Aiyuk was tabbed a Pac-12 All-Conference first team choice at receiver in one of the elite conferences in the nation at the position. He was additionally selected as a Pac 12 all-first team choice return specialist.
As a receiver, Aiyuk recorded 1,192 yards this season, the fifth-most in ASU single season history. He is within 18 of fourth place on that list and 56 yards of third.
At 1,870 all-purpose yards this season, he is fourth in ASU history and within 195 yards of Wilford White’s long-standing school record of 2,065 set back in 1950.
*Junior RB Eno Benjamin (5-10/201)
For Eno Benjamin, it was the second-consecutive season in which he has earned Pac-12 All-Conference first team honors. For the second consecutive season, Benjamin was a key part of the Sun Devil offense and takes home the Wilford White Outstanding Running Back Award.
He has 2,867 rushing yards in his career and now sits in seventh-place on the school’s all-time rushing list. His 576 rushing attempts are the sixth-most in school history.
Senior OC Cohl Cabral (6-5/291)
Cohl has started all 38 games of his career consecutively, starting every game from the beginning of his sophomore season. He showed his versatility and selflessness by briefly moving to left tackle, before finishing the year as one of the top centers in the conference. Credited with just one sack allowed this season, tied for 29th among FBS centers and second in the Pac-12.
**Sophomore P Michael Turk (6-1/220)
A semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, Michael Turk’s 46.0 yards per punt average on 59 punts was 11th in the FBS and led the Pac-12. He pinned 32 of those 59 punts inside the opponent 20-yard line (54.2 percent), a total that was second in the nation.
rSenior LB Khaylan Kearse-Thomas (6-1/230)
Kearse-Thomas enjoyed a breakout senior season, wreaking havoc in opposing backfields. He led the team in tackles-for-loss with 11 – the most among non-edge rushing linebackers in the Pac-12 – and finished with 57 total tackles.
Coach: Mike Norvell
FSU Players to watch:
**Sophomore WR Tamorrion Terry (6-4/203)
Terry has 51 receptions for 1,023 yards and eight touchdowns, posting the 13th 1,000-yard receiving season in school history and the first since 2014. His yards total is tied for second in the ACC, while his average of 20.06 yards per reception ranks third. The redshirt sophomore from Ashburn, Georgia, who is averaging an NCAA-best 53.75 yards per touchdown reception in 2019, has five receptions of at least 60 yards, which is the second-highest total in the NCAA since at least 2010.
*Junior RB Cam Akers (5-11/212)
Akers has gained 1,144 yards with 14 touchdowns on the ground, caught 30 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns and completed 4-of-6 passes for 50 yards. His 18 total touchdowns are tied for the fourth-highest single-season total in program history, while his rushing yards total ranks sixth on FSU’s single-season list and his rushing touchdowns are tied for seventh. The junior from Clinton, Mississippi, leads the ACC with an average of 10.0 points scored per game and 18 touchdowns scored.
**Sophomore CB Asante Samuel Jr. (5-10/178)
Samuel has 47 tackles, 1.0 for loss, one interception and 12 pass breakups in 11 games this season. He is tied for the ACC lead and for 15th in the NCAA in pass breakups and is the only player in the conference with 12 pass breakups and more than 40 tackles.
*Junior DT Marvin Wilson (6-5/314)
Wilson started the first nine games before a season-ending injury and recorded 44 tackles, including 8.5 for loss with a team-high 5.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four pass breakups and two quarterback hurries. At the time of his injury, his tackles total led all ACC defensive linemen.
*Junior S Hamsah Nasirildeen (6-4/215)
Nasirildeen has recorded 101 tackles, including 2.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, three pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry. He’s the fourth Seminole since 2000 with 100 tackles in a season and leads the team in tackles for the second straight year. His three forced fumbles are tied for second in the ACC and for 13th in the NCAA, and his average of 8.4 tackles per game is sixth in the conference.
It was thought Nasirildeen might declare early, but with a leg injury he suffered in the loss to Florida in the regular season finale, there’s no way to know how that could impact his potential draft status for 2020.
A blue chip recruit from St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia. Swift rushed for 1,218 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He’s an everydown back with a nice blend of power and speed. He also has 73 career receptions to his credit.
2. Jonathan Taylor*, Wisconsin, 5-10/226
Taylor ran for over 6,000 yards in three seasons. No running back in this draft class is better at hitching himself to an offensive lineman’s hip and sliding through the crease. Taylor scored 50 touchdowns in 41 career games. The knock on him is his 18 fumbles – that’s about one every other game. That’s the only thing keeps him from being the top running back in this class.
Taylor helped himself by running a 4.39 at 226 lbs.
3. J.K. Dobbins*, Ohio State, 5-10/208
Dobbins rushed for an Ohio State-record 2,003 yards this season, including 174 yards against Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal loss to Clemson. Dobbins was at his best down the stretch as he keyed OSU wins against Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Combine: Dobbins only lifted. Waiting for his Pro-Day – which didn’t happen.
4. A.J. Dillon*, Boston College, 6-0/247
I like A.J. Dillon more than other mock drafters. He seems like a Leonard Fournette / Derrick Henry type of runner. He’s going to fit well with a team that likes to run the ball. I’m not as concerned as others about his receiving skills. I always say, “If Ricky Watters could learn to catch the ball…”
Dillon has 38 touchdowns in 35 career games. He’s a old-school north-south runner. Not a typical bruiser, running people over, Dillon is looking to take it to the house on every play. He played I-back in a two tightend set, so his success was somewhat scheme specific. For a big back, he has the ability to get skinny when he needs to squeeze through a crease.
Dillon increased his stock by running a 4.53 at 247 lbs. He also had the best Vertical (41) and best Broad Jump (131) among the running backs.
5. Cam Akers*, Florida State, 5-10/217
Akers has been the best player the last couple of years on a struggling FSU team. He is a long-strider than glides in open space. He’s got soft hands and can be a threat in the passing game. Sixty-nine career receptions, physical build looks more like a wide out.
Combine: Akers looked sharp, quick, and feet of foot.
6. Antonio Gibson, Memphis, 6-0/228
I like this guy more-and-more the closer we get to draft day. Some have Gibon listed as a WR, some at RB. He is so versatile, he can do it all. His 4.39 at 228 lbs is going to make him a very attractive to any team that wants to open up the field.
7. Zack Moss, Utah, 5-9/223
Moss broke six school records in 2019: including career rushing yards, 4,167; career 100-yard rushing games, 18; and career rushing touchdowns, 38. He’s a big physical back that can pound the rock. He’s good in pass protection which will help his stock.
Combine: Moss hurt his stock by clocking 4.7 on his first run and then only hitting 4.65 on his second run.
8. Clyde Edwards-Helaire*, LSU, 5-7/207
I’m not as sold on Edwards-Helaire as some others. I wasn’t as high on Josh Jacobs, last year, as Daniel Jeremiah was.
Edwards-Helaire has a breakout senior season with 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns. Possesses a low center of gravity, quickness, and good balance. Has 40 kick returns in his career for 877 yards. Also has 69 career receptions. Is he big enough to be an every down back, that is the question.
Combine: Edwards-Helaire ran a modest 4.61, but his did post a 39.5 Vertical.
9. Darrynton Evans*, Appalachian State, 5-10/203
Evans looked very good at the Combine. He ran a 4.42 and posted a 125 Broad Jump.
10. Anthony McFarland*, Maryland, 5-8/208
A bit of a surprise that McFarland declared after only two seasons in College Park. He’s been plagued by injuries, and that might have played into his decision to come out early. Instant acceleration and long speed are trademarks of his game.
Combine: McFarland’s game and reputation have been build around speed. He ran a decent, but not outstanding, 4.4. He tested at the bottom of his RB class in the Vertical and near the bottom in the Broad Jump.
11. James Robinson, Illinois State, 5-9/219
Big and strong between the tackles with enough long speed to take it to the house. Robinson really helped his cause with a phenomenal East-West outing. He had a 63-yard run for a touchdown and a 46-yard reception. He showed he can play with the big boys. One concern, he has 12 career fumbles in 46 games: five this year.
Combine: The negative, Robinson ran a 4.64. The positive, he had the top Vertical in his RB class (40), and tested near the top in the Bench Presss (24), Broad Jump (125), 3-Cone drill (7.03), and 20-Yard Shuttle (4.19).
12. Eno Benjamin*, Arizona State, 5-8/207
Benjamin had a decent week at the Combine. He had the best 3-Cone Shuttle in his RB class, clocking in at 6.97. His forty was clocked at 4.57.
13. Javon Leake*, Maryland, 6-0/215
Some people have Leake going ahead of teammate Anthony McFarland. Leake’s 4.64 forty didn’t help him any. He did post a 125 Broad Jump. We’ll check back on him after Maryland’s Pro-Day.
14. DeeJay Dallas*, Miami, 5-10/217
Sleeper prospect. Excellent athleticism with natural balance, strength to break arm tackles and speed to take it to the house. Potential is the key word with Dallas as he didn’t have a outstanding career at Miami: looks to be a better pro prospect.
Combine: Dallas didn’t test especially well, turning in marks in lower half of his RB class with a the Broad Jump of 119 and a 3-Cone of 7.18.
15. KeShawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt, 5-9/214
Vaughn hung 130 yards on LSU earlier this year. Spent his first two years at Illinois, but really came on once he transferred to Vanderbilt. Good at creating yards after contact. Rushed for over 2,000 at Vandy with 21 touchdowns. Has 66 career receptions.
Senior Bowl: Vaughn did not play in the Senior Bowl because of an undisclosed injury. He was available to meet with teams though.
Combine: Vaughn ran a decent 4.52, but did not flash.
16. JaMycal Hasty, Baylor, 5-8/205
Hasty had his moments in the Senior Bowl. At the Combine, it was more of the same. He flashed in the 20-Yard Shuttle, recording the best score in his RB class (4.03). His forty time was 4.55.
17. Rico Dowdle, So. Carolina, 5-11/213
Like Hasty, Dowdle had a pretty good Senior Bowl, followed by a pretty good showing at the Combine. Dowdle ran a 4.54 and posted a 125 Broad Jump.
18. Joshua Kelley, UCLA, 5-10/212
Has put up back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons and scored 24 rushing touchdowns in that time. He has “value add” with 45 career kick returns for 1,133 yards.
Senior Bowl: Kelley made plays all week long and really improved his draft stock. He was able to run outside and up the middle with equal success during the game. His stock is on the rise.
Much like Hasty and Dowdle, Kelley has been working to improve his stock. His 6.95 3-Cone was best in his RB Class. He has 23 reps on the Bench Press and ran a 4.5.
19. LaVonte Bellamy, Western Michigan, 5-8/192
Bellamy definitely helped himself by weighing in at 192, almost 20 lbs heavier than expected. And with the extra weight he still ran a 4.5. The question will be can he keep the weight on during the course of a 17-week season?
20. Raymond Calais, Louisiana, 5-7/188
Calais stays at number twenty in the ranking. He ran a 4.42 which will be enough to entice teams to take him as a receiving back or special teams star.