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Florida State football, recruiting news: Two Noles make early 2017 mock drafts

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Which Seminoles are being projected in 2017's NFL first round in early mock drafts?

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It's entirely too early to make mock drafts for 2017 with any certainty, but media outlets are going to do it because fans want to read them. With that in mind, two FSU underclassmen have consistently made the mocks I found.

Dalvin Cook

5. Florida State RB Dalvin Cook — Don't forget Cook in the discussion of the special backs in this class, which is quite deep. But there might be no bigger game breaker in college football than Cook, who has incredible burst and surprising pop to his game. -- Yahoo

17. Oakland Raiders: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State: Latavius Murray is a free agent after the season, and Cook would be an upgrade. -- SB Nation

16. Detroit Lions - Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State. Rushed for 1,691 yards and 19 TDs and is as explosive as any workhorse RB to come out college football in a long time. Six games with 20+ carries; averaged 7.4 ypc for the season. Probably measures smaller than 6-foot, 203-pounds but who cares. I see a faster Joe Morris (former Giants star) with a hint of LT. -- The Big Lead

13.The depth chart in Washington right now reads: Matt Jones, Chris Thompson and Mack Brown. While Jones has big potential, he also struggled with fumbles in his rookie campaign and may not be more than a thumper at the position. Adding a dynamic three-down back in a loaded 2017 class would be a classic Scot McCloughan move.

Dalvin Cook has electric speed in space, phenomenal vision and the three-down tools as a receiver and blocker to wow NFL scouts and coaches. In Washington he would be a great fit in tandem with Jones—who brings more power to the table than speed.

Cook's star is shooting way up, and NFL teams will be quick to grab this college version of Jamaal Charles. -- NFL Draft Scout

Roderick Johnson

The massive left tackle is a premium prospect

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State -- Johnson's development has been a little slower than expected, but he plays at a premium position. --SB Nation

11. Buffalo Bills - Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State. Named the best blocker in the ACC last year. Is 6-foot-6, 325 pounds. I loved the Bills 2016 draft. First three picks helped front seven of the defense; and then got QB Cardale Jones (Tyrod Taylor a free agent in 2017). I even like RB Jonathan Williams and WR Kolby Listenbee. The Bills slapped a franchise tag on Cordy Glenn for 2016. -- The Big Lead

16. Buffalo Bills The Pick: OT Roderick Johnson, FSU

The offensive line in Buffalo is holding up, but it can't be long before the hole at right tackle must be filled. That's where big Roderick Johnson comes in.

A top-tier left tackle at Florida State, Johnson has the size (6'6", 323 lbs) to line up on either side and be a Day 1 impact. He's smooth, powerful, long and has the football IQ to handle either side of the line without taking a step back.

If the Bills wanted to move Cordy Glenn to right tackle, Johnson has the skills to be an NFL left tackle right out of the gate. He brings a top-tier ceiling and a talent that may have him becoming a top-10 pick by next April. -- NFL Draft Scout


Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, WR Mike Williams and Cordrea Tankersley, Florida CB Jalen Tabor, Miami QB Brad Kaaya and Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly are littered throughout the top lists linked here today. FSU's schedule is not easy.


I didn't see FSU senior defensive end Demarcus Walker in any of the mocks except for Sports Illistrated's. Walker has good bulk but is not that long, and is not a premier pass rusher. If there is a lesson from the 2016 NFL Draft, it's that the league is becoming more and more of a passing league and that defenders who are better against the run than pass are going to slip. Coming back to school may prove to be the right decision as he obviously did not receive a first-round grade, but the improvement may be going from the third round to the second.

There are two players I think have a non-zero shot to be drafted in the first round with a monster year: CB Marquez White and LB Matthew Thomas. They have a lot of ability and will be fun to watch.

What if mocks were seven rounds instead of one?

How many of seniors Sean Maguire, Mario Pender, Jesus Wilson, Kermit Whitfield, Freddie Stevenson, Chris Casher, Chad Mavety, Kareem Are, Justin Shanks and Nate Andrews get drafted? Who, if any?

I don't see any underclassmen other than Cook, Johnson and Thomas who should leave early, though with monster seasons I bet Derrick Nnadi, Travis Rudolph and Walvenski Aime could do it. And I think Ro'Derrick Hoskins and Trey Marshall may have a shot to be drafted down the line, but I don't believe they'd go early now.


The KC Chiefs gave Terrance Smith a nice signing bonus for an undrafted free agent. If he's able to stay healthy I could see him sticking around. See all of FSU's UDFA tracker here. Good luck to these guys, even though the vast majority have their degree and are not desperate for NFL-only success.

The Bucs are still trying to justify their overdraft of kicker Roberto Aguayo. I love Roberto Aguayo, but as a Bucs fan I hate the pick because Tampa gave away two good picks to move up. Kickers drafted in the first three rounds really are no guarantee and it's so common to find a good kicker in the undrafted free agent market. I remember Nate Kaeding being the best kicker ever and having kicked in weather in Iowa. He didn't last 15 years and was less than 85 percent three of his seven full seasons kicking in beautiful San Diego. For all the talk of Sebastian Janikowski being an amazing NFL kicker, he has averaged just 80 percent for his career, which is 39th all time. Hardly worth a first rounder.


FSU is starting to trend for 6'7 tight end prospect Alexander Marshall of Andover, Mass. FSU has done a good job with tall tight ends from the Northeast. His competition is poor but he destroys it like you would expect a major prospect to do.

I wrote about how elite recruits really should consider playbooks when picking a school if their goal is the NFL.