Over the last two seasons, the Florida State Seminoles went on of the best runs in college football history. The Seminoles were the 2013 national champions, won three straight ACC titles, and were victorious for 29 straight games.
The Oregon Ducks finally ended the run in the College Football Playoff, who used Florida State’s turnovers to their advantage. Oregon defeated the Seminoles 59-20 and will play Ohio State in the national championship on Monday night.
Earlier today, quarterback Jameis Winston announced he would forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. Winston is projected to be selected either No. 1 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or No. 2 overall by the Tennessee Titans
Unfortunately for Florida State, he’s not the only junior departing for the NFL.
Florida State defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. and cornerback P.J. Williams also decided it was the best time to enter the NFL Draft. Both juniors were key pieces to the Seminoles run and are expected to be drafted in the first three rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Edwards finished his junior campaign with 44 tackles and three sacks. He dealt with injuries for most of the season. Although he never became a prolific pass rusher in Tallahassee, Edwards is one of the better run defenders on the edge.
Williams proved to be one one of the best cornerbacks in the country and was Florida State’s defensive MVP on their 2013 national championship team.
Junior defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and junior cornerback Ronald Darby are also expected to join their teammates in the draft. However, neither Goldman nor Darby have announced their decisions as of today.
With all of the early departures and the loss of their leader at quarterback, expect the 2015 Seminoles to be on a bit of a learning curve but they will be very talented as usual.
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