Florida State's annual Garnet and Gold Game will take place this Saturday in Orlando's Citrus Bowl, and today we learned that the 'Noles have tweaked that process a bit. In the past, one squad would be comprised of the first-team offense and the second-team defense, while the other would consist of the first-team defense and the second-team offense.
That format has been altered this year. Instead, the seniors were divided in half and allowed to draft their teammates, per Head Coach Jimbo Fisher. In order to foster balance, Fisher said that once a player is selected by one team, his backup will automatically be placed on the opposite squad. So the depth chart won't be quite as clear cut as it usually is, but we still should be able to glean some information from the rosters, which FSU is planning on releasing tomorrow (be sure to check back, as we'll post them once they're made available).
Naturally, Fisher was tight-lipped about the results of the draft, not revealing who went first overall. However, later in the day, we were able to speak with some underclassmen, and they were more forthright in their responses to my question of whom they would take first, if they were drafting.
Up first was redshirt-sophomore defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas, who went with a fellow lineman, albeit from the other side of the ball: "I'd pick Rod Johnson first."
Redshirt-junior linebacker Ro'Derrick Hoskins didn't exactly divulge whom his selection would be, but he did indicate one player who'd been a popular choice: "A lot of people picked Derwin [James]."
Junior offensive lineman Rick Leonard has played both defense and offense for the 'Noles, of course-- but it sounds like his loyalties have transferred to his new spot on the OL: "Oh man. I mean, I guess Dalvin because you need a running back." Of course, Cook will miss the Spring Game after undergoing shoulder surgery. Leonard continued: "Or Rod, on the o-line. We're all good." Leonard did give us one detail about the teams: he said he's on the same squad as DeMarcus Walker, and that the two have already commenced trash talking their opponents.
How about you, Florida State fans? What would your FSU draft board look like?