FSU’s Auden Tate selected by Bengals in 7th round of 2018 NFL Draft

Levi Wallace #39 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks up a pass intended for Auden Tate #18 of the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Auden Tate, Florida State University / 6-4.75 / 228 pounds / Wide receiver

Auden Tate was the 35th pick in the seventh round (No. 253 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Quick bio: Tate caught 65 passes for 957 yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons at FSU. He played through a shoulder injury, missing just one of FSU’s 13 games in 2017. After a season-ending injury to FSU quarterback Deondre Francois in the opener, Tate quickly built chemistry with true freshman James Blackman and became a go-to target in the red zone for the former Glades Central star. Tate had a three-touchdown day in the bowl win over Southern Miss, helping propel his draft stock as an early entry in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Scouting report: Tate uses his size and physicality in the red zone, winning position against shorter corners and hauling in touchdowns. Of his ACC-leading 10 touchdowns in 2017, nine came from inside the 20-yard line. The knock on Tate is that he doesn’t have the speed to separate in the open field, but he tied for the team lead with 40 receptions last season. He is considered the ninth-best receiver on the board by CBSSports.com.

NFL Combine results: Tate ran a 4.68, a slow mark for a receiver. He also had a 31-inch vertical.

Quoting: “Tate provides a large strike zone for the quarterback and out-rebounds defenders, boxing out and trampling cornerbacks. However, he is still incredibly raw as a route-runner, leading defenders to his spot and not always making himself available mid-pattern. Overall, Tate will never be a dynamic separator in coverage and needs to develop the details of the position, but he is able to mismatch defensive backs with his size and body control, boasting the skill-set to make a living in the red zone.” — NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler

Florida State’s Ryan Izzo selected by Patriots in 7th round of 2018 NFL Draft

Ryan Izzo #81 of the Florida State Seminoles scores a touchdown in the third quarter against the Mississippi Rebels during the Camping World Kickoff at Camping World Stadium on September 5, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Ryan Izzo, Florida State University / 6-4.5 / 256 pounds / Tight end

Ryan Izzo was the 32nd pick in the seventh round (No. 250 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.

Quick bio: Izzo caught 54 passes for 761 yards and six touchdowns in four years at FSU, including the last three as a starter. He had career highs in receptions (20), receiving yards (317) and touchdowns (three) as a redshirt junior in 2017.

Scouting report: Izzo wasn’t targeted much in former FSU coach Jimbo Fisher’s pro-style offense. But when the ball was thrown his way, Izzo showed good hands and consistently earned first downs by averaging 14.1 yards per reception in his career. Izzo admitted early in his FSU career that he wasn’t interested in blocking but knew that it was a path to playing time. “I think I’m one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft,” Izzo said at the NFL Combine. Blocking should open the door for Izzo in the NFL and his height could help him get a few red-zone opportunities, too.

NFL Combine results: Izzo had a 40 time of 4.94, a slow mark compared to the position group (a pair of tight ends ran 4.54s). But his 33-inch vertical was fifth-best among tight ends at the combine.

Quoting: “If you want an in-line tight end who has good size and very good toughness and has experience as an active member of the run blocking unit, then Izzo should be on your board. Izzo has athletic limitations, but he has the willingness and talent to become a plus blocker at the point of attack and he’s able to work the middle of the field. He should become a starter early in his career.” — NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein

FSU’s Derwin James selected by Chargers in first round of 2018 NFL Draft

Derwin James #3 of the Florida State Seminoles reacts after a play against the Alabama Crimson Tide during their game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Derwin James, FSU / 6-1.75 / 215 pounds / Safety

Derwin James was the 17th pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Chargers.

Quick bio: James is a life-long FSU fan who grew up in Haines City, Fla., and had a tattoo of a Seminole logo added on his left arm during the ninth grade – just shortly after committing to then-coach Jimbo Fisher. James started just half of FSU’s games as a freshman in 2015 but still finished with 91 tackles and 4.5 sacks. After suffering a season-ending meniscus tear in his knee in September, James returned in 2017 and had 84 tackles and two interceptions. He decided to sit out FSU’s bowl game and declared early for the NFL Draft.

Scouting report: Only one safety has been taken in the top 10 picks of the NFL Draft in the last five years (Jamaal Adams was No. 6 by the NY Jets in 2017). Why pick James so high? He is a Swiss Army knife: James can play in the box, rush off the edge or deep. “The versatility of his game is critical,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “And in today’s NFL, which is a pass-first league, when you can drop a safety down on a slot and feel comfortable, that guy is worth his weight in gold.”

NFL Combine results: James ran a 4.47 in the 40, among the fastest times for a safety, and had a 40-inch vertical.

Quoting: ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. compares James to a Seattle Seahawks four-time Pro Bowler: “At his best, James is an enforcer in the mold of Kam Chancellor – he’s not afraid to bring the wood.”