Florida State's defense has done a better job under the guidance of defensive backs coach Patrick Surtain Sr. with forcing turnovers. The defense as a whole had ten interceptions. However, the leading interceptor from a season ago was Jarrian Jones, who exceeded his eligibility after last season.
The Seminoles now have to find a method in being able to give the offense back with short-field position. Florida State will likely turn to Fentrell Cypress II and Azareye'h Thomas as their two starting cornerbacks on the outside. For reference, Cypress II has only recorded one interception during his four-year playing career while Thomas only has one as well.
This is where the pick might have to get creative since the proven production is not there. While the defensive backfield had talent in the position, the Seminoles still decided to add pieces such as Alabama's Earl Little Jr. and Miami's Davonte Brown. I am a huge fan of returning safety Shyheim Brown, but can this be the year that he pieces everything together?
I realize that this could be a bit of a reach, but I believe that Little Jr. is one of the talented pieces on the entire defensive backfield that never got an opportunity to shine with the Crimson Tide. I think that the South Florida native will make the most of his time in Tallahassee and will be utilized all over the football field to force turnovers.
Pick: Earl Little Jr.