With Florida State’s pro day in the books Tuesday, many think Jameis Winston has wrapped up the #1 pick and will be a Tampa Bay Buccaneer come draft night. That’s not all that was on display in Tallahassee, as several other former Seminoles put on a show and just may be able to help the locals. Here’s five FSU players who could be a fit for the Falcons and what round they’re likely to be an option in:
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1) Cornerback PJ Williams
This six foot corner’s best trait is his open field tackling and tenacity in the run game. Can be a shutdown corner in the league if he takes the next step transforming his natural skills and ability into significant production. Was All-ACC last year despite quarterbacks avoiding him at all costs. Could be a fit in round two.
2) Guard/Center Cameron Erving
The Falcons wound up a mess on the offensive line at the end of last year and have an open spot at guard with the departure of Justin Blalock. Erving, who some have hailed as a Pro Bowl center in waiting, has the flexibility to shift to guard and can fit the zone blocking scheme that new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will implement. COuld also fit in round two.
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3) Cornerback Ronald Darby
Another cornerback? We know new coach Dan Quinn had his Legion of Boom in Seattle and will try and add another stud early to pair with Desmond Trufant. Darby may not be six foot but his background as a track star and ridiculous test numbers at the combine have him vaulting up draft boards in recent weeks. After a strong showing Tuesday at his Pro Day, he has cemented himself as a top 75 selection and could be there when the locals pick in round three.
4) Tight End Nick O’Leary
Arguably a top five tight end in this draft according to several ranking lists, the athletic pass catcher finished second on the team in catches, yards and touchdowns. The Falcons have lacked a pass catching tight end since Tony Gonzalez decided to hang them up, so O’Leary in round four or five makes sense as a nice mid round selection to add another weapon for Matt Ryan.
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Another Seminoles running back you say? I say, why not? Devonta Freeman will now be given more of an opportunity after Steven Jackson’s departure, and pairing him with Williams could give the Falcons a 1-2 punch they haven’t had in quite sometime. With Jacquizz Rodgers visiting the Bears as reported Tuesday, the Falcons are in need of at least one back in the draft and maybe two. Williams fits in the middle to late rounds as a guy who comes out of a pro system at FSU, just as Freeman did.