Florida State: Stay-or-Go Advice for Draft-Eligible Underclassmen

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Florida State: Stay-or-Go Advice for Draft-Eligible Underclassmen
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Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has recruited a ton of future NFL talent to Tallahassee, and a few of them could bolt for the draft before they run out of eligibility.

Florida State has as much talent as any team in the country, evidenced by the fact that the Seminoles are 13-0 and set to play Jan. 6 in the BCS National Championship against 12-1 Auburn.

On the offensive side of the football, while Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston is only a redshirt freshman and guaranteed to return in 2014, there are potential early entries for the NFL draft along the line, in the backfield and in the receiving corps. Defensively, since most of the two-deep is either seniors that have run out of eligibility or underclassmen just getting started on their FSU careers, only one junior appears ready to make the jump to the pros.

Another factor to consider is coach Jimbo Fisher and the scuttlebutt surrounding his possible interest in the same job at Texas, arguably the most high-profile position in the college game.

While he has downplayed the rumors, telling reporters Wednesday he would only talk about his 'Noles and Gus Malzahn's Tigers in the upcoming title game, it's no secret that the married father of two could make a lot more money in Austin than he currently does in Tallahassee. As we've seen repeatedly on the coaching carousel in recent years, Fisher's recently-signed contract extension doesn't prohibit him from trading in his garnet and gold for burnt orange.

Fisher's future and whether or not Florida State captures the crystal trophy will clearly be factors in the decision, but here are six Seminoles with legitimate cases for chasing their Sunday dreams now, with a best guess—and a bit of unsolicited advice—for each.


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