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Latest look at where the ‘Noles are projected before 2021 NFL Draft

With the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft hours away, when should Florida State fans expect to hear familiar names called?

It wasn’t until day two last year when Cam Akers heard his name called at pick #52 by the Los Angeles Rams. He was the only FSU player taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, the first time since 2009 only one FSU player was chosen (Everette Brown).

In 2019, Brian Burns (first round, pick #16) and Demarcus Christmas (sixth round, pick #209) were the only two Seminoles selected.

With a blend of prospects that bring a different skill set, there should be plenty of Garnet and Gold represented in the seven-round, three day event in 2021.

Asante Samuel Jr is expected by most to hear his name called first from the group. Many scouts are impressed with Samuel’s competitiveness, instincts and man coverage. In three years in Tallahassee, he finished with 97 tackles and four interceptions.

The main concern associated with Samuel is his smaller frame (5’10, 184 lbs).

In the latest mock draft by Chad Reuter of NFL.com, Samuel Jr is slated at pick #41 in the second round to the Detroit Lions. In a secondary already occupied by 2020 first rounder Jeff Okudah, this would give the Lions a tandem to build around.

Safety Hamsah Nasirildeen is the next prospect on the list. He was sidelined by a torn ACL during most of the 2020 season, but decided to enter the draft based on his first three years of tape. He produced 91 and 101 tackles in his sophomore and junior campaigns (both team-highs).

Nasirildeen projects as a hybrid safety who can cover, but also play in the box. His pure athleticism should keep him on an NFL roster for a long time barring injury.

Reuter also has Nasirildeen headed to the Motor City, but in the third round with pick #72.

Marvin Wilson was one whom some projected as a first rounder before the 2020 season. Like many draft analysts, Reuter has the 6’3, 302 lbs defensive tackle much later (third round, pick #81, Miami Dolphins).

Evaluators seem to love what Wilson brings to the run game, but his lack to rush the passer seems to be the main culprit in his slide. Nonetheless, his frame alone will give him a chance to become a rotational tackle at the least for a franchise.

Another name to keep an eye on in the middle rounds is wide receiver Tamorrion Terry. Similar to Wilson, he saw his stock fall after deciding to forego the 2020 NFL Draft.

Any fan that watched the ‘Noles understands the potential Terry possesses. He averaged 21.3 (2018) and 19.8 (2019) yards per catch in his two full seasons. If you combine those seasons, his numbers are 95 receptions for 1932 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Terry is projected to be drafted by the Houston Texans with pick #109 of the fourth round. With a receiving core led by 31 year old Randall Cobb and Brandin Cooks, he could thrive if given the opportunity.

Janarius Robinson is projected at pick #136 to Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round, while Joshua Kaindoh comes in at pick #179 in the fifth round to the Dallas Cowboys.

At 6’6, 260lbs, Kaindoh has elite physical tools for teams to possibly use a flyer on him. However, his injury history may cost him. Meanwhile, Robinson’s talent may be better suited for the next level if he gets the right coaching.

With just three draft picks to show in the last two years, Florida State should see a substantial increase in players taken in the 2021 NFL Draft.

For Reuter’s full mock draft, click here.


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