Florida State will reload for the 2017 draft

 

Dalvin Cook is projected as a high 2017 draft pick. That may all depend on if he can stay healthy.

Dalvin Cook is projected as a high 2017 draft pick. That may all depend on if he can stay healthy.

The 2016 draft was a hiccup when it comes to Florida State.

The Seminoles set a record with 29 players drafted in a three year span (2013-15) before seeing just two taken last week, DB Jalen Ramsey fifth overall by the Jaguars and K Roberto Aguayo in the second round by the Bucs.

The good news for FSU fans is this is an indication how talented the 2016 Seminoles should be with every offensive starter and backup from the Peach Bowl returning and six defensive starters coming back. Which should mean Tallahassee will be a popular destination for scouts this fall and winter with several draft eligible players expected to be near the top of the board.

CBSSports.com and Yahoo published their early 2017 projections and three FSU players made the grade.

RB Dalvin Cook is No. 9 in CBS Sports’ mock draft and No. 5 on Yahoo’s board. He will be eligible as a third year junior and after a sophomore year in which he set the FSU single season rushing mark with 1,691 yards and showed his explosiveness and toughness. Where Cook is taken in a year could depend entirely on his ability to stay healthy. He also will be coming out in a year that will be loaded with quality running backs.

DE Demarcus Walker, No. 16 on Yahoo’s list, opted to return for his senior year and hopefully for him it pays off. Walker decided he needs to prove he is not a one-year wonder after breaking out in 2015 and the Seminoles believe he will be one of the best defensive ends in the country. He should crack the first round if he continues on the same trajectory.

LT Rod Johnson is No. 16 in CBS Sports’ mock draft. Johnson took over the position late in his freshman year and last year was named the ACC’s top blocker. He will be a third-year junior in the fall and plays a premium position.

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The next tier includes senior CB Marquez White and junior DT Derrick Nnadi, who very well could play themselves into the top half of the draft.

The fate of several others will depend on the season, players like WR Travis Rudolph of Cardinal Newman, OL Kareem Are and LB Ro’Derrick Hoskins among others.