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Florida State football: NFL's experts on combine participants

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports has released its scouting notes on players invited to the NFL Combine, and there are some good details in there, but it also makes me think some of these writers have not watched who they are writing about.

On Jalen Ramsey:


"Some scouts on the road think he's overrated and some think he's the next Richard Sherman. We all agree that he's going to win the combine and that (Mike) Mayock won't stop talking about him." --­ NFC director of football operations


Sean Smith


Press ­cover corner with disruptive length to fluster receivers and the makeup speed/leaping ability to stymie downfield attacks. Ramsey made more plays on the ball from the slot last year, but his ability to jam and trail receivers limited playmaking opportunities this year. Ramsey has all-­pro potential and traits, but could use a little more bravado and attitude play in and play out.

Huh? More Bravado and attitude? Ramsey was always on the verge of getting personal fouls and is a legendary trash talker.

On Giorgio Newberry:

BOTTOM LINE Projection-­based player only. Used as a sub­-package rusher at Florida State, but didn?t generate the pressures or sack totals expected from a "specialist". Looks stiff on tape, but if he tests well at combine, could get some attention thanks size.

A situational pass rusher at 6'6, 295, eh?

Overall, it looks like the experts expect Ramsey, Aguayo and Smith to be drafted. It's unclear what it expects to happen with Nile Lawrence-Stample, Lamarcus Brutus and Giorgio Newberry will end up.

Other notes:

Terrance Smith

Tall linebacker who could play inside in a 3-4 or outside in a 4­-3. Smith has the chase speed to be a factor all over the field, but the production doesn?t match up with the athleticism. Smith doesn?t have the play strength to consistently finish as a tackler and he shows a surprising lack of tackles for loss considering his speed and the defensive linemen he has played behind. As a former sprinter and jumper in high school, Smith should star at the combine which could get him drafted ahead of where his production says he should go.

Nile Lawrence-Stample

BOTTOM LINE While he has the thickness of a plugging nose tackle, Lawrence­-Stample didn't control his grass and dominate at the point of attack as much as scouts wanted to see this season. He has enough power in his base to anchor against double teams and his work at the point of attack will improve with more hand work. Appears to be a backup interior lineman who can handle rotational work.

Roberto Aguayo

BOTTOM LINE Burst onto the college scene by winning the Lou Groza Award as a redshirt freshman and performing at a high level during the Seminoles' run under Jameis Winston. Aguayo is considered an accurate, clutch kicker but with average leg strength. Aguayo is the first kicker to declare early for the draft since Sebastian Janikowski and is expected to be drafted, though not as early as "Seabass" was.

Lamarcus Brutus

BOTTOM LINE Head coach Jimbo Fisher has praised Brutus for his attitude and work­ ethic in working his way up the food chain with Florida State. Brutus? plays an intelligent, instinct­-based game that puts him in good position most of time, but his lack of speed tends to limit him into deep safety responsibilities much of the time. Might lack the size and speed to make it in the league.