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3 State players looking to improve their stock at Senior Bowl

Jamil King



Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

As the Senior Bowl continues to carry on in Mobile, Alabama, this week, a few former state players are in attendance looking to improve their draft stock. Miami’s Jaquan Johnson and Sheldrick Redwine, along with FSU’s Demarcus Christmas are the lone state of Florida players in attendance at Saturday’s All-Star Game.

Johnson comes into the Senior Bowl with a lot of experience having played in 48 total games for the Canes.
Last season he started all 11 games he played in and earned second-team All-ACC recognition. He was also one of 14 Jim Thorpe Award semifinalists, as nation’s top defensive back.

One issue scouts see in Johnson is his lack of size, as he is listed at 5’10 190lbs. and that is a knock for moving up to the next level.He will look to show some improved ball and coverage skills along with the motion size doesn’t matter this week.

His teammate Redwine is another experienced player form the U. Last season he was one of the Canes top statistical players ranking fifth in tackles and tied for the lead in interceptions under new coach Manny Diaz’s defense.

Redwine is also a physical player, but his frame is more of the prototype for it, as opposed to his teammate Johnson. Redwine measured officially at 6’0 202lbs. by Senior Bowl officials Monday.

One thing Redwine will look to show scouts is improved ball skills. In the throwing league, we have in today’s pro game, scouts are looking for players that can do it all.

Christmas (above) comes into the this weekend in Mobile with a lot of experience as well, having started every game the last three seasons in Tallahassee. He didn’t rack up the stats for the Noles over his career but, he sure was there clogging up the middle.

With that said, Christmas will look to show scouts this week he can be more than just a clog. Here is some brief video of him in one on one drills from Tuesday’s practice:

If he can show an ability to add some pass-rushing traits and show off some tackling, Christmas could improve his draft stock greatly. He’s currently projected here as the eighth best nose tackle available and likely a day three (4th-7th round) selection.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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