Wednesday, May 14, 2014
FSU dominates early 2015 mock draft
By David M. Hale
The 2014 NFL draft might have just wrapped up four days ago, and college football’s regular season may still be 3½ months away, but Todd McShay still managed to churn out a preliminary look at what next year’s draft might look like.
Sure, a ton will change between now and the moment when Roger Goodell announces the first pick of 2015, but McShay’s projections underscore just how loaded the defending national champs will be this season.
Of the 32 players McShay has currently projected as first-round selections in 2015, six are playing for Florida State.
No surprise that Heisman winner Jameis Winston is the first quarterback off the board, projected as the No. 5 overall selection by the New York Jets.
Following Winston are teammates Mario Edwards Jr., P.J. Williams, Rashad Greene, Cameron Erving and Tre' Jackson. Winston, Edwards and Williams are all underclassmen, and Winston has previously stated he intends to return for 2015.
If all six Florida State players did end up in the first round, it would match the six first-round selections Miami produced in 2004.
Beyond the six Seminoles, only Clemson’s Vic Beasley turns up on McShay’s first-round projections among other ACC stars.
Of course, there could be other hot commodities in the conference, including Miami running back Duke Johnson, Louisville receiver DeVante Parker, Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and potentially more Seminoles in Eddie Goldman, Ronald Darby, Karlos Williams and Josue Matias.