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Breaking down the weekend’s action

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Florida State football had four players selected in the 2021 NFL Draft, with two others signing as undrafted free agents.

Check out a recap below of the week’s action, as well as takes from our SB Nation sister sites and other analysts as well as quotes from the players, coaches and team personnel.

Draft notes, via FSU Sports Info:

  • Florida State has produced 292 draft picks all-time
  • At least one Seminole has been selected in 38 straight drafts, a streak that dates back to 1984 and is the 8th-longest active streak in the nation
  • Florida State has produced 47 draft picks since 2013, the 6th-highest total in the nation
  • Each player drafted in 2021 was selected by a team that already had at least one former Seminole on its active roster
  • Florida State had multiple defensive backs taken in the same draft for the 13th time in program history, most among all ACC schools
  • 34 FSU defensive backs have been selected in the last 34 NFL Drafts. 48 defensive backs have been drafted all-time, including 19 in the first two rounds
  • Florida State had multiple defensive linemen picked in the same draft for the 13th time in program history, all since 1990. No other ACC program has more than eight years with multiple defensive linemen selected since 1990, and the 13 times overall ranks 2nd all-time among ACC schools
  • The Seminoles have had 53 defensive linemen drafted all-time, including 34 in the first four rounds
  • The 2021 NFL Draft was the 11th time at least four defensive players from Florida State were selected in the same year and the seventh occurrence since 2001
  • Florida State holds the ACC record for most draft picks in a single year with 11 in 2013 and 2015
  • The Seminoles’ 44 first-round picks since 1973 rank 6th nationally, and FSU’s 24 first-rounders since 2010 are tied for 6th in the country

Second Round

No. 47, Asante Samuel Jr., Los Angeles Chargers

“There’s a lot of evidence of Asante playing out there,” Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said of Samuel Jr., “and I think the one thing that we just really value with this guy is that he can get you the ball, he’s got those instincts that that process or that concept trigger that can get you the football. He’s got a really good body — if you take a look at him this guy, he’s a really strong player and you know, we feel he’s a complete DB.”

Samuel’s selection appears to at least partially due to lobbying on the part of former Florida State defensive back Derwin James, who had been in the ear of everyone possible to vouch for the legacy NFL player.

“[Derwin’s] just been always in my ear like, he always wanted to play with me, the coaches love me you know,” Samuel Jr. said after being drafted. “He just wanted to make sure that we end up on the same team. I’m just blessed to have him on the team, an older guy from FSU.”

Bolts from the Blue’s take:

During his time at Florida State, Samuel saw the field immediately, playing in 12 total games with three starts as a freshman. He led the team with nine pass breakups with one tackle-for-loss. As a true sophomore, he earned himself Third-Team All-ACC honors after leading the entire conference with 14 PBUs and his first collegiate interception. Samuel started eight games for the Seminoles before opting out for the rest of the season to prepare for this year’s draft. His final stat line in Tallahassee included a team-high three interceptions and six pass breakups.

Samuel Jr. may be considered undersized by some draft evaluators, but he plays like a much bigger defender thanks to a combination of competitive toughness and high football IQ. It seems like no matter the play, Samuel always tends to be in a position to make something happen.

Fun fact from the Chargers:

Samuel Jr. is the first cornerback selected by the Chargers in an NFL Draft since Craig Mager in 2015 (No. 83 overall).

Fourth Round

No. 134, Janarious Robinson, Minnesota Vikings

“It will be a pretty good battle [for who gets reps on the edge],’’ said Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. ‘It will be fun to come watch training camp this year. Both those kids, [third round draft pick] Patrick Jones and Robinson, have the ideal length that we look for, ideal athleticism that we look for, the wing span, and the twitch.”

“I feel like I’m capable and have the ability to come in and contribute and compete for that starting role,’’ Robinson said after being drafted. “I just want to be ready to learn from Danielle Hunter on the other side and keep the ball rolling.’’

The Daily Norseman’s take:

We know that the Vikings need a lot of help on the edge with the way their pass rush struggled this past season, and Robinson will likely get an opportunity to make a contribution to that early on. He’ll get to compete with third-round pick Patrick Jones and the rest of the roster for the opportunity to play snaps on the other side of Danielle Hunter on the Vikings’ defensive line.

Fan consensus draft grade: B

No. 144, Joshua Kaindoh, Kansas City Chiefs

When I got the call it was just a bunch of yelling and screaming going on,” Kaindoh said. “One of the best moments of my life, easy. Easily my best moment.”

“I just want to go out there and prove I’m a ballplayer. I want to go out there and ball, simple as that. Learn the playbook, make the roster, get under the wing of a vet, be around the facility. Dreams to reality. It’s just surreal right now. It’s crazy.”

Arrowhead Pride’s take:

This is a swing on an elite athletic profile — and a highly regarded pedigree. Kaindoh was once a five-star, top-five college recruit. He has yet to put it all together, but his ceiling is immense. This late in the draft, it’s a worthy swing — and he’s a good fit for Steve Spagnuolo.

Kaindoh checks all the boxes for a Steve Spagnuolo defensive end. He has size, length and strength. However, he’s not rigid or slow — like some other heavy defensive ends. Instead, he has fluid hips and good burst off the edge. He was a highly recruited player out of high school but didn’t have good production at Florida State. So he’ll likely take some time to develop at the NFL level. That said, it’s hard to argue against a high-upside Day 3 pick.

Kaindoh is the perfect kind of defensive end prospect to take on Day 3; the odds of a Day 3 defensive end hitting very low, so getting a guy who has an elite combination of size and athleticism makes sense. That’s Kaindoh in a nutshell. If the coaching staff can get him to understand the game and how to use leverage — and how to consistently utilize his hands — his NFL future looks bright. But if he continues to telegraph his rush moves — and continues to misunderstand how to set them up — and doesn’t utilize his hands in the running game, then he might easily just flame out. At this point of the draft, that’s a chance you have to be willing to take.

Writer’s consensus grade: B+

Fan grade: B

Fun fact, via the Chiefs:

Kaindoh was ranked as the top defensive end and the No. 5 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals during the recruiting process in 2017. He had more than 30 scholarship offers as the No. 2 player in the entire state of Florida before choosing the Seminoles.

Interestingly enough, the No. 1 prospect in Florida that year was offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood, who the Las Vegas Raiders selected with the No. 17 overall pick on Thursday night. Now division rivals, Kaindoh will go head-to-head with Leatherwood twice a year.

He’ll recognize a familiar face in the Chiefs’ locker room, too, as defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi was teammates with Kaindoh at Florida State in 2017.

Sixth Round

No. 186, Hamsah Nasilirdeen, New York Jets

“I feel like the Jets got a first-round talent with myself,” Nasirildeen told Jets reporters after being selected, “and the way I’m coming to work, I feel like they got a dog mentally. I just want to go out and show everybody what I can do, what type of player I am, what type of man I am, and let everything play out the way it’s supposed to.”

Gang Green Nation’s take:

Hamsah Nasirildeen is a 6’ 4”, 220 pound safety. Nasirildeen played 35 games in four years at Florida State, where he amassed 233 tackles, 4 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles. Nasirildeen has great size, burst and instincts. He takes great angles and would probably have been drafted much higher but for a torn ACL that sidelined him for all but two games in 2020. If he is fully recovered the Jets may have gotten a steal at this selection.

Nasirildeen joins Jamien Sherwood as players with the size and strength to play the hybrid safety/linebacker position currently in vogue in the NFL. The Jets continue to add talent to the defense late in this draft.

Fun fact, via the Jets:

Nasirildeen is the eighth Florida State player to be drafted by the Jets all-time. The most recent two Seminoles taken by the Green & White were offensive standouts, WR Laveranues Coles (Round 3, No. 78, 2000) and RB Leon Washington (Round 4, No. 117, 2006). Before those two, the Jets had three consecutive FSU defensive picks who had distinguished careers in green and white: CB Bobby Jackson (Round 6, No. 140, 1978) and NT Gerald Nichols (Round 7, No. 187, 1987) and LB Marvin Jones (Round 1, No. 4, 1993),

Undrafted Free Agents

Marvin Wilson, Cleveland Browns

From ProFootballTalk:

Florida State defensive tackle Marvin Wilson signed as an undrafted free agent with the Browns and got a $30,000 signing bonus plus $162,000 of his base salary guaranteed, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

That’s a massive guarantee for an undrafted rookie, and evidence that Wilson had multiple teams bidding on his services. Some players are, by the seventh round, hoping not to get drafted because the best contracts for undrafted free agents are better deals than seventh-round picks get. Wilson will get a much bigger guarantee than he would have received if he had been drafted late in the seventh round.

Tamorrion Terry, Seattle Seahawks

From Bleacher Report:

POSITIVES

Good size with very good length for the WR position.

Good long speed. Is best on vertical and intermediate routes where he can get his legs going and eat up defenders’ cushion and take the top off the defense.

Flashes feel for space when operating versus zone coverages.

Shows the ability to win vs. press with his size and adequate lateral agility.

Can generate yards after the catch when he catches throws in stride because of his good top-end speed. Has the play strength and contact balance to fight through arm tackles and create explosive plays.

NEGATIVES

Loose on route tops and can ooze out of his breaks. Average ability to bend and needs to refine his ability to work sharper on breaks.

Below-average acceleration out of the break and on double-moves. Requires buildup speed and lacks suddenness in his play.

Lacks consistent physicality when blocking or when going up for 50-50 throws.

Will be very choppy on his breaks with extra steps.

Overall, Terry is a project-type WR who battled some injuries and poor QB play during his college career. His size and good long speed will help him on special teams early on, but he will need to work on route-running details and more consistent physicality to become anything more than a outside-only backup WR.