Tagged: Florida St.

RT BOBBY HART, FLORIDA ST.

RT #51 BOBBY HART, FLORIDA ST.

6’4” – 318 lbs. – 5.15e

Started one game at left tackle in 2011, along with the following eight games at right tackle. Worked as a reserve guard in 2012, then started all fourteen games at right tackle in 2013. Knee-bender who gets adequate depth on his kickslide, with the athleticism and lateral agility to defend against opposing speed rushers; movement skills are used to compensate for his lack of ideal length. Great speed; has impressive range as a blocker, with the ability to get out in front of screens or pull in the run game. Can make blocks at the second level. Upside is still considerable given his movement skills, intelligence, and relative lack of experience. Has started one game at left tackle and spent time at guard, neither of which is completely out of the realm of possibility as an ultimate destination given further development. Overall size and bulk are only adequate for an offensive tackle; Combine measurements will be important in confirming his listed height. Would really benefit from a pro strength program. More of a finesse blocker than a mauler; lacks a nasty disposition and can be overwhelmed by power. Wall-off blocker who doesn’t generate push in the run game; doesn’t offer much to teams with power running schemes. Ends up on the ground more often than a nearly 320-pound offensive tackle should; below-average anchor given his frame. Technique in pass protection could use work; athleticism is used to mask a choppy kickslide. More reactive than anticipatory versus stunts and blitzes. Also tends to abandon his fundamentals against wide speed rushes. Inconsistent on a play-to-play basis. Doesn’t sustain blocks well. A bit of a positional ‘tweener; not quite long enough to easily protect the edge, not strong enough to create movement at guard. Has a long way to go, but could end up outperforming his draft position, as he has been restricted to the right side by his more highly-touted teammate, Cameron Erving. Will likely have to begin his career as a swing reserve, but has the potential to break into a starting lineup given time to improve his strength and technique. A low-floor, high-ceiling option for zone-blocking teams on the draft’s third day.

Games watched: Clemson (’13), Florida (’13), North Carolina St. (’13)

RB KARLOS WILLIAMS, FLORIDA ST.

RB #9 KARLOS WILLIAMS, FLORIDA ST.

6’1” – 219 lbs. – 4.55e

Started his collegiate career as a five-star safety recruit, appearing in a reserve/special teams role before converting to running back in 2013. Possesses prototypical size and bulk for a starting running back. Powerful runner who can gain yards after contact; capable of lowering his shoulder and punishing defenders. Has potential as a goal-line/short-yardage back. Easily runs through arm tackles. When given a hole, hits it hard and gets upfield in a hurry. Agile enough to make the first man miss; can recognize cutback lanes and find his way into the open field. Can be caught from behind but is fast enough to get to the edge and pick up chunks of yardage. Doesn’t have much tread on his tires, but fits the physical profile of a workhorse. Upside is considerable given the brevity of his career as a running back. Has played with an outstanding supporting cast and hasn’t had to carry the team; much of his production came in garbage time. Gets caught in the backfield far too often for a back with his tools; can work as a downhill back but gets too cute or tries to bounce runs outside. Pad level rises at times; naturally taller than most running backs. Sub-par balance. Has the size to develop into a quality blocker but is well below-average at this point; lacks technique and even gets overpowered at the point of attack more often than he should. Unreliable receiver who has some experience running routes in the flats but doesn’t catch the ball well; has also had some trouble handling kickoffs. Broke his wrist as a freshman, which could require a medical follow-up. Has experience as a kick returner. Defensive background could make him a candidate for early contributions on coverage units. Big, raw back who’s still learning the position but could contribute in a short-yardage/special-teams capacity early, but whose long-term starting potential may be constrained by his poor blocking, limited value as a receiver, and inconsistent play. Working as a full-time starter in 2014 with another year of experience under his belt should clarify his standing; it’s easy to imagine him succeeding, but looks more like a reserve so far.

Games watched: Duke (’13), Idaho (’13), Miami (’13), North Carolina St. (’13), Syracuse (’13), Wake Forest (’13)

LG JOSUE MATIAS, FLORIDA ST.

LG #70 JOSUE MATIAS, FLORIDA ST.

6’6” – 331 lbs. – 5.40e

Has started the past twenty-nine games at left guard for the Seminoles. Massive prospect with excellent height, bulk, and length; carries his weight well. When given the opportunity to attack an opponent’s outside shoulder, can drive his man well off the line of scrimmage. Keeps his feet churning after contact. Has a very strong grip; almost impossible to shed once he has his hands on an opponent. Physically overwhelming blocker who can finish snaps with knockdowns; rarely ends up on the ground himself. More athletic than anticipated given his size; works hard to get out in front of screens or to the second level on run blocks. Not just an obstruction down the field, but can actually engage second-level defenders. Bends his knees well in pass protection despite his height. Uses his arms to get good extension, albeit not on a consistent basis. Exhibits a superb anchor against power rushers. Gets caught bending at the waist too often for a player with his size and length. Lateral agility is generally adequate, but pass protection technique suffers the further he has to travel. Can be victimized by delayed blitzes and unconventional rush combinations. Would benefit from being more patient in pass protection; will overextend and make himself vulnerable to gap-shooting defensive tackles with quick hands. More comfortable anchoring than attempting to prevent rushers from attacking gaps; struggles to recover when he’s beat off the snap, where he exhibits a tendency to get grabby and potentially get flagged for holding. Consequently, despite being built like a right tackle, could be exposed if left on an island against defensive ends and outside linebackers. Benefited from playing between highly-touted left tackle Cameron Erving and 2014 fourth-round pick Bryan Stork. As it stands, however, is one of the most impressive offensive guard prospects in some time, a beautifully-built road grader who offers more range and a better work ethic than most players his size. Overextends a bit too often, but technique is actually pretty good overall as both a run blocker and a pass protector; with further tweaking, has the look of a quality starter at offensive guard.

Games watched: Clemson (’13), Florida (’13), North Carolina St. (’13)

WR RASHAD GREENE, FLORIDA ST.

WR #80 RASHAD GREENE, FLORIDA ST.

6’0” – 178 lbs. – 4.50e

Lanky boundary receiver who enjoyed a highly-productive season opposite Kelvin Benjamin in the Seminoles’ passing attack last season; could have been even more productive had Jameis Winston noticed him more consistently. Long arms give him an impressive catch radius; is capable of securing throws placed away from his frame. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder. Runs routes to all three levels of the field and over the middle; at the next level, should function best on intermediate/deep routes, including posts, curls, and comebacks. Looks sharp and explosive enough to create separation out of his breaks. Capable of getting open down the field, but mostly because of the way he sets up defensive backs with double-moves; more of a nuanced 4.5 guy than someone whose speed alone creates a threat for opposing secondaries. Exhibits good body control on the sidelines; doesn’t always get the second foot in, but wasn’t required to at the college level. Has some shake after the catch, with his running ability also having been highlighted on occasional reverses. Offers additional value as a quality punt returner. Will need to add some bulk to successfully fight off press coverage at the next level. Gives impressive effort as a blocker, but shouldn’t give pro cornerbacks much trouble until he adds strength. Despite being asked to execute shallow crosses and other routes with inside breaks, doesn’t do a great job of making catches when a hit is imminent; looks more comfortable catching a shallow cross in the open field. Nonetheless, is capable of coming down with catches when a defender is in his hip pocket. Commits the occasional concentration drop. Could do a better job of improvising when the play breaks down rather than continuing his route. Doesn’t look like he’ll be able to handle slot responsibilities without getting injured. Production may have been inflated by playing with an incredible supporting cast. A smart, fluid, reliable receiver with a diverse route-tree and underrated blocking skills, Greene may lack the physical attributes of a true number-one target, but should be able to compete for a number-two job as soon as he fills out his frame, which as of now looks painfully thin.

Games watched: Boston College (’13), North Carolina St. (’13), Pittsburgh (’13)

RG TRE JACKSON, FLORIDA ST.

RG #54 TRE JACKSON, FLORIDA ST.

6’4” – 339 lbs. – 5.35e

Started in the Seminoles’ bowl game as a freshman, his only start of the year, then stepped into the starting lineup at right guard in 2012 and has remained there since. Has a thick build consistent with the pro prototype; nice overall weight distribution; could stand to lose a bit of weight, but doesn’t appear overencumbered. Capable of anchoring against bull rushers. Frame provides a considerable obstacle for smaller defenders. High-effort blocker with active hand use and who keeps his legs churning after contact. When positioned properly, is almost never overpowered by an opponent. Generates good pop on contact and can jolt opponents with his initial punch. Nasty blocker who is capable of finishing blocks. Very effective double-team blocker. Athletic enough in a short area to get out to the second level and secure blocks on linebackers, or obstruct their path with a cut block; impressive overall movement skills given his bulk. Also has experience pulling, particularly to the left side. Tends to lower his head on contact, which can lead to defenders crossing his face. Also bends at the waist too often, especially when trying to recover against gap-shooting defensive tackles. More comfortable when given a chance to drive or anchor against a lineman who’s lined up directly opposite him than he is against someone lining up on his inside or outside shoulder. Can be a split-second late to adjust to stunts and blitzes in pass protection. When beat off the snap, can be walked back farther than he should by defensive tackles who are smaller than him; problem is somewhat concerning given generally slow reaction time to the ball being snapped. Lacks elite grip strength and doesn’t sustain blocks quite as well as he should given his strength and large hands; will fall off on occasion. Will probably be limited to playing offensive guard at the pro level, but could realistically fit in either an inline or zone blocking scheme (more readily at the former.) Physical tools and temperament to become a quality starter at offensive guard are clearly there, but must play with more consistent balance, positioning, and technique on a snap-to-snap basis in order to avoid beating himself.

Games watched: Clemson (’13), Florida (’13), North Carolina St. (’13)