Florida State Seminoles

FSU stars not to be forgotten in this year’s NFL Draft

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Florida State enjoyed a pretty good season last year going 10-3. Capping with a 5-game win streak and thrilling victory over Michigan in the Orange Bowl. With a lot of hype surrounding running back Dalvin Cook and what is happening with his roller-coaster draft stock. We may be forgetting about a couple other Noles that will be missed by the school and loved by their new franchise.

Defensive end Demarcus Walker (above) can be described as menacing to opposing offenses his 28.5 sacks rank him 3rd all-time in sacks at the university.  The relentless effort he puts into his work and his teammates make him a leader. His 6’4 280-pound frame doesn’t hurt himself either. Walker a technician also just finds ways to make the big play, he may be able to be used in variety of different ways at the next level. Walker won’t win with his speed so a move inside, or to a 3-4 scheme may benefit him the most. Think of him as a lesser athletic Mario Edwards Jr who was picked 35 overall by the Oakland Raiders.

Offensive lineman Roderick Johnson is another intriguing prospect. His 6’7 height would have GM’s salivating, but his 298-pound body is what will turn teams away in the early rounds. He has a great ability to get to the second level of defenses and is a very mature person that won’t cause problems. For a mid-round selection though Johnson can be a player to be groomed into a potential starting lineman. If he can add bulk to his frame and work on the inconsistencies that plagued him at FSU he can turn into a good LT or even a RT in the NFL
Walker has an outside shot at being a night one selection, but likely goes on Friday night. As for Johnson, he will possibly be Friday, but likely a Saturday fourth through seventh round selection.

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