Notre Dame versus FSU is a rare match up of two national powerhouses usually reserved for BCS Bowl games. Florida State in year 2 of the Jimbo Fischer regime has the second highest ranked non SEC defense in the country (6th overall.) Notre Dame is led by receiver Michael Floyd, a projected first round pick in April. FSU offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders will lead FSU’s offensive line against a talented Fightin’ Irish front seven led by Manti Te’o. Te’o was projected as a first round pick but has elected to return to Notre Dame for his season. At least publicly.

Florida State

Rnd Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
3rd Brandon Jenkins DE 49 3Jr Prototypical Florida State defensive end; undersized, explosive and fast in every direction of the field. Solid pass rusher that can also chase the action in pursuit or drop off the line of scrimmage and play in space. Likely to move to outside linebacker at the next level.
3rd Nigel Bradham OLB 13 4Sr Physically talented defender that runs hot and cold. Shows outstanding speed, quickness and range to his game while also playing with a large degree of suddenness. Not overly physical and can be spotty.
3rd Greg Reid CB 5 3Jr Outstanding cover corner with terrific ball skills. Displays the ability to run with opponents anywhere on the field and has an explosive break to the pass out of his plant. Consistently getting a hand in to defend the throw. Also used to return kicks. Possesses enough size to start at the next level though he lacks classic cornerback height.
4th Anthony McCloud DT 92 4Jr Fiery defensive tackle that explodes off the snap then fires through the gaps between the offensive line. Tough to stop.
4th Rodney Smith WR 84 3Jr King sized pass catcher that physically beats down opponents and wins out for the jump ball. Raw in many of his techniques and really needs a lot of work on his overall game.
4th Andrew Datko T 67 4Sr King sized offensive tackle that easily controls opponents at the point of attack once engaged in a block. Blocks with solid fundamentals, makes great use of blocking angles as well as body positioning to control opponents. Lines up as a weak side tackle but may be better off as a right tackle in the NFL. Loved by NFL scouts a we feel he’s a bit overrated at this point.
4th Xavier Rhodes CB 27 3So Strong, cornerback with nice size and potential as a bump and run cover man. Downfield speed may be a concern.
4th Zebrie Sanders T 77 4Sr Strong side blocker that plays with solid fundamentals and controls defenders once engaged the point of attack. Lacks overall balance, blocking range and does not possess the great upside.
5th Vince Williams OLB 11 4Jr
6th Everett Dawkins DT 93 4Jr Quick, explosive yet undersized defensive tackle that makes plays in every direction of the field. Potential three technique lineman for the next level.
7th Bert Reed WR 83 5Sr Quick, dependable underneath receiver that shows reliable hands. Does a lot of things well and could make it as a fourth receiver at the next level.
7th Nick Moody S 10 4Jr Intimidating safety with a large upside. Hard hitting, stops ball carriers dead in their tracks and shows the ability to get outside the numbers and make plays. Inconsistent and spotty with his production. Has the skill yet must take his game to the next level.
FA Jermaine Thomas RB 38 4Sr One time highly rated prospect coming off an injury. Undersized yet tremendously elusive with the ability to create his own yardage and make defenders miss.
FA Ty Jones RB 33 4Sr Well-built ball carrier that runs low to the ground, displays terrific quickness and the ability to create his own yardage. Solid prospect with a nice upside.
FA Terrence Parks S 4 4Sr
FA David Spurlock G 79 4Sr Tough, small area blocker with physical limitations. Lacks balance and on the ground too much.
FA Beau Reliford TE 88 4Sr Athletic tight end that shows flashes yet a prospect with an incomplete game. At this point more of a developmental player.
FA Mike Harris CB 1 4Sr Backup cornerback for Florida State that shows solid ball skills facing the action.
FA Taiwan Easterling WR 8 5Sr Elusive receiver that shows ability running after the reception yet a prospect that’s runs hot and cold. Looked like a sensational prospect as a sophomore but never really elevated his game. Signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs and no longer with FSU program.

Notre Dame

Rnd Name Pos # Yr Comments
1st Michael Floyd WR 3 4Sr Big, dominant game controlling receiver that’s had several off the field issues recently. Not a deep threat yet possesses the skills necessary to be a number one receiver in the NFL.
1st Manti Te’o ILB 5 3Jr Tough, in the box, run defending linebacker with a terrific head for the ball.
2nd Tyler Eifert TE 80 3Jr Terrific tight end prospect with a complete game.
3rd Cierre Wood RB 20 3So
4-5 Darius Fleming OLB 45 4Sr Underrated linebacker with terrific quickness, speed and the ability to go sideline to sideline.
5th Kapron Lewis-Moore DE 89 4Jr Long, lean college defensive end that should only get better as he physically matures and rounds out his game.
7th Robert Blanton CB 12 4Sr Adequate prospect that flashes skill at cornerback yet easily gets beat on occasion. Potential dime back in a zone system.
6-7 Gary Gray CB 4 5Sr Adequate cornerback that shows skills facing the action. Highly thought of by NFL scouts.
FA Harrison Smith S 22 5Sr Run defending safety best playing downhill between the numbers. Highly thought of by NFL scouts.
FA Dayne Crist QB 10 4Jr Big arm passer that offers a lot of upside yet must pull together a complete game.
FA Trevor Robinson G 78 4Sr Tough mauler best in a small area.
FA Jonas Gray RB 25 4Sr Patient ball carrier that picks up yardage off initial contact and also looks solid catching the ball out of the backfield. A lot of physical skill yet has never been anything other than a part-time player at ND.
FA Ethan Johnson DT 90 4Sr Hard-working defensive lineman with limited upside.
FA Taylor Dever G 75 5Sr Versatile blocker that can be used at guard or tackle. Must improve his blocking balance and possesses little upside.