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Florida State football, recruiting news: Two 'Noles make up the nation's top 11 players

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Pro Football focus released its list of top 101 college football players for 2016. Florida State defensive back Derwin James came in at No. 5, one spot ahead of Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, while running back Dalvin Cook was No. 11 on the list. They were the only FSU representatives as DeMarcus Walker and Rod Johnson were both left off that list. Do you think there should have been any other 'Nole included on that list?

5. Derwin James, S, Florida State

One of the nation's most unique players, James settled into a full-time role and never looked back as he was the best true freshman in the nation a year ago. A safety by trade, James moved around Florida State's defense, playing deep safety, box safety, covering the slot, and even lining up as a pure edge rusher where he was outstanding at creating pressure. It's rare that you see a safety line up and beat opposing offensive tackles one-on-one as a rusher, but that's just what James did on his way to ranking among the top 20 safeties in coverage, as a pass rusher and as a run stopper. Perhaps most impressive is posting positive grades in every game, as he found a way to contribute in all phases and he may be the best all-around defensive player in the nation heading into 2016.

11. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State

The most dangerous running back in the nation on a well-blocked play, Cook is a treat to take it to the house any time he reaches the second level as he has angle-breaking speed and acceleration. Other backs are better at maximizing what they're given from a blocking standpoint, but the Cook has the ability to get to top speed quickly and hit the slightest crease for a big play. He led the nation with 62.9 percent of his yards coming on breakaway runs (15-plus yards) in 2015, a year remove from ranking 16th in that department as a true freshman in 2014. Cook's big-play ability is a game-changer for the Florida State offense and his penchant for breaking long runs has added multiple wins for the Seminoles over the last two years.

Florida receiver Alvin Bailey, a Will Muschamp product, has announced his transfer from the school. Bailey was a four-star recruit out of high school in 2013, and has only three receptions in his career. This leaves UF's receiving group more depleted as they lost Ryan Sousa this offseason as well. How will they fare next year against the young, talented Florida State defensive backs?


Tomahawk Nation's Bud Elliott spoke to four-star Florida State commit Isaiah Bolden. Look out for a full synopsis on the interview to come out at 10 AM EST.

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CBS Sports came out with its way too early 2017 mock NBA draft, which includes two Seminoles inside the first round with freshman Jonathan Isaac at No. 14 and sophomore Dwayne Bacon at No. 27. Where do you think they wind up getting drafted?

Florida State baseball first baseman Dylan Busby will participate in the college home run derby, taking place in Omaha on Saturday. The sophomore slammed a team leading 14 home runs this year.


Former FSU QB Everett Golson found his way onto the roster of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, signing a contract after current third-string QB Jacory Harris was placed on the six game injury list.

Alex Gelhar of Fantasy broke down the future sophomore seasons of Bucs QB Jameis Winston and Titans QB Marcus Mariota. In the end, Gelhar said he would chose Winston due to his proficient passing. What do you think Winston's 2016 stat line will look like?