The news hardly comes as a shock, but the premature departures began for Florida State on Tuesday. Juniors Mario Edwards Jr. and P.J. Williams each declared for the draft while Seminoles fans wait on the remaining third-year players with NFL aspirations. (Settle, settle. Here's your Jameis Winston update from our David Hale.)
Florida State’s starting lineup will see an overhaul on both sides of the ball now that the defensive stars have begun announcing their decisions to forgo their senior seasons. There is a good chance defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and cornerback Ronald Darby both could announce their intentions to leave school early in the coming days.
Maybe only Alabama has recruited better than Florida State the past four years, so there is no shortage of talent on the roster. There are four- and five-star recruits littered throughout the roster, and the No. 2 defensive end and No. 1 safety in the 2015 class are already on campus. The 2014 class was filled with blue-chip defensive linemen, too.
The Seminoles lost five players from the 2013 defense that are now contributing on NFL Sundays, but there was the thought the remaining talent on the roster would more than make up for the losses. That obviously did not happen as the unit fell to the middle of the pack.
Florida State has found itself in the same territory of the Alabamas and LSUs -- early departures and continual roster turnover becoming the norm. The Seminoles are in that top tier after having 18 players drafted the past two springs.
There is some pressure on the FSU defensive staff to reload rather than rebuild. It’s college football, which means starting 11s are always a revolving door, and the problem is multiplied when the type of talent on the defense is of the three-years-and-done variety.
But it’s a good problem to have.
Here are a few more links from around the ACC:
A breakdown of Miami's defensive recruiting efforts.
Ray Lewis III, the son of two-time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis, is transferring from Miami, his father's alma mater.
Bob Casullo is not taking back what he said about his former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone.
Max Valles is leaving Virginia early to pursue an NFL career.
Virginia assistant and former NC State and Boston College head coach Tom O'Brien is retiring.
Clemson's punter -- PUNTER! -- Bradley Pinion is forgoing his final season in Death Valley.
Renowned college football writer Tony Barnhart has Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson atop his list of those who exceeded expectations in 2014.
UAB receiver Jamari Staples is going to transfer to Louisville. He won't have to sit out the 2015 season because UAB shut down its football program.