Seminole NFL Draft Preview

The Seminoles are expected to have at least two players selected in first round of tomorrow's NFL draft. The Garnet & Gold also should be well represented in other earlier rounds. The Territory breaks down each player that should be selected and we make a prediction on what round they will be selected.


Alex Barron, a two time All-American, is Scout.com No.1 rated offensive tackle. The 6-foot-6 and 317 pound standout will be the first offensive lineman to come off of the board.

The fact he has already earned his degree shows Barron has the mental makeup to play in the NFL. But scouts love his athleticism. At Florida State's pro day, Barron had a vertical leap of 38 inches and covered the 40-yard dash in 4.82 seconds. He completed 21 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press, but part of the reason he did fewer than many other offensive linemen is the fact he has 38 1/2-inch arms. His total bench press of 395 pounds shows he's more than strong enough to handle the powerful linemen he'll face in the NFL

"Alex has been one of our more consistent blockers in the years he has started for FSU," Coach Bobby Bowden told the Associated Press about Barron. "He has been blessed with phenomenal athletic ability and puts it to good use."

The Territory's Take: Barron will most likely be selected anywhere from the 10th to 15th overall pick in the first round. We feel like he is going to be very productive in the NFL and a real value pick. The only knock on him is insistently which he will pick up from good NFL coaching.

Defensive tackle Travis Johnson like Alex Barron is ranked No. 1 at his position by Scout.com. As a senior he had a breakout season by recording 50 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. The 6-foot-5 and 286 pound standout did very well at the Seminole pro day by running in the 4.9 40-yard dash range.

The Territory's Take: Johnson will probably be a late first round selection. He has all the physical skills to be an excellent NFL Pro. The knock on him has been work-ethic and proper focus.

Bryant McFadden is Scout.com's No. 7 rated cornerback in the country. McFadden have been quite solid but not spectacular as a two year starter in Garnet & Gold. As a senior, he recorded 36 tackles, one interception and nine passes broken up.

The Territory's Take: McFadden probably will land somewhere in the second round. He will definitely be a value pick because of what he brings to the table. He will probably be able to play safety as well which will add to his value.

Craphonso Thorpe is Scout.com's No.11 ranked wide receiver in the country. As a senior, he struggled because inconstant quarterback play and a slow recovery from a broken leg. As a junior, the 6-foot-1 and 188 pounder put up huge numbers despite missing to games with a broken leg by catching 51 passes for 994 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Territory's Take:This one could go either way. Thopre is blesses with good size and blazing speed. However, he needs to get stronger and be more dedicated to his craft. Not having track probably will help. Thorpe could go anywhere from the second to third round. We feel he'll either hit it big or bust.

Eric Moore is Scout.com's No. 17 ranked defensive end in the country. The 6-foot-4 and 268 pound standout struggled with injuries his senior season but scouts love his pass-rushing abilities.

The Territory's Take: Moore is predicted to be selected in the fourth round and he could be drafted as an outside linebacker where he could star in a NFL's three/four scheme. The Pittsburgh Steelers have showed a lot interest.

Other Seminoles that most likely will get drafted in the late rounds are quarterback Chris Rix, wide receiver Chauncey Stovall, offensive tackle Ray Willis, defensive end Chauncey Davis, safety Jerome Carter, and safety B.J. Ward.

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