Projecting the Depth Chart: Offense

The NoleDigest staff projects what the offensive depth chart will look like coming out of spring practice.

Florida State is getting set to start spring practice and, unlike last year, there is plenty of intrigue at quite a few positions. The Seminoles will likely have at least 10, if not 12, players drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft. That means that not only is Florida State losing a lot of depth, they are losing quality starters as well. Here is how the NoleDigest staff believes those holes will be filled by the end of spring practice.

Quarterback

1st Team

2nd Team

3rd Team

Wayne

Sean Maguire

J.J. Cosentino

John Franklin III

Jason

Maguire/Cosentino/Franklin

Wayne: Maguire is the logical choice for the situation and Florida State knows what they have in him. This is Cosentino’s first full offseason and the coaching staff haven’t seen much of him other than with the scout team. If he impresses and wins the job it will be a major plus for the Seminoles as it will mean he outperformed a quality quarterback in Maguire. Jimbo Fisher won’t name a quarterback this spring which means the depth chart will look about the same as it does going in.

Jason: Folks who have been around these parts for awhile will remember what I said going into the 2013 quarterback competition: Unless the older player is significantly better than the younger player, Jimbo Fisher will give the nod to the younger player. For Maguire to win the job, he’s going to have to outplay his competition. As of now, Cosentino and Franklin are unproven, but I think we wind up going into preseason camp with a real battle on our hands.

Running Back

1st Team

2nd Team

3rd Team

4th Team

Wayne

Dalvin Cook

Jacques Patrick

Mario Pender

Jonathan Vickers

Jason

Dalvin Cook

Mario Pender

Jacques Patrick

Jonathan Vickers

Wayne: I don’t think this one is really up for grabs especially after Cook posted the best freshman season in nearly two decades by a Seminole running back. The position that i do believe is up for grabs is the 2nd back. Mario Pender is the logical choice for the situation, but early enrollee Jacques Patrick will have the chance to take that spot from him and i believe he will using his size to earn short yardage and goalline carries.

Jason: Cook has established his spot, but FSU will always split carries, so the next two spots are critically important. Pender has comparable talent to Cook and is the next in line as long as he stays healthy. Patrick will take the big back role and will be in line for plenty of carries as a freshman. The staff is higher on Vickers than most fans, so FSU should have reasonable depth here.

Fullback

1st Team

2nd Team

Wayne

Freddie Stevenson

Jonathan Vickers

Jason

Freddie Stevenson

Jonathan Vickers

Wayne: Stevenson will keep the role that he started in last season.

Jason: Stevenson will continue to play his role here. Vickers will likely get as much time at tailback this spring as at fullback.

Wide Receiver

It’s somewhat difficult to do a true receiver depth chart for FSU because all the receivers cross-train at other positions. So although we have charted receivers at three positions, a guy like Ja’Von Harrison will line up at both Z and X, and Travis Rudolph will be the starter at Z when FSU is in a 2 WR set. But FSU is a base 3WR team, and we have done our best to represent where we think each player fits in the basic rotation.

X Receiver:

1st Team

2nd Team

3rd Team

4th Team

Wayne

Ermon Lane

Ja’Von Harrison

Auden Tate

Jason

Ermon Lane

Da’Vante Phillips

Auden Tate

Y Receiver (Slot)

1st Team

2nd Team

3rd Team

4th Team

Wayne

Travis Rudolph

Bobo Wilson

Nyquan Murray

Kermit Whitfield

Jason

Travis Rudolph

Bobo Wilson

Kermit Whitfield

Nyquan Murray

Z Receiver

1st Team

2nd Team

3rd Team

4th Team

Wayne

George Campbell

Da’Vante Phillips

Auden Tate

Isaiah Jones

Jason

George Campbell

Ja’Von Harrison

Isaiah Jones

Auden Tate

Wayne: In a two receiver set Rudolph and Lane will be the starters. They are both elite talents and made their way into the starting lineup as freshmen last season. When the third wide receiver comes onto the field is where it will get interesting. I believe Rudolph will slide over into the slot and George Campbell will get the nod. Campbell is a freak athlete with legit 4.3 speed. At 6-foot-3 that is a deadly combination and he will provide the deep threat Florida State was lacking last season. Phillips, Harrison, and Wilson will get plenty of burn as well. Auden Tate is another who could potentially work his way into the lineup.

Jason: Like Wayne said, Rudolph and Lane are the top two here. FSU lacked a true outside vertical threat last season, and I think Campbell will be able to fill that role when FSU goes three wide, with Harrison also getting time at that spot as well. Wilson should be the next guy in the rotation and should be the second slot in 4WR sets. Phillips’ groin injury will cost him the spring, which will hurt his chances to contribute right away. Isaiah Jones will get his opportunities this spring, but there’s no guarantee he’s even on the roster in the fall.

Tight End

1st Team

2nd Team

3rd Team

Wayne

Ryan Izzo

Jeremy Kerr*

Mavin Saunders*

Jason

Ryan Izzo

Mavin Saunders*

Jeremy Kerr*

Wayne: Replacing the best tight end in Florida State history is a tough task for coach Tim Brewster, but Ryan Izzo is a quality player. He is a much better receiver than Kerr, and a much better blocker than Saunders, which is why he gets the nod over both. Jimbo favors players with consistency and that is exactly what you will get from Izzo. The 2nd team tight end depends on the situation. If Florida State needs another receiving threat the answer is obviously Saunders, while if they need another blocker Kerr would be the choice. Florida State will turn to an extra blocking tight end more than a receiving one so Kerr gets the nod on my list.

Jason: Saunders is the most talented of the bunch, particularly in the passing game, but Izzo is the best combination of all tight end traits at this point. When FSU goes jumbo on the goal line, Kerr will be on the field. This is an interesting spot to watch, as Saunders actually has a higher ceiling than O’Leary did, but he also has much further to go.

Offensive Line:

Wayne’s Uglies

1st Team

2nd Team

3rd Team

LT

Roderick Johnson

Derrick Kelly

Abdul Bello

LG

Kareem Are

Cole Minshew

C

Ryan Hoefeld

Alec Eberle

David Robbins

RG

Wilson Bell

Corey Martinez

RT

Chad Mavety

Brock Ruble

Ethan Frith

Wayne: The left tackle position is the only position on the offensive line not up for grabs. Roderick Johnson was arguably the best freshman offensive lineman in the country and will be one of the premier offensive lineman in the country. Kareem Are is likely locked in at the left guard spot as well. Center and right guard are where things get really interesting. Rick Trickett will likely try out every lineman, offensive or defensive, to find the best center of the group. The position is completely up for grabs. Ryan Hoefeld is the early favorite to win the job as he started there for a few games last season. Right guard will be battle between Derrick Kelly, Corey Martinez, and Wilson Bell. In the end Bells combination of size and athleticism will win him the job. Right tackle is likely to be Mavety unless Trickett believes he’s a capable center.

Jason’s Uglies

1st Team

2nd Team

3rd Team

LT

Roderick Johnson

Derrick Kelly

Abdul Bello

LG

Kareem Are

Corey Martinez

C

Chad Mavety

Ryan Hoefeld

Alec Eberle

RG

Wilson Bell

Cole Minshew

RT

Brock Ruble

Ethan Frith

Jason: I’m rolling the dice a bit here. FSU will experiment with multiple lineups all spring to find the right combination, paying special attention to the center position, which as we saw last season is the most important spot in Rick Trickett’s offensive line. I think the chalk holds at left tackle (obviously) and both guard positions, but I think Mavety’s size and bend win the day at center, while Ruble (who Fisher loves) takes over at the right tackle spot. Derrick Kelly is the other guy to watch, as he can play multiple positions across the offensive line.


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