Prognostication surrounding the coming football season is increasing, as the schedule of games opens just next month. Several Florida State Seminoles have been included on various preseason All-Conference and All-American teams.
But what of the departed ‘Noles, those playing at the next level? Well according to a Bleacher Report article, several FSU players could follow their dominance of the ACC with similar contributions in the NFL. Writer Nick Kostos picks a potential secret weapon for each pro squad, and four former Seminoles drew mentions.
The first FSU player listed is running back Devonta Freeman, who was taken in the fourth round by the Atlanta Falcons. The versatile Freeman finds himself in an opportune situation, as both Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers did little to bolster the Falcons’ uninspired ground game last year. Atlanta receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White demand attention on the outside, which should open things up some for Freeman.
The Baltimore Ravens drafted two ‘Noles: defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and safety Terrence Brooks in rounds two and three, respectively. The latter, per Kostos, could really break out. Brooks is a hard-hitting player who will fit in well with a notoriously nasty Ravens defense. If he does earn the start, an old rival would be his fellow safety in Baltimore: former Florida Gator Matt Elam.
Telvin Smith also earns a nod as a potential difference maker for the Jacksonville Jaguars, which selected the linebacker in the fifth round. Smith was a strong leader for the Seminoles, and the young Jags need just that. Smith is a little small, but has always player bigger than he is, and there’s no reason for that to change in the NFL. He’ll have plenty of FSU ties in the Jacksonville linebacker corps: former ‘Noles Geno Hayes and Dekoda Watson are also LBs for the Jags.
Finally, the 2013 NFL Draft is brought into play, during which defensive end Cornellius “Tank” Carradine was selected by the San Francisco 49ers. Due to an ACL injury, however, he’s had to wait to contribute– but the waiting may well be over. Like Baltimore, San Fran is noted for its defensive stinginess, and Carradine could lend another powerful body to the mix.