Tag:Florida State Seminoles
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:05 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 3:34 pm

Report: Brandon Jenkins returning to Florida St

Expectations of a return to dominance for the Florida State Seminoles in 2012 got a boost Thursday with news that their leading pass rusher, junior defensive end Brandon Jenkins, is returning for his senior season.

John Crist, Editor-in-Chief of NoleDigest.com is reporting that the Seminoles' star is returning after speaking with Jenkins' mother. Felicia Jenkins is quoted as saying, "He took all of that information and we all thought he was still going to go but he decided to stay."

The 6-3, 265 pound Jenkins was viewed by NFLDraftScout.com as the latest undersized Seminole pass rusher whose best opportunity in the NFL might be in switching to outside linebacker for a 3-4 club. He was graded as a possible second round choice and as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 7 outside linebacker prospect.

Jenkins exploded onto the scene in 2010, recording 56 tackles and tying Troy's Jonathan Massaquoi for second in the country with 13.5 sacks. Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers led the nation with 15.5 sacks and he did it in 13 games compared to Jenkins' 14.

With opponents now game-planning against his speed, Jenkins saw his numbers dip in 2011. He totaled 41 tackles and eight sacks as a junior but still was recognized as a Second Team All-ACC pick.

With an extra year to develop his strength and flexibility, Jenkins should prove one of the nation's most feared pass rushers in 2012. He'll be aided by the usual Florida State talent, including intriguing Berlin, Germany native Bjoern Werner, who finished second on the team to Jenkins with 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks in 2011.

Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:57 pm

FSU: OT Andrew Datko's surgery "didn't take"

Florida State offensive tackle Andrew Datko, NFLDraftScout.com's top rated senior prospect at the position, was held out of Saturday's upset loss to Wake Forest with a shoulder injury. Even worse, it doesn't sound like he's close to returning despite having undergone surgery on the shoulder early last week.

Seminoles' head coach Jimbo Fisher didn't sound at all optimistic about his senior tackle's chances at seeing the field soon when asked about Datko following the loss.

"It's not good. He can't play. The surgeries didn't take," Fisher said.

Datko underwent surgery over the summer to repair problems with his shoulders. He had separated one of them and tore the labrum in the other during his junior season. Despite the surgeries, Datko has been characterized as "questionable" for much of the early schedule this season and was held out of play Saturday after it was obvious during warmups that he was limited.

In his place the Seminoles started 17-year old true freshman Bobby Hart, who, not surprisingly, struggled.

With a clean bill of health, Datko had been rated by NFLDraftScout.com as a potential first round prospect. With a number of the top rated tackles from the Class of 2012 having left early for the NFL last season, Datko was the leader almost by default, as he ranked only fourth on NFLDraftScout.com's true tackle ratings behind juniors Matt Kalil (USC), Riley Reiff (Iowa) and Jonathan Martin (Stanford).

For my money, Ohio State's Mike Adams, who returned this past week from a five game suspension, is next in line as the best of the senior class tackles. Should Datko's troublesome shoulder(s) continue to be a problem, he could slip significantly down the board.
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:44 pm

Florida State CB Reid arrested, jailed

Florida State junior cornerback and return extraordinaire Greg Reid is in trouble with the police.

According to a report from the AP, Reid was arrested at 2:30 am this morning by Tallahassee police on charges of resisting arrest and perjury. Reid was attempting to hide a friend who was looking to evade police after having been stopped earlier.

The Tallahassee Democrat is reporting that Reid was jailed in lieu of a $500 bond. It also reports that Reid's lawyer, Tim Jansen, believes that Reid shouldn't have been arrested in the first place.

Reid was suspended for the Seminoles second game of the 2011 season (Charleston Southern) for breaking unspecified team rules. He was held out of the Seminoles loss to the Clemson Tigers this past weekend due to a knee bruise suffered the week earlier in a loss to Oklahoma.

The Seminoles certainly could have used the playmaking Reid on the field Saturday against the suddenly pass-happy Clemson Tigers. Sophomore quarterback Tajh Boyd completed 62.2% of his passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns in the big conference win.

When healthy and focused, Reid is among the better cover corners in the country. Last season he earned Honorable Mention All-ACC honors with three interceptions. Reid also enjoyed one of the greatest single-game performances of the year against South Carolina in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Playing in front of his father, Reid posted four tackles, two forced fumbles, and four pass breakups. The 5-08, 186 pound Reid laid out South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore with an explosive, clean hit that ended the SEC star's night early. Though Alshon Jeffery was officially credited with nine catches for 130 yards, Reid more than held his own against the big receiver. He also contributed 71 yards as a returner.

Any extended loss of Reid could be a critical loss to a Seminoles team that is suddenly swooning. The arrest certainly won't do Reid, a true junior some thought might be looking ahead to the 2012 draft, any favors with pro scouts, either.

Reid is currently graded by NFLDraftScout.com as a 3rd round prospect and is rated as our No. 11 cornerback for the 2013 draft class. 

Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:39 am

Some teams grading Coples back at DT

Considering the rare blend of size, power and speed that Quenton Coples demonstrated in 2010 while at defensive tackle, many assumed that the North Carolina Tar Heel would be able to duplicate -- or even improve -- as a senior when allowed to move back outside to his more "natural" defensive end position.

So far, it hasn't happened and that fact is leading some NFL teams to switch their projection from defensive end back to defensive tackle.

"Look, I'm not saying he can't play outside," one high-ranking team official told me recently. "But he isn't a quick-twitch pass rusher and why would you invest that type of draft pick into a left defensive end? You wouldn't. Many 4-3 teams are going to eventually move him inside to defensive tackle. He can give you a pass rush there and is so big and strong, he'll be fine against the run."

Coples certainly is big and strong. Rated by some scouts as the elite senior talent in the entire country heading into this season, the 6-5, 278 pound All-ACC pick is viewed as a prospect who could get even bigger in the pros.

"He's got a long, lean, naturally powerful frame. He could add another 10-15 pounds without a significant loss in speed," said a scout representing another 4-3 team also speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Coples, a defensive end before moving inside last year to help a Tar Heels squad reeling from suspensions and injuries, enjoyed a breakout junior season in which he racked up 59 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. So far this season, he's struggled to make plays from the outside. He generally has played at left defensive end (against the right tackle), but was switched back and forth between left and right defensive end in this past weekend's game versus Virginia. The results weren't statistically impressive. Coples registered just three tackles against the Cavaliers, two of which were assists. He did also register three QB pressures.
Over the first three games of the season, Coples has posted six total tackles (four solos). He has two tackles for loss (both sacks) on the year, though they both came against James Madison in a 42-10 season-opening rout at home.

I touched upon Coples' recent struggles in my Big Board, where the North Carolina defender has slowly -- but steadily -- dropped from No. 2 in my rankings of potential 2012 draft prospects to his current No. 5. Coples is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 rated overall prospect for the 2012 draft. He's rated behind only Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

I see some similarities in Coples' game to that of another former ACC star who has gone on to enjoy significant success in the NFL -- Arizona Cardinals' defensive end Darnell Dockett (who played his collegiate ball at Florida State). Though he projects nicely inside for a four-man front, like the 6-4, 290 pound Dockett, Coples could be also be a star as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme.

Fewer and fewer, however, believe he'll be able to make as significant of an impact playing outside in the 4-3 against NFL speed.
Posted on: September 16, 2011 2:58 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 5:39 pm

Five prospects I'll be scouting closely Saturday

Each Friday I list my "Five prospects" that I'll be focusing on for the upcoming weekend. In reality, I'm focusing on dozens of prospects each week, but the players listed below are playing in high profile games and against the caliber of competition that I believe provides us with an opportunity to truly assess how a collegiate player might fare when asked to make the huge jump to the NFL.

Typically I focus on senior prospects in this space. However, with it becoming more and more obvious as to which underclassmen are considering the jump to the pros, I'll be incorporating a few more juniors and redshirt sophomores in the coming weeks.

Because I'm scouting them in real time these players make an early impression, often leading to consideration as my Prospect of the Week or Diamond in the Rough. I also try to tweet comments on prospects throughout Saturday's action. You can follow me on Twitter @RobRang.

Sometimes it also leads to the player being featured in Draft Slant , NFLDraftScout.com and CBSSports.com's weekly NFL Draft preview. In each PDF issue of Draft Slant Senior Analyst Chad Reuter breaks down six more players in Filmroom Notes, updates our Top 64 prospects overall and offers extensive previews of the next week's action. Here is the link to this week's issue of Draft Slant. Or for the entire season click this link . Looking for a specific week? Download past issues from the past three years here.

Without any further adieu, here are the five prospects, as well as the cable provider and time you can expect to see them.

RB Tauren Poole, Tennessee: There are some huge games this weekend, but few have the longstanding rivalry that Tennessee-Florida boasts. Poole is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 7 rated running back, but he boasts a combination of size, speed, elusiveness and power that could translate into a starter at the next level. When you take into account all of the talented underclassmen, Poole is our 16th rated RB and that seems waaay too low based on the tape I've seen. With a strong game against an athletic Gator defense playing in front of their home crowd, he could get my vote to move up significantly in our rankings. This game begins at 3:30 pm EST and will be televised by CBS.

DT Alameda Ta'amu, Washington: For all of the attention that Jake Locker and running back Chris Polk gained for their roles in Washington's surprising Holiday Bowl victory over Nebraska in January, the emergence of this 6-3, 337 run-stuffer was a critical piece tot he puzzle. Ta'Amu and the Huskies will be facing a more motivated Huskers offense this time around, so it will be fascinating to see how these two teams perform in the rubber match. A strong performance in this game could lead to the underdog Huskies giving Nebraska a tough game and also push Ta'Amu into legitimate first round consideration. He could follow Phil Taylor and BJ Raji as recent run-stuffers whose strong senior seasons catapulted them into the top 32. This game begins at 3:30 pm EST and will be televised by ABC/ESPN.

DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State: One could argue that for Michigan State to beat Notre Dame, the pressure is most on senior quarterback Kirk Cousins.However, considering the way the Irish defense has played, Cousins could have a field day. The greater pressure (and thus, why I, scouts will be paying close attention) will be on the Spartans' defense to bottle up the Irish offense. Worthy shows flashes of the penetrating quickness and power that can result in a first round pick, but needs to be more consistent. This game could go a long way in determing whether Worthy (a junior) should consider making the early leap to the NFL. This game begins at 3:30 pm EST and will be televised by NBC.

OLB Sean Spence, Miami: It wasn't that long ago when Miami-Ohio State would have ranked as the top game of the weekend. Now, for many it has become an after-thought. Not to me, however, and certainly not to scouts. Spence is one of the better chase linebackers in the country, but is undersized. He struggled handling Terrelle Pryor last year in this contest. While Pryor is obviously now an Oakland Raider, it will be interesting to see if Spence remembers his atypical performance a year ago and improves his open field tackling this time around. I expect that he will. This game begins at 7:30 pm EST and will be televised by ESPN.

QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma: In case you haven't seen my Top 32 "Bigger Board," let me just say right now that I'm lower on Jones than most. While he undeniably has an NFL combination of size and arm strength, I question whether he has the accuracy and poise to be an elite pro quarterback. The fact that he's coming out of a spread offense that significantly inflates his production and typically protects him from pressure doesn't help his cause at all. However, to beat a fast, aggressive Seminoles' defense in Tallahassee, Jones will have to show improved accuracy and calm in the pocket -- which could lead me to re-evaluate him quickly. There is legitimate NFL talent on both sides of the ball for both of these programs. No one has more riding on their performance, however, than Jones, a junior passer who some compare to Sam Bradford and view as a potential top five pick in the 2012 draft. This game begins at 8:00 pm EST and will be televised by ABC.

Posted on: September 7, 2009 12:41 pm

Two Labor Day games with NFL talent

For those needing a fix of football on Labor Day, there are two games today in which the NFL scouts certainly will be paying attention.

Cincinnati visits Rutgers in a Big East battle at 4pm (EST). Miami visits Florida State in an ACC clash at 8 pm (EST). Both games will be televised by ESPN.

While the Miami/Florida State contest is certain to get more hype, the Cincinnati/Rutgers contest offers just as much, if not more for scouts to watch. Certainly the most intriguing one on one battle should come from this contest as Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard (6-0, 187, #1), NFLDraftScout.com's #2 rated senior wideout is expected to be shadowed by Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty (5-11, 190, #21).

The more impressive of the two will make this week's issue of Draft Slant, NFLDraftScout.com's weekly PDF that highlights ten of the more intriguing NFL prospects from the previous week's action, as well as much more.

For more information about Draft Slant, follow the link below.


Posted on: August 17, 2009 10:35 pm

Rookie Impressions -- Everette Brown

The Carolina Panthers traded their first round pick in next April's draft to the San Francisco 49ers for the right to select Florida State pass rusher Everette Brown 43rd overall. The All-American registered 21.5 tackles for loss, including an ACC-leading 13.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles for the Seminoles as a junior. Officially listed by the Seminoles at 6-4, 252 pounds, Brown turned up a stunning 2.5 inches shorter at only 6-1 (1/2), which led to his drop out of the first round.

Brown was flip-flopped between left and right defensive end for the Panthers on Monday Night Football against the New Yotk Giants. Some of his more spirited battles came against fellow rookie William Beatty (Connecticut), also drafted in the second round. Brown's sack of Andre Woodson, arguably his best play of the night, was against Beatty.

Everette Brown, Carolina Panthers DE #91 -- Looks even smaller than his Combine measurements. Discouraging inconsistency in his get-off at the snap. Flashed the good burst he'd shown in college, but relied on guessing the snap count too often tonight. Was even occasionally the last on the line reacting to the snap. Had to beat tackle with his initial burst, as he lacked the strength to push the pocket consistently with his bull rush. Lack of upper body explosiveness limits his effectivess in all areas. Good lateral agility to re-direct, but has to get by cleanly, as bigger tackles can simply push him off his route due to his lack of size, strength. Quick hands to get into the tackle's chest. Flashes the strength to pull the tackle down and swim over the top of him. Flashed suddenness to accelerate with the ball-carrier in view. Only marginal strength to pull down the quarterback. Spinning, drag-down tackle for his sack of Woodson in the 3rd quarter.

With offenses having to account for Julius Peppers, Brown has an opportunity to enjoy immediate success. Though his overall play Monday night was a bit disappointing and Brown's lack of prototypical size and strength limits his ability to be an every-down defender, his burst, long arms and closing speed should still make him one of the more successful rookie pass rushers this season.
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