 2007 as the 17th-best punter in the NCAA...will be the ninth-best returning punter in the FBS in 2008...averaged a career-high 43.4 yards per punt to mark the second straight season he has averaged more than 40 yards per punt...enters 2008 with a streak of 11 straight games with a punt of 50 yards or better... 2006: 22 TB-68 KO; P 67-2736-40.8, 6 TB, 18 FC, 17 in 20, 0 blocked; Averaged 40.8 yards per kick as Florida State's starting punter...recorded 22 touchbacks on 68 kickoffs...did not have a punt blocked on any of his 67 attempts...ranked ninth in the ACC and 50th in the nation with his 40.8 yards per punt average... averaged more than 40 yards per punt in eight of the Seminoles' 13 games...after averaging 37.2 yards on 16 punts in his first three games, he averaged 43.7 yards on 49 punts in his final nine games of the season...was under 40 yards per punt in only one of those final nine games...totaled 11 punts of 50 yards or more with three coming against Wake Forest and two against Clemson... 2005: 5 TB-26 KO; The Seminoles' kickoff specialist over the last six games of his true freshman season...opponents had an average starting position of their own 24-yard line after his kickoffs...only twice did an opponent assume possession beyond their own 40-yard line after one of his kicks... totaled five touchbacks in 26 attempts...last name pronounced ga-KNOW.
Terrence Brooks heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 3/79 - Terrence Brooks, FS, 5-11, 198, Florida State...Drafting Brooks allows the Ravens to shift Matt Elam to his natural strong safety spot. Brooks is fast (4.42 speed) and a big hitter who's a centerfielder type. - The Sports Xchange
*Everette Brown heading into rJr season: 2008: All-American second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, Rivals.com, Associated Press and the Walter Camp Foundation...Unanimous All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team choice and was a runner-up for both the ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards...Finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation's premier defensive end...Named Walter Camp National Player of the Week vs. Maryland and ACC Defensive Player of the Week vs. Virginia Tech...Started all thirteen games at right defensive end, where he gave up considerable bulk to some of the best left offensive tackles in the collegiate ranks, but still had great success in disrupting the opposition's offensive game plan...Recorded 36 tackles (career-high 30 solos), as he caused a team-high four fumbles and recovered another that he advanced 5 yards...Also deflected two passes and was credited with three quarterback pressures...Had four games where he recorded multiple sacks and posted at least one tackle behind the line of scrimmage in eleven contests (including six multiple-stop performances)...2007: 13 GP; 9 GS; 25 Sol-36 TT, 11.5 TFL, 6.5 SK, 3 PBU, 1 FF; Florida State's starter at the left defensive end position where he earned a career-high eight starting assignments for the season...has played in 26 consecutive games in his first two seasons...2006: 13 GP; 3 GS; 16 Sol-27 TT, 13.5 TFL, 3 SK, 3 QBH, 1 BLK; Freshman All-America and All-ACC Freshman team honoree by The Sporting News...played in all 13 games while starting three games (Rice, NC State, Duke) when Darrell Burston was moved to the left end...2005: A redshirt season.
*Timmy Jernigan heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 2/48 - Timmy Jernigan, NT, 6-2, 300, Florida State...Disruptive inside, Jernigan fell due to concerns about a diluted drug specimen. The Ravens checked into it and felt comfortable enough to draft Jernigan. He provides a stout presence. - The Sports Xchange
E.J. Manuel heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 1/16 -- EJ Manuel, QB, 6-4, 237, Florida State...No team studied quarterback prospects as hard or thoroughly as Buffalo in what was considered a weak class. But in making Manuel their starter of the future, perhaps this season if he can beat out veterans Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson, the Bills get the biggest, fastest (4.55) and one of the smartest quarterbacks available. Manuel will need work, like developing the ability to read the entire field and make his progressions. But his size and versatility as a runner and passer gives new coach Doug Marrone a major building block. - The Sports Xchange
Shawn Powell heading into rSr season: 2010: Averaged 44.3 per attempt...punted a career-high 50 times for a career-high 2,214 yards…pinned opponents inside the 20 16 times and forced six fair catches…became a proficient rugby-style punter, improving his directional accuracy while limiting returning opportunities…was at his best in that department against Florida, forcing the Gators to start drives at the 4, 7 and 5-yard lines, earning ACC Specialist of the Week honors for his performance against the Gators…booted 18 punts over 50 yards…enjoyed his statistically best game of the season against South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl when he averaged 51.0 gross yards on three punts, impressive 50.0 net average. 2009: Boasted a 41.6 yard average, which included a career-long 64-yarder, which led all ACC punters…allowed only 136 return yards with 13 punts downed inside 20, five touchbacks, and six fair caught…also handled all placement holds. 2008: Started seven games as punter while incumbent Graham Gano recovered from knee surgery….averaged an impressive 41.1 yards on 18 attempts before Gano returned to the lineup…four punts landed inside the 20 against one touchback…forced two touchbacks…registered FSU season-long punt of 56 yards against Wake Forest…handled all placement holds as a true freshman.
Tre Jackson heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Patriots' 11 picks: Round 4/111 - Tre' Jackson, G, 6-4, 330, Florida State...Jackson will join former Seminole teammate Bryan Stork on the interior New England line. As was the case a year ago with Stork, Jackson should compete for a starting job as a rookie as the Patriots look to get younger and more stout at the guard position. - The Sports Xchange
*Eddie Goldman heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Bears' six picks: Round 2/39 -- Eddie Goldman, NT, 6-4, 336, Florida State...A team planning to play a 3-4 was doing it without a real nose tackle until this selection. Although Goldman can play end as well, he is a natural nose who should be on the field on first and second downs but probably not in passing situations. Although he came out as a junior, at the very least he should split time at nose with Jeremiah Ratliff. Quick into a gap, he also can overpower blockers and occupy double teams. "He's strong, he gets off blocks, I really like the pad level he plays with," Bears general manager Ryan Pace said. "He steps up in big moments. Up at the Clemson game this year, there's three game-changing plays he makes to basically win that game for Florida State. This is a stout, strong nose tackle that anchors the middle of your defense. I think he's an ascending player." - The Sports Xchange
Christian Ponder heading into rSr season: 2010: Ranks among the top five at FSU for career passing yards (4th, 6,866), career completions (3rd, 595), career total offense (3rd, 7,696), career TD passes (tied 5th, 49) and career completion percentage (2nd, 62.0)…his 21 career victories as a starter is tied for sixth in school history…despite a season-long battle with an arm injury, Ponder has tossed a single-season, career-high 20 touchdown passes with only eight interceptions in 11 starts…his 49 career TD passes is tied for 19th in ACC history…has completed 183 of 294 attempts for 2,038 yards…has rushed for 177 yards and equaled his single-season, career-high with four TD runs…has six multi-touchdown pass games, including a season-high four against Samford and three against both North Carolina and Florida… Of his 45 third down pass completions, 41 have resulted in first downs or touchdowns...2009: Started the first nine games of the season before being sidelined with a shoulder injury that required surgery... returns to action on a limited basis this spring...despite missing the final three games of the regular season, still ranks first in the ACC and third in the NCAA in total offense (321.78), first in the ACC and sixth in the NCAA in passing yards per game (301.89)...recorded at least 250 yards passing in eight of nine games, including four 300+ yard games...ranks ninth at FSU in career passing yards (4,828)and third in career completion percentage (61.9)…2008: In his first season as a starting quarterback, led FSU to a nine-win season for the first time since 2004.Started all 13 games...named offensive MVP and Seminole Warrior at the football awards dinner...also the junior class academic award winner for the offense...ranked fifth in the ACC in total offense and sixth in pass efficiency...eighth in the conference in passing per game...a major weapon with his feet, Ponder is the first FSU quarterback to run for 400 yards in a season since Charlie Ward ran for 504 in 1992…2007: Played in one game - the first game of his career - as he was forced into action against Virginia Tech when starting quarterback Drew Weatherford was injured in the second quarter of the game on the road…2006: Redshirted.
*Ronald Darby heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Bills' six picks: Round 2/50 -- Ronald Darby, CB, 5-11, 195, Florida State...In Rex Ryan's aggressive defense, it's imperative that he have lots of physical corners who can cover one-on-one and Darby has the size and speed to do that. General manager Doug Whaley acknowledged that Darby's production wasn't great in 2014, but he pointed out that he didn't get challenged much. The year before, he was part of a national championship defense that led the country in fewest passing yards allowed per game. - The Sports Xchange
*Menelik Watson heading into Jr season: A closer look at Raiders' picks: Round 2/42 - Menelik Watson, T, 6-5, 310, Florida State...Unique athletic background for a raw, multi-skilled player who could challenge for starting job on right side with some polish and rapid improvement. Raiders believe he has the passion and drive to be a quick learner and contribute quickly. - The Sports Xchange
Patrick Robinson heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 13 GP; 8 GS; KR: 4-112-28-0; 22 Sol-26 TT, 2 TFL, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 1 FF; Florida State's starter at the boundary corner position in eight games. 2007: 12 GP; 5 GS; 18 Sol-28 TT, 1 TFL, 6 INT, 6 PBU, 1 FF; Earned All-ACC Honorable Mention honors from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association…started five games at the right (boundary) cornerback position…earned a team-high six interceptions including one each in five consecutive games to tie the school record for consecutive games with at least one interception…ranked third in the ACC and tied for 12th nationally with 0.5 interceptions per game. 2006: 12 GP; 0 GS; PR: 4-16-4-0; 6 Sol-11 TT, 1 TFL, 1 BLK; Played in 12 of Florida State's 13 games as a back-up to Tony Carter at the field corner position…blocked a PAT against Clemson that was returned for a defensive score by Tony Carter, the first time in school history that a blocked PAT had been returned for a score…scooped up a blocked point after touchdown by Lawrence Timmons and returned it the length of the field for a two-point defensive PAT against Duke. Personal: Born Sept. 7, 1987…major is sport management.
Lamarcus Joyner heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 2/41 - Lamarcus Joyner, CB, 5-8, 184, Florida State...Joyner plays bigger than his size, not much different than former Louisiana State defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, who is now with the division rival Arizona Cardinals. He should strengthen the Rams' defense as a nickel defender in the slot. He has been durable in college, but will have to show he can do the same at the NFL level. - The Sports Xchange
Bryan Stork heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 4/105 - Bryan Stork, C, 6-4, 300, Florida State...Stork won the Rimington Trophy as the top center in the country while helping FSU to a national title in his final season. The All-America will be expected to come in right away and possible compete for playing time at either center or right guard, where he could easily prove an upgrade over returning veterans Ryan Wendell or Dan Connolly. - The Sports Xchange
Telvin Smith heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Jaguars' pick: Round 5/144 - Telvin Smith, LB, 6-3, 218, Florida State...Solid linebacker for the Seminoles who the Jaguars are high on. Some concern however in that Smith had a diluted urine sample at the combine and will now be a part of NFL drug testing program. Was only a one-year starter at Florida State, but Jaguars coaches like what they saw in coaching him at Senior Bowl. - The Sports Xchange
*Devonta Freeman heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Falcon's picks: Round 4/103 - Devonta Freeman, 5-8, 206, Florida State...Freeman, 5-foot-8 and 206 pounds, rushed 173 times for 1,016 yards last season. He became Florida State's first 1,000-yard rusher since Warrick Dunn accomplished that feat in 1996. He will compete for a backup spot behind Steven Jackson. - The Sports Xchange
*Mario Edwards, Jr. heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Raiders' 10 picks: Round 2/35 -- Mario Edwards Jr., DE, 6-3, 279, Florida State...Battled weight issues early in college and had eight career sacks. The Raiders believe Edwards has his weight under control and can help with the pass rush both outside and inside between 280 and 285 pounds. - The Sports Xchange
*Kelvin Benjamin heading into rSo season: A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 1/28 -- Kelvin Benjamin, WR, 6-5, 240, Florida State...The Panthers appeased many fans and likely quarterback Cam Newton by adding an offensive weapon. Benjamin comes with plenty of concerns, including work ethic and route running, but Carolina had him near the top of their board the last few weeks. - The Sports Xchange
Myron Rolle heading into Sr season: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2009: Will not play in 2009, one of 32 students in America to be named a Rhodes Scholar - the most prestigious academic honor in all of college academics. 2008: 13 GP; 12 GS; 40 Sol-62 TT, 0.5 TFL, 5 PBU; Earned Academic All-America Second Team honors as voted on by the members of CoSIDA. Bill McGrotha/Spirt Humanitarian Award winner for the defense by the coaching staff following the 2008 regular season. Academic Award winner for the junior class on the defensive side of the football. Finalist for the Lott Trophy as the nation's top defensive player. Named the Male Athlete of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus (OH). AP third team All-American. Lott Trophy Player of the Week for his performance in the Seminoles' victory over Virginia Tech. Earned All-ACC Second Team honors. The Seminoles third leading tackler with 62 tackles. Started 12 of the Seminoles' 13 games with his only non-start coming on the day he interviewed for and won the Rhodes Scholarship. Didn't start the game while travelling to Maryland after earning the prestigious award but was on the field in the second quarter and in the second half of the 37-3 victory. 2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; 37 Sol-67 TT, 1.5 TFL, 2 PBU, 2 FR, 1 FF; Fourth on the team in tackles…one of only five Seminole players on the defensive side of the ball who started at the same position in all 13 regular season games…forced the first fumble of his career versus Kentucky that was returned for 52 yards by Tony Carter and set up an FSU TD, which tied the game at 14-14…named to the 2007 All-ACC academic team…inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society…received a Florida State University 2008 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award. 2006: 12 GP; 10 GS; 31 Sol-77 TT, 5.5 TFL, 1 SK, 1 INT, 5 PBU; First team Freshman All-American and the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News…Freshman All-American first team by The American Football Coaches' Association and College Football News…All-ACC Honorable Mention by the ACSMA…Started the final 10 games of the season, moved into the starting line-up after starter Anthony Houllis was lost for the season because of a knee injury…finished third on the team in tackles with 77…finished 17th overall and as the ACC's leading tackler among freshman with a 6.4 tackles per game average …tied for second on the team with five pass break-ups.
Nick O'Leary heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Bills' six picks: Round 6/194 -- Nick O'Leary, TE, 6-3, 247, Florida State...The grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus will have a chance to make the Bills because their tight end depth chart is thin behind free-agent signee Charles Clay. O'Leary was the 2014 John Mackey Award winner as the nation's best tight end. He set FSU tight end records for receptions (114), yards (1,591), and touchdowns (18). He has excellent hands, but his lack of speed will curtail some of that big-play ability. - The Sports Xchange
Vince Williams heading into rSr season: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 6/206 - Vince Williams, ILB, 6-0, 247, Florida State...Steelers will put him at inside linebacker but not sure whether he'll play mack or buck. They have little depth at inside linebacker. He started 26 games the past two seasons and missed all of 2009 with a back injury. - The Sports Xchange
*P.J. Williams heading into Jr season: A closer look at the Saints' nine picks: Round 3/78 -- P.J. Williams, CB, 6-0, 194, Florida State...Well-known for his leaping ability, the Saints are hoping he can add some depth behind starters Keenan Lewis and Brandon Browner. - The Sports Xchange
Rashad Greene heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Jaguars' eight picks: Round 5/139 - Rashad Greene, WR, 6-0, 182, Florida State...Everyone knew the Jaguars would draft another receiver, it was just a matter of who and when. It came in the fifth round and was former FSU standout Greene who had 270 catches for 3,830 yards and 29 scores in his 51 games for the Seminoles. What makes Greene so attractive is that he can easily move inside to the slot receiver spot, enabling the Jaguars to keep their three talented rookies from a year ago (Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns) on the outside. Greene doesn't have the fastest speed, but his route-running and ability to catch the ball over the middle were exceptional at Florida State. - The Sports Xchange
Zebrie Sanders heading into Sr season: A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 5/144 - Zebrie Sanders, OT, 6-5, 320, Florida State...More of a project player than Glenn, can play both right and left side. Dropped after a poor Senior Bowl week. - The Sports Xchange
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