Florida State has one of the best safety duos in the country in junior Derwin James and senior Trey Marshall. Many feel James may be the best safety in this year’s draft class. Although it’s still too early to proclaim that, he is a player who can come in and start right away. What some scouts have been disappointed about this year is that he isn’t as big a hitter as they would like. Marshall isn’t a top-round guy, but he is a very consistent player who can cover and support the run.
Florida State also has a junior corner who had high grades going into the season. Tarvarus McFadden at 6-2, 200 lb.'s, has ideal corner size and is an exceptional press-cover guy with ball skills.
Along the defensive front, junior defensive end Josh Sweat has edge pass rush skills and shows the athleticism to play up or down depending on the defensive front. Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi is short (6’1) but he has long arms, a quick first step and is very explosive.
On offense, Florida State has a big wide receiver in junior Auden Tate. He has 13 receptions for a 17.4-yard average so far this season. Those numbers don’t seem all that good, but remember Florida State has only played three games. Two of their games have been postponed or cancelled due to hurricanes this fall.