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The national champion Seminoles offer a veritable buffet of NFL draft prospects. Florida State's pro day was tempting enough for the Lions that both Mayhew and Caldwell flew in to witness it firsthand.
If you look carefully, you can see Mayhew in the picture (he's in the white hat second from the right).
As noted in the MLive report, a pair of defensive backs had the Lions' rapt attention.
Lamarcus Joyner is a playmaking back with lightning quickness and a flair for the dramatic. He's small even for a corner at just 5'8", and it's unclear exactly what position he will play in the NFL. He has experience at both safety and corner, as noted in his Bleacher Report draft profile.
Safety Terrence Brooks is another second-day (second and third rounds) prospect with great versatility. He thrived as the Noles' primary coverage safety, demonstrating impressive range and savvy instincts. For more on Brooks, check out this comprehensive scouting report from With the First Pick.
Of course, the Seminoles have some other potential Lions, too.
Gigantic wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is even bigger than Texas A&M's Mike Evans at 6'5" and 240 pounds. His game needs refinement, but his tantalizing size and clutch ability—he caught the game-sealing touchdown in the BCS championship game—make him a viable candidate for the 45th pick...if he lasts that long.
Linebacker Telvin Smith is built like a safety, but he offers the coverage ability to play as a hybrid safety/linebacker. As Mike Loyko of NE Patriots Draft noted, he had a strong Senior Bowl week:
Telvin Smith, Florida State – Really stood out to me today. Extremely fast to cover the flats and was discipline in coverage, not biting on play-fakes. He needs to add at least 12 pounds to his frame, but his speed in coverage will play at the next level.
His lack of size is a big factor. At 6'3" and 217 pounds, he's smaller than many wide receivers and lacks the bulk to fend off blocks at the next level. Still, he's a potential candidate for Detroit's third-round pick.
Christian Jones played as both a linebacker and defensive end for Florida State. Like Joyner, his lack of a true position makes him a difficult NFL projection, but he should merit consideration from the Lions in the fourth round.
Center Bryan Stork is light on his feet and isn't afraid to mix it up with defenders all the way to the whistle. He's the fourth-rated center at CBS, where his top-heavy physique and lack of body control are listed as negatives. He's also an option in the fourth round.