'Noles in the NFL Draft

The NFL draft is right around the corner and four FSU players are on the radar. NoleDigest.com takes a look at the draft potential of Patrick Robinson, Dekoda Watson, Myron Rolle, and Caz Piurowski.

CB Patrick Robinson

Robinson is rated as the #36 overall prospect and #4 rated CB by Scout.com's NFL Draft team led by Chris Steuber. At just over 5'11 and 190 pounds, Robinson has ran a 4.46 40, has a 39 inch vertical jump and 10'2'' broad jump. He entered the radar with six interceptions in 2007, Robinson plays one of the more coveted positions on draft day which should work in his favor. He is currently projected to be a late first round or second round draft choice. If Robinson has been impressive in interviews(always a difficult thing to ascertain), that might put him over the top and get him into the coveted first round.

LB Dekoda Watson

Watson is rated in the #132 overall player and #13 LB by Scout.com NFL Draft team. He weighed in at 240 pounds at the NFL combine and impressed when he measured 48'' across his shoulders and just 26'' across his waist. He ran in the 4.55 range at 240 pounds, but improved to the mid 4.4's at FSUs Pro Day. However, he was down weight wise on FSUs Pro Day to 226 pounds raising some concerns that he added the weight for the combine. He has some injury and durability concerns that will scare some teams off from drafting him. Some feel he will play his best ball in the 3-4 defense that is so popular in the NFL right now. He presents the classic risk/reward scenario for NFL teams.

S Myron Rolle

Rolle has been away from football for a year as he pursued his educational dreams at Oxford as one of 32 Rhodes scholars. He is ranked #190 on Scout.com's NFL Draft board and ran a 4.59, jumped 36 inches, and put up two quality numbers in the shuttle(4.15) and 3-Cone drill(6.94) at the NFL combine. Today, April 7th, Rolle will work out for scouts a second time at Disney's Wide World of Sports. We feel he is being undervalued right now at the NFL level and hopefully will put together a great performance to alleviate any concerns. He is a player who could play either Safety position, although he projects to Strong. At 6'2, 217, he has enough speed to get sideline to sideline. There is not a player in the draft who has better character.

TE Caz Piurowski

Piurowski is the #373 rated player on Scout.coms NFL Draft board. A knee injury has really hurt his draft stock as he is unable to show scouts what he can do. Before the knee, he was looking like a 3rd or 4th rounder because of his great blocking ability. It appears that he will have to make in the league the hard way, as a late draftee or undrafted free agent. He needs to continue to add core strength to his 6'6.5, 272 pound frame.

Analysis:

The 'proof is in the pudding' so to speak and FSUs struggles on the field show up on draft day. We are talking about four players here- one who did not even play as a senior, another who missed significant time with an ACL injury, and a third who was nicked up.

Last year Everette Brown was a second rounder and he was the only player drafted. In 2008, Andre Fluellen(3rd round), Letroy Guion(5th round), and Geno Hayes(6th round) were the only drafted players. If FSU gets all four players drafted this year, that would be 8 players in a three year period. To put that in context, in 2006, eight players were drafted including FOUR first rounders(vs. potentially zero in this three year window).

Clearly the talent level has dropped off. There is hope for the future however as QB Christian Ponder, WRs Jarmon Fortson and Bert Reed, OL Rodney Hudson, DE Markus White, and LB Nigel Bradham are draft eligible next year.


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