With the draft over two months away, it's never early to predict who will go where and in what round. Specifically, I want to predict where three ex Florida State players will end up and in which round.
The three players from Florida State that could make a big splash is cornerback Patrick Robinson, safety Myron Rolle and outside linebacker Dekoda Watson. All three have different stories and all three are projected in different rounds of this years draft.
All of that being said, here are my projections for the former Noles.
Patrick Robinson had a very successful career at Florida State. He's a projected first rounder with a lot of upside. I predict that he will land at pick number 30 to the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are in need of a lock down cornerback. With Antoine Winfield aging year after year and starting to get injury prone, Robinson would be the safe pick.
Given that he has an impressive combine, Robinson could rise higher in the first round, but right now we'll keep him at 30.
Myron Rolle is a giant question mark, but his upside is worth the risk. Rolle is a Rhodes Scholar who chose to forfeit his final year of eligibility to honor his scholarship at Oxford. The entire time he was studying, he was preparing for the NFL Draft in hopes to pursue his professional football dreams.
Rolle showed up at the Senior Bowl last week standing 6'2" and weighing in at a shredded 217. Draft analyst Todd McShay said that Rolle was more impressive in last weeks practice and the game itself than he had been his entire career at Florida State.
With that being said, I'm predicting that Rolle will fall somewhere in the second round. I'm predicting the San Fransisco 49ers. Coach Mike Singletary loves smart guys with football savvy, that's exactly what Rolle possesses. With a solid combine performance, Rolle could possibly slip into the first round, but a year without football makes that highly unlikely.
Dakoda Watson has been labeled as being undersized by most draft evaluators. The other downside is how bad the defense played last season. All that being said Watson is still a great asset to any defense.
He has amazing leadership abilities and the fact that he played most of his career through injuries is a testament to his toughness. He also has a knack for making big plays. Just a year ago he was the star defensive player in the bowl game against Wisconsin.
Watson should be a late second rounder to an early third rounder, but with a good performance at the combine, his stock could rise. He could be great in a 4-3 scheme at the will backer position.