Florida State Football: Breaking Down the Seminoles' 2014 NFL Draft Prospects

Breaking Down the Seminoles' 2014 NFL Draft Prospects

1/31/14 in NCAAF   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The Florida State Seminoles were the best team in all of college football in 2013, so - as I am sure you can imagine - they have quite a few players who will be given a hard look by NFL scouts between now and the draft. Here is a look at the Florida State prospects who are expected to be drafted, listed in order of how CBS Sports ranks them:

DT Timmy Jernigan (6-foot-2, 300 lbs): Jernigan had a great collegiate career, which he capped off by absolutely dominating in Florida State's national championship win over Auburn. Jernigan was the best player on the field for the Seminoles in the biggest game of his career, which obviously shows that he does not shy away in big moments. He moves very well for his size, often wins with overbearing strength, and eats up blockers to free up other defenders. He extends his arms well at the line of scrimmage to get a good look into the backfield and make correct reads. Two areas of concern are his stamina and his inability to get a good jump when the ball is snapped, though both of those are quite fixable. It would be surprising to see Jernigan fall out of the first round.

Blog Photo - Florida State Football: Breaking Down the Seminoles' 2014 NFL Draft ProspectsWR Kelvin Benjamin (6-foot-5, 235 lbs): This prospect is all about size. Benjamin was wildly inconsistent during his two years playing for the Seminoles, but a late-season outburst in 2013 boosted his stock incredibly. Over the final three games of Florida State's championship campaign, Benjamin racked up a ridiculous 18 catches for 385 yards and six touchdowns. In 11 games before that, however, he topped 73 yards just once. Benjamin's up-and-down numbers stem from his inconsistency at the catch point, as well as some issues with drops. He is not a strong route runner, and scouts have questioned his ability to learn an NFL playbook. He will take some time to develop, but Benjamin's size could see him drafted in the first round.

CB Lamarcus Joyner (5-foot-8, 190 lbs): Size is a bit of a concern, but Joyner still has plenty of great traits to offer and could be a great fit in the slot at the next level. He is an explosive player who excels at blitzing from the outside - he had 5.5 sacks in 2013. He is a fantastic run defender by cornerback standards. He played a good deal at safety during his time at Florida State, displaying his versatility. He has phenomenal instincts and leaves it all on the field every game. Joyner is a likely second-round pick who could potentially find his way into the first round as a complete-package defensive back.

OLB Telvin Smith (6-foot-3, 218 lbs): The weight is certainly not ideal for a linebacker, but Smith possesses exceptional range and closing speed to make up for it. He is super athletic, and even improved his ability to attack blockers and play the run in 2013. His ideal fit in the NFL looks to be as a 4-3 outside linebacker. What is encouraging about Smith is that he has the frame to add quite a bit of bulk - if he can get bigger, his biggest weakness would be nullified. He has the look of an early day-two pick.
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