The Florida State secondary will have the tough task of replacing Jalen Ramsey next season as well as another of the defensive leaders in Lamarcus Brutus. Ramsey is expected to be a Top-5 pick in the NFL draft currently, and will go down as one of the best defensive backs in Florida State history.
The good news for the Seminoles is that they return a talented secondary and brought in some highly touted recruits this recruiting cycle.
The Florida State secondary this season will have a 69.2 percent blue chip rating. None of the three freshmen were early enrollees so heading into the spring here is what the expected depth chart looks like.
|Position||1st Team||2nd Team||3rd Team|
|BCB||Tarvarus McFadden||Marcus Lewis||Malique Jackson|
|SS||Derwin James||Nate Andrews||Calvin Brewton|
|FS||AJ Westbrook||Marcus Lewis|
|FCB||Marquez White||Ryan Green|
McFadden is the heir apparent to Ramsey at the boundary cornerback position with his combination of size and athleticism, but Marcus Lewis has also stood out. That will be a battle to watch during the spring, but McFadden heads into the spring as the odds on favorite.
Five games into his freshman season, Derwin James took over the starting strong safety spot and never looked back. He took the job from Nate Andrews who will continue to back him up. Calvin Brewton will also back up James.
AJ Westbrook is the favorite to win the free safety job. He's very smart, and is a good athlete. He has been around the game his entire life, and really understands the nuances of the game. Marcus Lewis will be battling Westbrook for the job.
Marquez White has this position locked down after a very impressive junior campaign. Ryan Green and Malique Jackson will be backing him up.
Trey Marshall will return from a torn bicep, and should be ready for spring. He was the starting Star to begin the 2015 season before the injury.
Nate Andrews will be back in the money position. It's the role he was brought in to play, and he's been great at it throughout his career.