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I really like the chances of the Seminoles returning to the BCS this year. With a roster as loaded as theirs, how could I not? They finally seem to be returning to their old form of constantly supplying the NFL with high level players.
The defensive side of the ball is where they play the best ball, as evidenced by their Top 5 defense last year. Whether it was the running game or the passing game, FSU could shut it all down. The defensive line was the overall best unit, and I have two guys from it going in the first round.
That isn't to take anything away from the offense. There are some very talented players that will get their time to shine this year, which will help their draft stock. Guys like E.J. Manuel can help their cause a lot by having a stellar season.
E.J. Manuel (QB): Tall, strong quarterback with a powerful arm. Decision-making is decent, but forces passes sometimes. Is a dual-threat QB, but uses legs mainly to escape pressure. Has a very high ceiling.
*Bjoern Werner (DE): Powerful, threatening defensive end that forces his way to the backfield and can rush the passer. Has a great first step and showed up big in important games. While once criticized for his lack of moves, Werner added some to his game last year, making him a complete package.
Brandon Jenkins (DE): Once thought a sure-fire first-rounder, a disappointing 2011 convinced him to go back for one more year and work on his game a little bit. Besides inconsistency, nothing really bad about his game. Great speed, moves, strength and can play OLB if needed.
*Xavier Rhodes (CB): From a physical standpoint, Rhodes is an ideal corner. It also helps that he has elite athleticism, strength and coverage ability. Shows flexibility in multiple schemes and can defend the best wide receivers.