Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Yet another part of the Seminoles' stellar defense is entering the draft early, but Xavier Rhodes has all the reason to do so. The 6'1" junior has a long and solid frame for a corner, which makes him one of the top three corner prospects in this year's draft.
Rhodes brings physicality to the secondary by getting super aggressive on tight coverage, and this results in many good plays but puts him at risk for penalties. He may not be the fastest defensive back in the draft, but his size and strength can make him a valuable asset for many defenses in the league.
Fortunately for Rhodes, it looks like he has a great shot to remain in Florida. Predicted to be drafted in the middle of the first round, Rhodes can fall to teams who struggled mightily against the pass last season and that just so happens to be the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Bucs.
With the 13th overall pick, Tampa Bay would love to add Rhodes to their secondary, which allowed a league-worst 297.4 passing yards a game. They have to hope that Miami doesn't scoop him with the 12th pick, however, because the Dolphins allowed 248.4 yards in the air each game and were near the bottom of the league with only 10 interceptions on the season.