Is it possible for a college team to have an over-abundance of NFL talent? If so, that would be Florida State. This is a school that is cranking out some of the best prospects in NFL scouting circles right now, not the least of which is current projected number one overall pick Jameis Winston.
Because FSU has so many talented prospects, we’re going to look at them split up by each side of the ball. And we’ll start with the reigning Heisman Trophy Winner.
Quarterback, RS Sophomore
Heisman Trophy Winner, All-American, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Rookie of the Year, and only a redshirt freshman? Oh, by the way, he is also a pro baseball prospect and plays for FSU’s baseball squad. Despite Winston’s odd mix-up with some crab at a grocery store, Winston has got to be among the top 10 prospects on anyone’s board at this point. He showed incredible accuracy and drive to win last season for the Seminoles, and a phenomenal level of maturity on the field for someone who is in their first year of starting at a major university that was ready to win a national title. And Winston was a major reason for that rather than simply a benefactor of the people around him. The questions for Winston are not of whether he is big enough, whether he has a strong enough arm, or whether he’s athletic enough to be a top draft pick. The reasons some may question this kid are some odd decisions off the field as well as a long release. Still, this is a raw player who has already shown an amazing ability to produce at a very high level and deliver an MVP performance in the National Title game as just a freshman. If he decides to leave FSU after this season, there’s no question he’ll be in contention for the #1 overall selection.
Offensive Tackle, Senior
Erving is a 6’5″ 304 pound offensive tackle who is a former defensive tackle entering his third season as a starter at offensive tackle for Florida State. Erving made the tough decision to pass on what could have potentially been a first round selection in order to return to Florida State in hopes of reaching another National Championship game. He is strong and powerful but, as they sometimes say for big guys with quick feet, he looks like a dancing bear. Some scouts believe he needs only more seasoning before he’s ready for the NFL spotlight and has a chance to be a top five pick when all is said and done.
Wide Receiver, Senior
For a team with as much talent as Florida State, it’s hard to believe that Greene has done what he has. That, of course, is leading the team in receiving three straight years, coming up with 76 catches in 2013 for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns. Greene is a speedy receiver who is really light, and will probably need to add some weight to answer questions about durability concerns going to the next level, but it’s hard to believe he could be in line for a fourth straight year of leading the ‘Noles in receiving. He’s a quick receiver with big play ability who sometimes catches with his body, but has no shortage of numbers to stand by as proof that he gets the job done.
Tight End, Senior
I’m just going to say, O’Leary sort of reminds me of former Iowa star and Indianapolis Colts star Dallas Clark. Maybe it’s the fact that he doesn’t wear gloves, or how old school he seems to play, but this guy is a favorite. He is a sure-handed receiver with a little bit of H-back size, so he’s not necessarily a traditional tight end. He caught seven touchdowns as a junior, but had a motorcycle accident that kept him out all of Spring and could cost him in terms of playing time.
Jackson has started 28 games in his FSU career and is possibly the best guard in the country. Another player who could have left after his junior season and been a high pick, the First Team All-ACC performer has an impressive combination of size, athletic ability, raw power, as well as technical skills that NFL teams will covet. He has a chance to be a really good one for a long time, and perhaps a plug-and-play at the NFL level.
Running Back, Senior
The former safety was 2nd on the team last year with 11 rushing touchdowns to go along with 730 yards and a YPC average over 8. This is a big, athletic running back with vision and big play ability. With James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman gone, Williams will take over as the team’s top running back and has a chance to establish himself as one of the best in the country this year.