Florida State QB Sean Maguire’s creative graduation photo

 

Sean Maguire behind Chad Mavety, Keith Weeks, Kareem Are
Sean Maguire behind Chad Mavety, Keith Weeks, Kareem Are

Sean Maguire received his degree today and posted a photo on social media with a few of a quarterback’s closest friends. … offensive linemen.

Maguire grabbed Keith Weeks, Kareem Are and Chad Mavety and all four, in cap and gown, lined up in the indoor practice facility to document the day.

Maguire and Weeks walked today. Are and Mavety are expected to walk in the end of the summer.

Maguire is finishing his fourth year at FSU and will be a redshirt senior in the fall. He will enter preseason camp as the starting quarterback after taking over the position late in the 2015 season. Maguire, though, was injured in the Seminoles’ Peach Bowl loss to Houston and still is recovering after having ankle surgery in January. He will be pushed by redshirt freshman Deondre Francois.

Maguire’s degree is in social science. He now will enroll in graduate school.

Weeks, Are and Mavety also will be redshirt seniors in the fall. Are is expected to start at left guard, Weeks is a backup and Mavety is out indefinitely because of a cardiac issue.

[FSU 2013 title team: 20 players drafted so far, 10 in first two rounds]

[Cowboys make big mistake passing on Jalen Ramsey]

[Ole Miss wil be under scrutiny leading up to opener against FSU; bad day for the SEC]

 

 

Florida State 2013 title team: 20 players drafted so far, 10 in first two rounds

 

Florida State's 2013 title team added two more players taken in the first or second round this year. (AP Photo)
Florida State’s 2013 national championshp team added two more players taken in the first or second round this year. (AP Photo)

Florida State’s 2013 national championship team continues to stock the draft, and it is not done.

Roberto Aguayo was the 20th player from the two-deep roster to be drafted when he was taken in the second round Friday by Tampa Bay, and the 10th in the first two rounds.

That overall number likely will increase.

Linebacker Terrance Smith is the lone starter from the title game who has a chance to be drafted. Smith is projected as either a late-round pick in today’s final day of the draft or, more likely, an undrafted free agent.

Defensive tackle Nile Lawrence-Stample did not start but was in the rotation. He is projected to go anywhere from the fifth to seventh round today.

Three others who played in the game – Kermit Whitfield, Marquez White and Nate Andrews – have one year remaining in their college careers.

Aguayo and Jalen Ramsey (taken fifth overall Thursday by Jacksonville) closed out the players from that game selected in the first or second rounds. They join first rounders Kelvin Benjamin, Jameis Winston and Cam Erving; along with second rounders Lamarcus Joyner, Timmy Jernigan, Eddie Goldman, Mario Edwards and Ronald Darby.

Others drafted: Terrence Brooks (3), P.J. Williams (3), Devonta Freeman (4), Bryan Stork (4), Tre Jackson (4), Telvin Smith (5), Karlos Williams (5), Rashad Greene (5), Nick O’Leary (6), Bobby Hart (7).

Seven others have signed as undrafted free agents.

DE DeMarcus Walker, FB Freddie Stevenson, RB Ryan Green were backups who did not play in the title game.

[Cowboys make big mistake passing on Jalen Ramsey]

[Ole Miss wil be under scrutiny leading up to opener against FSU; bad day for the SEC]

 

 

Florida State’s Roberto Aguayo selected by Tampa Bay in 2nd round of 2016 NFL Draft

ROBERTO AGUAYO
FLORIDA STATE
6-foot, 207 pounds, K

Roberto Aguayo was a three-time All-American and winner of the 2103 Groza Award. (AP Photo)
Roberto Aguayo was a three-time All-American and winner of the 2103 Groza Award. (AP Photo)

Roberto Aguayo was the 28th pick in the 2nd round (No. 59 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bio:

The most decorated kicker in the history of a program that has seen a great share of both heartbreak and glory from the position. Aguayo joined Deion Sanders as the only two FSU players to be named to at least one All-America first team for three years. He won the Lou Groza award as a freshman and came within a few votes of winning a second the next year. Aguayo was 69 of 78 on field goal attempts and made all 198 extra points, making him the most accurate kicker (combined FGAs and PATs) in NCAA history. He set an FBS record of 157 points in the Seminoles national title winning 2013 season. Aguayo entered the draft after three years (plus a redshirt year).

Scouting report:

Aguayo may be even more valuable since the NFL moved the extra point back to 33 yards considering he never missed any of his 46 field goal attempts form inside 40 yards in his FSU career. He was good on 88.5 percent of all FGAs in his career. Aguayo also has the athletic ability to defend his position when necessary, making several tackles during his career and his strong leg helps in kickoffs. According to NFL.com, he has a 4.09 kickoff hang time. Aguayo has been the top kicker on the board since announcing he was entering draft.

“Those guys watching him kick today said it’s one of the best they’ve seen in a long time and we’ve already known that. There’s not many guys like him.” Jimbo Fisher on FSU’s Pro Day.

Cowboys make big mistake passing on Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey

 

With Jalen Ramsey still available, the Cowboys' Jerry Jones added depth at running back.
With Jalen Ramsey still available, the Cowboys’ Jerry Jones opted to add depth at running back.

The Dallas Cowboys have a stud offensive line and two 1,000 yard running backs on the roster.

Meanwhile, their starting cornerbacks both are signed for one year and the position has not been a strength of their defense.

So when it came to selecting a player with the fourth pick of the draft Thursday the decision was a no-brainer.

Take … the running back?

That’s what happened when the Cowboys opted for Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott over Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey.

Big mistake.

Ramsey
Ramsey

Not only is running back one of the Cowboys’ deepest positions with Darren McFadden and recently signed Alfred Morris, but it’s one that’s been devalued in the NFL. Still, that didn’t stop the Cowboys from making Elliott just the seventh running back taken in the first round in the last six drafts and the earliest one has been tabbed since Alabama’s Trent Richardson went No. 3 to Cleveland in 2012. How’d that work out?

The day Dallas signed Morris, the former Redskins and FAU star, columnist Tim Cowlishaw wrote:  “if this move keeps the Cowboys from spending a first-round pick on Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott – a fine player but one who doesn’t match the Cowboys’ needs – then it’s a good thing.”

That’s because the Cowboys have proven they can plug any running back into their offense and he will run for 1,000 yards. One like, say, Alabama’s Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, still on the board entering  tonight’s second round, if they really want another one.

Meanwhile, sitting there was a player many pegged as the most talented in the draft and one who played a position of need for the Cowboys. Ramsey would have been the perfect fit.

Even if the Cowboys had some questions about Ramsey’s ball skills and his limited interceptions (3) during his three year career at Florida State, he still was considered the best press corner – and to some the best player – in the draft.

But the Cowboys took a running back?

[Jalen Ramsey selected No. 5 overall in draft by Jacksonville]

[Ole Miss wil be under scrutiny leading up to opener against FSU; bad day for the SEC]

 

Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey selected No. 5 overall in 2016 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars

JALEN RAMSEY
FLORIDA STATE
6-foot-1, 209 pounds, CB/S

Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey performs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine. (AP Photo)
Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey performs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine. (AP Photo)

Ramsey was the 5th overall pick in  the 2016 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bio:

Ramsey was a consensus All-American in 2015, being named first team by the football coaches, Walter Camp and ESPN.com and garnering seven second-team honors. He had 52 tackles last season and led the Seminoles with 10 pass breakups and 10 passes defensed. Ramsey scored FSU’s lone defensive TD on the season on a 36-yard fumble recovery at Boston College. A three year starter, Ramsey played all over the secondary, starting out at cornerback as a true freshman before moving to safety after three games, playing nickel back (star) as a sophomore and moving back to corner last season. He enters the draft after three years.

Scouting report:

Ramsey is viewed either as a safety or a cornerback in the NFL. He won the ACC long jump title at the outdoor and indoor championships in 2015 and ran leadoff leg on the ACC outdoor champion 4×100 relay team. NFL.com says he has a prototype frame for a big, press cover corner, which also will allow him to redirect a receiver from his route. And his athletic ability gives him a chance against any receiver on jump balls. Some rankings have him as the No. 1 player ability wise in the draft. Ramsey had the best vertical and standing long jump at the combine.

NFL Combine results:

40-yard-dash: 4.41 seconds

20-yard shuffle: 4.18 seconds

3-cone-drill: 6.94 seconds

Vertical jump: 41.5 inches

Standing long jump: 11 feet, 3 inches

225-pound bench press: 14 repetitions

“He’ll be a difference maker as a rookie. There’s no doubt about his athleticism — he won the gold medal for the unofficial decathlon at the NFL Scouting Combine. He’ll be physical in the running game, as well. He’s the No. 1 prospect on my board.” Charles Davis, NFL.com

 

Did Cowboys send out smoke screen on Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey?

 

Will the Charges take Jalen Ramsey with the No. 3 pick? (AP Photo)
Will the Chargers take Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey with the No. 3 pick? (AP Photo)

If the Cowboys were attempting to send a smoke screen when it was reported they received an unflattering review on Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey, apparently it’s not working.

According to reports out of San Diego, the Chargers are poised to take Ramsey with the third overall pick, one spot ahead of Dallas.

Last week, a report on DallasCowboys.com that the Cowboys were calling around on Ramsey and thought they were going to receive a good report but instead. … “it wasn’t glowing.” The report said the criticisms were about Ramsey’s ability to play cornerback.

Ramsey played safety, corner and nickel back during his three years at Florida State. If taken third he likely would be the first non-quarterback selected. The Rams and Eagles traded into the first two picks and are expected to draft quarterbacks.

If San Diego picks Ramsey, the Cowboys may then take Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Sports Illustrated has the 6-1, 209-pound Ramsey as the No. 1 player in the draft.

[Where the mock drafts have Florida State players being drafted]

[Mailbag: How many Florida State players will be drafted, plus more answers to your questions]

[Beyond Ramsey, Aguayo what does NFL draft hold for Florida State?]

 

2016 NFL Draft: Where Florida State players will be drafted

 

Most mock drafts have Jalen Ramsey being selected fourth or fifth overall. (AP Photo)
Many mock drafts have Jalen Ramsey being selected fourth or fifth overall. (AP Photo)

Jalen Ramsey will be the lone former Florida State player drafted in the first round this year. But where will the cornerback/safety land?

All the mock drafts are in and Ramsey’s window continues to be as narrow as it was when the Rams and Eagles traded into the top 2 picks so they each could select a quarterback.

Here are five of the most reputable mock drafts in the land and they all agree that Ramsey will be taken either No. 4 or No. 5.

Palm Beach Post: 4th to Dallas

    Is Ramsey a cornerback or safety? It doesn’t matter. He’s the best defensive back prospect in a long time and he will give the Cowboys’ defense an immediate boost.

CBSSports.com: 4th to Dallas

    The Cowboys will likely go defense with this pick, but do they go with the pass rusher (Bosa) or defensive back (Ramsey)? I’ll guess they address the secondary, adding Ramsey at cornerback and moving last year’s first round pick Byron Jones to safety full-time.

FoxSports.com: 5th to Jacksonville

    Gus Bradley’s already added Malik Jackson, Prince Amukamara, and Tashaun Gipson, and gets Dante Fowler back to his defense this year. Ramsey is the top defensive player on many teams’ boards this year. The Jags rebuild their defense in one offseason.

NFL.com: 5th to Jacksonville

    Adding a playmaker like Ramsey in the secondary should help improve one of the league’s worst passing defenses.

Pro Football Focus: 5th to Jacksonville

    With the expectation that Wentz would still be on the board here once Cleveland passed on him, we had a deal in place with San Francisco for their first-, third- and fifth-round picks (in exchange for our first- and seventh-round selections), but as it turned out the 49ers got a better deal moving up to No. 4. This left Jalen Ramsey, our No. 2 overall player in the draft still on the board, so despite a measure of disappointment in not accumulating extra picks, we ended up with one of our top prospects. Ramsey is PFF’s top-graded CB in the 2016 draft class (No. 8 coverage grade, No. 1 versus the run), and is capable of being a dominant player in all schemes versus both the pass and run.

WalterFootball.com: 4th to Dallas

    I’ve been mocking Joey Bosa to the Cowboys for quite a while, but only because Jalen Ramsey hasn’t been available. They like Bosa, but Ramsey is the No. 1 player on their board. As potentially the best player in this draft, he would add a much-needed dominating presence to Dallas’ secondary. I’ll be shocked if the Cowboys pass on him, as they’ve already said they’re not trading the pick. 

Beyond Ramsey, Florida State’s prospects are all over the board. K Roberto Aguayo is projected anywhere from the second round to not even being drafted. DT Nile Lawrence-Stample is listed as high as the fifth round to not being drafted and LB Terrance Smith is in two drafts and LB Reggie Northrup is in one. (The Palm Beach Post projected through first round only)

Former FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo is projected to be drafted as high as the second round to not even selected. (AP Photo)
Former FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo is projected to be drafted as high as the second round to not even selected. (AP Photo)

Roberto Aguayo

CBSSports.com: 2nd round, No. 74 overall to Tampa Bay

    A native of central Florida, Aguayo would provide an instant upgrade at kicker for the Bucs.

FoxSports.com: 6th round, No. 179 overall to San Diego

NFL.com: 3rd round, No. 73 overall to Miami

WalterFootball.com: 3rd round, No. 139 overall to Buffalo

    The Bills could use a kicker, and that position is now more important because of the new extra-point rule. The Bills could take Roberto Aguayo a round earlier than this.

Nile Lawrence-Stample

CBSSports.com: 6th round, No. 211 overall to San Francisco

FoxSports.com: 7th round, No. 240 overall to Minnesota

Pro Football Focus: 5th round, No. 151 to Detroit

    The Lions still need some help with their interior defensive line, and Lawrence-Stample can be that help. He’s a big defensive tackle who can plug up the middle in the run game, as evidenced by his eighth-best run-stop percentage of 11.1 this past season among defensive tackles.

Terrance Smith

FoxSports.com: 4th round, No. 139 overall to Buffalo

NFL.com: 6th round, No. 181 overall to Jacksonville

Reggie Northrup

Pro Football Focus: 6th round, No. 194 to Oakland

[Mailbag: How many Florida State players will be drafted, plus more answers to your questions]

[Beyond Ramsey, Aguayo what does NFL draft hold for Florida State?]

[[Jalen Ramsey had the most fortuitous missed tackle in FSU history]

Mailbag: How many former Florida State players will be drafted?

Lamarcus Brutus helped himself in the combine and at Pro Day, but was it enough to get himself drafted? (247Sports)
Lamarcus Brutus helped himself in the combine and at Pro Day, but was it enough to get himself drafted? (247Sports)

We are just hours from the start of the NFL draft and this much we know for certain: Jalen Ramsey will have a new team by the end of the night.

Ramsey’s skills have been on display for three years at Florida State – where he started every game – and the last few months to where some have him rated as the top prospect in the draft.

Ramsey will not be No. 1 player off the board, nor will be taken second, those two picks to be used by the Rams and Eagles to take quarterbacks. But then the Ramsey watch will be on starting with the No. 3 pick, which is owned by the Chargers.

After that the draft is a mystery when it comes to Florida State. I asked for draft questions yesterday on Twitter and I thank those who sent some in. Hope these answers help.

From @emcofl

Q: Do you see the former walk-on Javien Elliott getting drafted, or at the very least signing as a free-agent?

Javien Elliott
Javien Elliott

A: Elliott gave us a nice – and inspiring for young players – story this season, working his way up from a walk-on, to a special teams, to a backup, to thrust into a starting role and then recording an interception in the first game (Louisville) in which he took a meaningful snap.

And that’s not even mentioning earning a scholarship even before the season even began.

But this feel good story likely will not carry over to the draft, which does not mean it will end there, though.

It is highly unlikely the 5-11, 176-pound Elliott will be drafted, but, his impressive showing at FSU’s Pro Day makes me believe he will get a look as an undrafted free agent.

Elliott ran an impressive 4.41 second in the 40 yard dash, a time that he told reporters he was even surprised by. NFL teams know his story, see how hard he has worked to get to where he is and now have a half-season’s worth of film and a Pro Day to evaluate.

That should get him at least a shot. And who knows? He’s made it this far, maybe that improbable journey continues.

From @MrStephen90

    Q: How much has Ramsey’s position versatility helped him to move up the draft? If he only played 1 position at FSU still 1st (round) potential?

A: Ramsey started his career at cornerback, moved to safety, spent a year playing the nickel (star) and returned to corner last season. Now, some are wondering if he’s an NFL corner or a safety.

Considering that cornerbacks are more valued and it’s rare for a safety to be taken at the top of the draft – in the last two drafts the first cornerbacks were taken No. 11 and No. 8 overall while the top safeties were selected No. 30 and No. 18) – it’s fair to assume that Ramsey’s value would not have been as high had he remained at safety for all three seasons.

But having shown freakish athletic ability and the skills to cover the big, strong and fast receivers that the NFL covets there is no question Ramsey’s stock was boosted by his return to corner last season and team’s knowing that if for any reason they need to put him in the middle of the field he can be just as productive there, too.

Still, had he remained at safety this season, yes, he still would be a first-round pick tonight, probably not in the top 5 though.

These three are related:

From @rezyfsu

Q: How many guys do you expect to be drafted?

From @772BORN941BRED

Q: What round do you have Lamarcus Brutus getting drafted?

From @Country_nole

Q: What round do u see Lamarcus Brutus & Terrance Smith getting drafted in?

A: I am going to set the over/under on FSU players drafted at 3 and see what people think.

If were me, I would go over. I believe there is a better chance that four players are drafted than two. We know Ramsey is a sure fire first-round pick and K Roberto Aguayo had a chance of being selected on the second day (second or third round) but will be taken even if he falls to Saturday. I believe DT Nile Lawrence-Stample had an excellent chance of being selected on Saturday and possibly as high as the fifth round.

But from there. … LB Terrance Smith and possibly S Lamarcus Brutus have chances, Smith much more so than Brutus.

Smith put up nice numbers but scouts wanted to see more. And he was hurt by the ankle injury last season that cost him four games and kept him hobbled for some time after returning. I give it a 50-50 shot that he is drafted late because of this athletic ability.

Brutus is another great story. A player who stuck with it, worked his way up from special teams to backup to starter, where he was the Seminoles’ second most consistent DB last season behind Ramsey.

And while Brutus was completely off the board early in the process he did help himself at the combine and Pro Day. Still, I’d be surprised if he was taken but do expect him to be signed pretty quickly as an undrafted free agent.

 

 

 

Jalen Ramsey had the most fortuitous missed tackle in Florida State history

 

FSU's Jalen Ramsey could not wrap up Auburn's Tre Mason late in the January 2014 title game, allowing Mason to score the go-ahead TD but leave the Seminoles with 79 seconds on the clock
FSU’s Jalen Ramsey could not wrap up Auburn’s Tre Mason late in the January 2014 title game, allowing Mason to score the go-ahead TD but leave the Seminoles with 79 seconds on the clock. …

Jalen Ramsey will become the 43rd first-round draft pick in Florida State history on Thursday and likely the eighth to go in the top 5. One reason is Ramsey made a lot of big plays while becoming a consensus All-American and starting for three years in the secondary.

But Ramsey also will be remembered for one play he didn’t make, which became the most important missed tackle in FSU history.

Late in the January 2014 BCS title game in the Rose Bowl – after FSU had overcome a 21-3 deficit and taken a three point lead on Kermit Whitfield’s 100-yard kickoff return with 4 ½ minutes to play – Auburn was driving for appeared would be a game-tying field goal or go-ahead touchdown.

Auburn was moving the ball on a gassed FSU defense and with 1:19 to play Tre Mason scored on a 37-yard run to give the Tigers a 31-27 lead. Mason took the handoff, skipped to the right and was met by Ramsey at the 20. Ramsey, a true freshman at the time, lowered his shoulder and bounced off Mason, who easily scored with 1:19 remaining.

What if Ramsey had wrapped up Mason and made the tackle? The Tigers were moving the ball and at the least would have send the game into overtime, but more likely would have scored anyway and left the Seminoles with much less – or possibly no – time, virtually sealing the win.

Instead, Ramsey’s missed tackle came with plenty of time for Jameis Winston to engineer the biggest drive in school history, taking FSU 80 yards and capping it with a 2-yard TD pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds to play for the championship-clinching touchdown.

A lot went into that championship and historic undefeated season. And the title game had a long list of crucial plays that gave FSU a chance to win. But Florida State may not have been hoisting that trophy if Ramsey had not missed that tackle with about 1:20 to play.

 

... which was enough time for Jameis Winston to lead FSU on an 80-yard championship-clinching touchdown scoring drive.
… which was enough time for Jameis Winston to lead FSU on an 80-yard scoring drive, giving the Seminoles their third national title.

[Jimbo Fisher continues to boost LB Matthew Thomas]

[Jimbo Fisher thinks it’s ridiculous head coaches can’t evaluate in person in the spring]

[FSU’s 1st round picks the last 15 years: Boom or bust?]

Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher thinks it’s ‘ridiculous’ head coaches can’t hit the road in spring

 

Jimbo Fisher wants to be allowed to visit prospects during the spring evaluation period.
Jimbo Fisher wants to be allowed to visit prospects during the spring evaluation period.

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is at his best evaluating players and nothing takes the place of seeing a player up close and personal while making those assessments.

But according to NCAA rules, Fisher, and all other head coaches, are prohibited from being on the road to watch prospects live during the 45-day spring evaluation period.

Fisher does not agree with the rule and said so Friday during an interview on Sirius/XM College Sports Radio’s The Playbook with Jack Arute and Andy Staples.

“I am still mad over this. … head coaches can’t go out in spring football,” Fisher told Arute and Staples. “I think that is ridiculous, I really do.”

The spring evaluation period (April 15-May 31) allows for seven assistant coaches to go on the road six days a week to evaluate. They must take off Sunday.

They are allowed to visit high schools and talk about the prospect with coaches and administration along with watch practices and team workouts on the field and in the weight room.

[Jimbo, Candi Fisher fighting for son, Ethan, others with Fanconi anemia]

[EXCLUSIVE: Jimbo Fisher considered stepping away when son was diagnosed with incurable disease]

Head coaches were allowed to make visits before 2008, which is when a rule change took them off the road. The rule was nicknamed the “Saban Rule” after Alabama coach Nick Saban was questioned for having improper contact with recruits during the period. Saban, and others, furiously hit the road during that time to learn as much as they could about prospects.

Fisher questioned those who championed the cause and is not the only one who wondered if it was borne out of laziness.

“It is the guys who didn’t want to work,” Fisher said. “That is what I truly believe.”

“You have to be able to go see – you want me to recruit these kids, you want me to judge them, you want me to keep them, know about them, and I can’t even go watch them practice or play as a head coach. Unless a guy comes to your camp, you don’t really get to see them play (as a head coach). By the time he comes on an official visit during the season in December or January, most of them are already committed. We talk out of both sides of our mouth in that regard.”

The year the change was made, Saban said:

“I think it’s ridiculous that we’re doing what we’re doing. When you’re talking about developing relationships and knowing players and meeting guidance counselors and talking to principals and all those kind of things, I think we’re put ourselves at a tremendous disadvantage in terms of evaluation.

“I think we’ve really limited ourselves by what we’ve done, and I totally disagree with it.”

Fisher added that watching a player on film is not enough.

“Film and eye presence is never closely the same,” he said. “You can judge more in five or ten minutes of watching a guy than three hours of film.

“If you want to see physical talent, watch him move, and see if he is really athletic enough, works hard enough, or his attitude in practice. There is nothing like seeing somebody in-person.”

Fisher is in constant contact with his staff during this time and says he has to trust their ability to evaluate.

“That is where you have to go back and trust your assistants, that the guys that you have as assistants that can evaluate,” he said. “There are a lot of guys that can recruit, I won’t always say there are a lot of guys who can evaluate. I think evaluation is the key.”

FSU’s staff, led by recruiting coordinator Tim Brewster, was on the road last week and, as Brewster indicated via Twitter, has a busy week ahead.