For the first time in more than three decades the Seminoles will take the field without Bobby Bowden at the helm. The program has fallen on hard times recently, as the once proud team which annually fought for a national title has been relegated to third tier bowl games. Florida State had three players selected in the entire 2010 draft. That number won’t change much next April.
Quarterback Christian Ponder has been written up recently after being rated as one of the two best senior signal callers in the nation. Ponder is a fluid and polished passer who displays poise, patience and accuracy with his throws. He shows the ability to escape the rush, displays a sense of timing and always keeps his eyes down the field. Ponder is also effective throwing on the move. He’ll put the ball up for grabs on occasion and does not always find safety but is a terrific prospect with starting potential in the NFL.
Lineman Rodney Hudson is an athletic prospect with potential at both guard and center. Hudson plays low to the ground, bends his knees and gets leverage on opponents. Quick off the snap he stays square, easily adjusts to defenders and moves well on his feet. Hudson lacks bulk, strength at the point and will occasionally hold on to defenders for dear life. He’s a prototypical zone blocking lineman with upside for the next level.
Jermaine Thomas is much like recent NFL running backs that have come from the program; small yet elusive with the ability to create yardage. Thomas runs low to the ground, shows the ability to quickly cut back through the openings without losing momentum and can beat defenders into the open field then run to daylight. He’s a solid receiver out of the backfield but lacks size, strength and, like the Leon Washington’s of the world, is more a situational/third down back.
Receiver Taiwan Easterling is quick, fast and shows a terrific burst. Displaying good focus and concentration, he’s creative running after the catch with the ability to pick up yardage. Easterling is not a big strong sturdy wideout but offers the skills to be a fourth receiver at the next level.
Jarmon Fortson was the big, possession receiver for the Seminoles and a prospect who projects nicely to the next level. That was until Forston was dismissed from the FSU program this weekend after numerous off the field violations.
Linebacker Nigel Bradham is a developing player and someone we like. Showing skill in pursuit, Bradham covers a lot of area on the field and plays with a good degree of suddenness. He struggles taking on blocks yet has the physical tools to be a three down linebacker at the next level. Sources have told us Bradham will enter the ’11 draft if he has a good campaign in 2010.
Markus White is a pass rusher we really like. Playing with terrific balance and body control, White shows speed off the edge and the ability stay within his pass rush angle. He’s forceful behind the line of scrimmage and creates problems for opponents. White must do a better job using his hands to protect himself and also struggles against large tackles defending the run as he lacks natural bulk.
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