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Second Seminole leaving FSU for draft

Xavier Rhodes AP

Back in late November, defensive tackle Brandon Jenkins announced he would forego an attempt at a medical redshirt and instead make himself available for the April NFL draft.  As expected, Jenkins wasn’t the lone loss from the Seminoles’ standout defense.

Following FSU’s Orange Bowl win over Northern Illinois, cornerback Xavier Rhodes announced that he too will leave eligibility on the table for a shot at the upcoming NFL draft.

I’m excited,” Rhodes said of his decision by way of the Tallahassee Democrat. “After last year I was thinking about it. And then I stayed healthy this season. I wanted to basically focus on this season and not really worry about it (the NFL). I wanted to get my team here. That’s what I did.”

After a season that saw him tied for the team lead in interceptions with three and lead the ‘Noles in passes defensed, the redshirt junior was named first-team All-ACC.  Rhodes, a three-star member of FSU’s 2009 recruiting class, started 37 games during his career in Tallahassee.

Unfortunately for the ‘Noles, Rhodes and Jenkins might not be the only early defensive losses.

Three other players from that side of the ball, including All-American Bjoern Werner, are considering leaving early.  Werner in particular is considered both a lock to leave and to be selected in the top 10 of the draft; the standout defensive lineman said after the Orange Bowl that he has made a decision but will wait to officially reveal it so as not to detract from the win.

An official announcement could come as early as today.

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7 Responses to “Second Seminole leaving FSU for draft”
  1. wabbitslayer says: Jan 2, 2013 10:40 AM

    Immediately following that Orange Bowl game is NOT an ideal time for anybody at FSU to be calling attention to themselves.

    Peeee-eeew. That game stunk so bad I thought Samsung had invented smell-o-vision.

  2. chachooga says: Jan 2, 2013 1:23 PM

    Xavier Rhodes, Bjorn, Jenkins, even Carradine all potental 1st round picks.

    FSU has accumulated awesome talent under J. Fisher.

    L. Joyner and M. Watson are studs too, but IMO would benefit from another year.

  3. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 2, 2013 1:52 PM

    Werner is a stud but ever since people started telling him I feel like I’ve heard his name less and less. Rhodes is going to kick some butt in the nfl

  4. urfinished says: Jan 2, 2013 3:12 PM

    How come the team is so horrible with all these draft picks?

  5. grudenthediva says: Jan 2, 2013 5:03 PM

    12-2 is horrible? Disappointing, perhaps, but horrible? Get your head out of your ass.

    “Werner is a stud but ever since people started telling him I feel like I’ve heard his name less and less”

    Yeah, you’ve been watching someone else then, because he’s been dominant every single game. He was one of the few defensive players to show up during the Florida game and had three sacks. Again, pay attention before you spout off.

  6. freemantowilliams says: Jan 2, 2013 8:21 PM

    Bjoern Werner = Angry Grizzly Bear

  7. christopher525 says: Jan 2, 2013 11:04 PM

    @grudenthediva, I think his stance on Werner was less that he hasn’t played well and more that Rhodes is getting all the attention. At least, I hope that’s what he meant.

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