Florida St. QB E. J. Manuel's technique is unorthodox, to say the least.
I've got the Florida St. prospect breakdown over at MTD today, so let's talk Seminole football for a sec (and yes, we're just going to skip over Duke's offerings because that's what the NFL is going to do).
As you can tell, they've got some notable guys coming up in the next couple years; the 2013 NFL Draft is no exception, though that's largely limited to the defensive side of the ball.
On the line, there's Bjoern Werner, who I identified as one of my potential big risers of 2012 along with FSU CB Greg Reid. He's going to get the Chris Long comps for two reasons: his white and it's a legitimate comparison. High motor (again, code word for white though this comes with a layer of truth), strong base, not the quickest/fastest guy all fair comp aspects.
The key difference is that Long's technique as a college prospect coming out of Virginia was near elite; you kind of expect that from the son of a HOF DE, no? Werner, on the other hand, had only played two years of HS football before signing with the Seminoles. If he makes a leap in run defense, he could end up a top 15 talent.
On the other side is Brandon Jenkins, who I personally think is better suited as a 3-4 OLB. A ferocious edge rusher, he's got top 15 potential as well for 3-4 teams (Baltimore as Suggs insurance, anybody?).
In the secondary, Xavier Rhodes is the star. Elite CB size with plus movement skills, Rhodes wasn't thrown at much last year. I expect that to change, assuming the rest of the secondary has improved. That includes CB Greg Reid, who saw success as a return man last year. Reid's a smaller corner, but can be very effective in zone spaces (see the 2011 Florida game).
Have you noticed anyone on Florida State from last season that piqued your interest? What games are you looking forward to this year? Had you never heard of Florida State University? Your responses are requested.