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Florida State football, recruiting news: Will no ACC team make the 2017 College Football Playoff?

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6. Tarvarus McFadden, CB, FSU

The Seminoles' top cornerback had a breakout season in 2016, making an FBS-high eight interceptions with the kind of size and length, at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, that NFL scouts crave at the position. Three of those picks came against quarterbacks who were 2017 draft picks (Deshaun Watson, Brad Kaaya, Chad Kelly), and another came against Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. McFadden missed spring practice due to shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, but will be back this fall as one of the nation's elite cover men.

1. Derwin James, S, FSU

After a fabulous freshman season in 2015, James finished third in the ACC Rookie of the Year voting. He played multiple roles in the Seminoles' defense, playing effectively both in coverage and as an occasional blitzer. Last season, he made his first career interception against Ole Miss in FSU's season opener, but a Week 2 injury to his left knee put James out for the season. He returns this fall as a redshirt sophomore with understandably high expectations. analyst Daniel Jeremiah compared him favorably to Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor.


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