Explaining why Florida State Seminoles fell in 2018 NFL Draft

Derwin James

I receive questions daily on social media and in person, the answers to which don’t make it into articles. Recently, I’ve fielded great questions about the FSU football program that I wanted to flesh out beyond 280 characters on Twitter.

I figured it was time to do my version of a mailbag – a third mailbag.

Feel free to email me (email hidden; JavaScript is required) or hit me up on social media to see your questions answered.

This week’s questions were obviously draft-heavy with only six Noles being drafted, and those who were, lower than expected.

@jadaway2: “What’s the biggest factor for the drop from 29 players drafted over 3 years to 10 players over the last 3 years?

Also, do you see any 1st round picks for the Noles in next year’s draft?”

That 2012 defense was trill. 2013 and ‘14 purely winning. Last few years a combo of youth and just not putting as good a product on the field.

Many of these guys are performing well in the NFL or are the face of their franchises (see Xavier Rhodes, Jalen Ramsey and Jameis Winston). There was so much talent and leadership from the players that creates a culture of accountability which breeds winning.

Sometimes, as a coach, that can cause you to get lax in your drive to develop and consistently put guys in the best positions to make plays. I’m not saying Jimbo Fisher didn’t try his best as a coach, as much as you could see a clear disconnect in the players’ belief in the coaches as a group.

As far as next year goes, as of now, no, I don’t see a first-rounder. That can drastically change if some of these key underclassmen perform to the level that is expected of them. Look for the top picks to be primarily on defense. Lavonta Taylor and Brian Burns have all the makings oftop picks if they can put up numbers. I also believe Jacques Patrick will be drafted mid-rounds if he performs like he did towards the end of last year. Demarcus Christmas and Nyquon Murray are also names to watch who could easily be top picks if they have monster years.

@tonyganstine: “Do you think the draft and our season have a direct correlation? There is a reason TMac (Tavarus McFadden) wasnt drafted and a reason he got burned A LOT.”

If FSU was a 10-winn team he’s drafted higher. If he doesn’t have multiple plays where he was targeted and beaten in big games, he’s drafted higher; he can overcome that as well.

He gets to learn from Richard Sherman as he was picked up by San Fransisco as an undrafted rookie free agent and the contract they gave him isn’t that bad. Geno Hayes, my “Doak Boyz” podcast co-host brought up the comparison to me on our draft podcast. It might still work out for him, but his stock dropped as FSU wins dropped due to his lack of creating stops at critical times in those losses.

RELATED: Answering Florida State’s biggest off-season questions.

Prev1 of 3
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to view the next page

© 2016, All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

To Top