From Asante Samuel Jr. to Marvin Wilson, Florida State could have six players taken in NFL Draft
Beginning on Thursday night, many young men's draft will come true during the first night of the NFL Draft.
The second and third rounds of the draft will be held on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Florida State has six prospects who could be selected all throughout the draft.
The last time FSU had six or more players selected in the draft was 2015, when they had 11 players chosen. The first player to come off the board is cornerback Asante Samuel Jr.
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Cornerback Asante Samuel Jr.
Despite a 3-6 season, Samuel's play stood out as he is considered one of the best cornerbacks in this year's draft class. Samuel has an excellent chance to be selected in the bottom of the first round by a playoff team from last season.
If Samuel isn't chosen on the first day of the draft, he probably won't have to wait long on Day 2 to be selected. The former four-star recruit is the No. 39 overall prospect and fifth-ranked cornerback on NFL Network Daniel Jeremiah's top 150 prospects.
Samuel is a solid tackler against the run as he sees himself as an outside cornerback at the next level instead of at the slot.
“I’ve been playing outside all my life,” Samuel told reporters during his pro day in March. “I played nickel some time my sophomore and freshman year, but at the end of the day, I make my plays on the outside. I feel like I’m a dominant corner on the outside.
"They try to look at my height and say things of that nature, but I’m the same size as Jaire Alexander, and he’s a dominant NFL cornerback right now, one of the best in the league. So I feel like size doesn’t matter, it’s about the heart and the dog mentality you have on that field.”
Antwan's analysis: They're several teams that could use Samuel's services. Places like the Green Bay Packers or the New Orleans Saints make the most sense to me. Both teams are looking for cornerback help, and Samuel could come and have an immediate impact either in the slot or as an outside corner.
The Buffalo Bills could also target Samuel at pick No. 30 in round one.
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Safety Hamsah Nasirildeen
Hamsah Nasirildeen should be the next FSU player to come off the board, likely on Day 2 of the draft.
During his time at FSU, Nasirldeen displayed his versatility to play various positions for the Seminoles. Also, at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Nasirildeen could play in coverage or also in the box as a linebacker.
The biggest question with Nasirldeen is his lingering knee injury after it derailed most of his senior season. That could be the difference between Nasirldeen being selected in either the second or third round.
"During the season, I wasn't feeling 100% although mentally I felt great because I was able to play football," Nasirldeen said. "Now I really feel good.
"Being able to come back and play, that's really what I came back for. It didn't go as I planned early, but being able to come back and play a couple of those games and make some moments with the guys was a great feeling."
Antwan's analysis: The Miami Dolphins defense made a lot of strives in Brian Flores' second year as head coach. But the one aspect the team is missing is a safety like Nasirldeen, who can stop the run at the line of scrimmage while also dropping back into coverage.
Miami has a third-round selection at pick No. 81 overall, and that could be a perfect spot to take Nasirldeen.
Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson
At one point, Marvin Wilson was maybe considered a first or second-round draft pick. Now, he could be a potential Day 3 selection.
Wilson's draft stock dropped following the 2020 season that saw him play in just six games as he recorded 17 tackles, one sack, and two tackles for loss.
At the Senior Bowl in January, Wilson measured 6 feet, 3 7/8 inches, and 319 pounds.
"I think was a little bit a victim of some of the expectations,' Jeremiah said about Wilson on a conference call. "He was such a high recruit, defensive tackle. Just you come in with expectations really high, you're left a little bit disappointed, but he plays hard.
"I thought his hands were quicker than his feet. He's just not real twitched up or dynamic. I thought he was a little bit better in 2019. I think he's probably a fourth-round type pick."
Antwan's analysis: Wilson’s physical tools are good enough to fit any defensive scheme. He could perform well at either defensive tackle spot as he is definitely a Day 2 draft selection.
However, his injury history and regression last year will likely drop him to the final day of the draft. Don't be surprised if a team like the Dallas Cowboys or the Cleveland Browns targets Wilson on Saturday afternoon.
Defensive lineman Janarius Robinson
Janarius Robinson measured in at 6-foot-5, and 263 pounds at the Senior Bowl. in Mobile, Robinson certainly improved his draft stock.
Robinson recorded 104 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, and eight sacks during his FSU career.
Robinson was also an ACC Honor Roll member his final three years. NFL.com is projecting Robinson as a fifth-round pick.
Antwan's analysis: Robinson is an intriguing prospect as he has improved his stock since the start of January. Whoever decides to draft Robinson will get a player who can play both as a defensive tackle and defensive end.
The Baltimore Ravens or the Minnesota Vikings could be potential spots where Robinson lands in the fifth round.
Wide receiver Tamorrion Terry
After redshirting his first year at FSU, Terry immediately made an impact once he stepped onto the field. The former four-star recruit from Georgia was an honorable mention All-ACC pick and FSU's Offensive MVP in 2018 after leading the team in receiving yards and touchdowns (35 catches for 744 yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games).
Terry improved his stats during his sophomore season in 2019 as he caught 60 receptions for 1,188 yards and nine touchdowns. Instead of entering the NFL Draft, Terry returned to FSU for the 2020 season, but the year couldn't have gone any worst for Terry.
He played in just five games because of a knee injury as he recorded 23 receptions for 289 yards and one touchdown. Terry underwent surgery on the knee in October and opted out of the remainder of the season after it wasn't responding the way he wanted.
NFL.com projects Terry as a sixth-round pick.
Antwan's analysis: If Terry had entered the draft after his redshirt sophomore season, he likely would have been a second or third-round pick. Instead, he could be a late-round selection or possibly a priority undrafted free agent.
Terry can certainly be a solid receiver in the NFL with his 6-foot-3 frame and reliable hands. FSU's inconsistent quarterback play certainly hurt him at times. However, a team like the Dolphins, the Carolina Panthers, or the Kansas City Chiefs could find a potential gem in Terry.
Defensive lineman Joshua Kaindoh
As a freshman, Kaindoh played in all 13 games as he registered 17 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and four sacks in 2017. As a sophomore in 2018, Kaindoh recorded 19 tackles, 4.5 for loss, with three sacks.
Kaindoh only played in three games in 2019 because of a lower leg injury. However, Kaindoh returned in 2020 as he made 13 tackles, three for loss, and returned an interception for a touchdown.
While Kaindoh had his moments, his FSU career was full of inconsistencies. He is projected to be a seventh-round pick by NFL.com.
Antwan's analysis: Kaindoh is a developmental player who can grow as a pass rusher and run-stuffer at the next level. With the right coaching, Kaindoh can develop into a solid rotational 4-3 defensive end in the NFL.
Teams who could draft Kaindoh include the Browns, the Bills, or the New York Giants.
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