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Florida State football, recruiting news: Will Ramsey go No. 1 overall?

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- CBS Sports' Jon Solomon addresses some of the biggest questions entering spring football, including one about Florida State's biggest home opponent in 2016.

5. Clemson's depth on defense: Deshaun Watson and the Clemson offense could be scary good in 2016. But the bigger story for the Tigers, who started spring practice this week, is depth on defense. How well Clemson has recruited and developed players will get tested in 2016. Dabo Swinney has said Clemson got lucky it stayed healthy on defense in 2015 to reach the national championship game.

Now Clemson must replace six defensive starters lost early to the NFL: defensive ends Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd, safeties Jayron Kearse and T.J. Green, cornerback Mackensie Alexander and linebacker Travis Blanks. Throw in a couple players whose eligibility expired and the Tigers' defense is virtually brand new again in 2016.

Clemson's defense heard this talk a year ago when eight starters left, and the unit more than held its own. Still, linebacker Ben Boulware, cornerback Cordrea Tankersley and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins need help. Some names to watch to possibly replace Lawson and Dodd at defensive end: Austin Bryant and Richard Yeargin.

- Florida State has had its fingerprints all over ESPN's countdown of the 25 most iconic ACC plays of the last decade. Today's listing of #15 to #10 was no different as a very memorable play from the Seminoles' 2014 season coming in at No. 15.


- Matt Fortuna of ESPN reports that Jimbo Fisher is one of the few NCAA coaches to approve of Jim Harbaugh's satellite spring practices at IMG Academy but Fisher does have a new explanation for why this could be considered illegal.

- In basketball recruiting, FSU commit Trent Forrest capped off his high school career on top after leading Chipley High School to the 1A State Title, as told by Dustin Kent of the Panama City News-Herald.


- Fresh off his awe-inspiring combine performance, former Seminole Jalen Ramsey has been bumped up to the No 1 overall selection in Pro Football Focus' latest mock draft.

Tennessee Titans - Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

There is change at the top as Ramsey takes over the No. 1 spot for a number of reasons. While Ohio State's Joey Bosa is still a favorite of ours, he's not a perfect fit for Tennessee's scheme, and when given the opportunity to draft a playmaker like Ramsey it's difficult to pass that up. He's an excellent all-around football player as he can cover, tackle and play the run. For the Titans, he will excel as a zone corner where his length and athleticism allow him to compress passing lanes as he develops his skills as a press man coverage cornerback. He has the size and length to become one of the league's best, and given his domination at the combine, the physical attributes are there as well.

- In less promising news for recent FSU departures, Nile Lawrence-Stample could see his draft stock fall due to an incredibly deep defensive tackle draft class.

Other Sports

- Mike Rutherford of SB Nation provides a must-read guide of all upcoming NCAA basketball conference tournaments.

The FSU baseball team needed 14 innings to defeat Villanova Wednesday night.

Dwayne Bacon was the only member of the FSU basketball player to be named to the ACC's All-Academic team.