First Round: Rhodes drafted by Vikings at 25

Xavier Rhodes became the third Seminole drafted in the first round when the Minnesota Viking's used the 25th pick on the 6'2 cornerback.

Xavier Rhodes

Recruiting (Class of 2009): Scout.com had the Miami Norland product as a 3-star prospect and no. 50 WR in the country. Rivals.com had Rhodes as a 3-star WR as well. Rhodes was 'hidden' a little bit in high school as he did not play in a passing offense at Norland. Rhodes did shine at several camps as a WR and his size and thick build were attractive on the trail. It was FSU that first stepped up and offered as a CB and Rhodes decision to make the transition will be a lucrative one. We would not say he was mis-evaluated, preferring to give the credit to Rhodes for having the work ethic and smarts to see where his ceiling resides.

At FSU: Rhodes played two games in 2009 before red-shirting due to a hand injury. He was not mentioned much for the starting job in 2010 opposite Greg Reid, but NoleDigest correctly predicted that he would get that job and be a future NFLer. That is exactly what happened. Registered 4 interceptions as a freshmen and earned many accolades such as "Freshmen All-American" and the "ACC Rookie of the Year". Rhodes followed that up with a solid, not spectacular, redshirt sophomore campaign in 2011 where he rotated with Reid and Mike Harris at CB.

Rebounded in 2012 with 3 interceptions and was a semi-finalist for the Thorpe award given to the nations top DB. Ended up starting 38 out of 43 games in his FSU career. Allowed only 13 completions on 47 pass attempts his direction.

As a Pro: Rhodes is EXACTLY what NFL teams are looking for in corners. He has elite size (6'1+), a thick build, but also loose hips and ball skills. He has proven to be very durable and we can see many scenario's where he is a 10+ year starter at the NFL level. Coming from Dade County, he is afraid of nothing and should relish the job of going against the top WRs in the game like Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, and Larry Fitzgerald. Rhodes is physical against the run and brings value added to the defense with his ability to tackle and hit. Very little risk here.

For the Viking's: Rhodes will fill an immediate need in the Viking secondary and his size should make him able to match-up with the bigger types like Calvin Johnson (Lion's) and an emerging Alshon Jeffery (Bear's).

Rhodes is more fluid than he is given credit for and this could be a long-term starter for the Viking's.


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