A Look Ahead: 2015 Draft Prospects in Florida

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor

The 2014 NFL Draft may have just ended but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead to predict the bright futures of Florida college football players.

Here’s a look at the players in the state of Florida who could potentially be top draft picks in 2015.

  • Florida State DE Mario Edwards Jr.

As a senior in high school, Edwards was the No. 1 recruit in the country. He completed his sophomore season with the Seminoles and impressed against Auburn during the National Championship game.

Edwards has the body and the playing style to play defensive end professionally. He will be a junior during the 2014 season but it’s possible for him to go in the first round, should he declare for the draft.

  • Miami RB Duke Johnson

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Johnson lead the Hurricanes offense last season but he suffered a fractured ankle that cut his season short. He has healed and if he performs just as well this year, he will keep his draft stock high.

It’s likely that Johnson will skip out on his senior season. If he does, he will really have to show off in 2014 since the number of running backs taken in the draft keep dropping. Remember, no running backs were selected in the first round of the 2014 draft.

  • Florida State CB P.J. Williams

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Williams was the MVP of the National Championship game and he deserved it. He’s a threat as a cornerback and it would be foolish for any NFL team to pass on him.

He really proved himself this spring and according to ESPN, he will most likely compete with his teammate, Ronald Darby, in the draft.

  • Florida Gators DE/LB Dante Fowler Jr.

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It’s safe to say that Florida underclassmen will be a little weary of declaring early for the draft after seeing teammates go undrafted this year. But, Fowler is easily considered one of the best players on the Gators’ roster.

He led the team in tackles last season and he is already listed among the top prospects on many (way too early) 2015 mock drafts. He will need to work on staying consistent in 2014 if he wants to keep his name at the top.

  • Florida State QB Jameis Winston

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Winston led his Seminoles to the National Championship title but not without some hiccups along the way. Scouts predict that with every misbehavior and social mistake made by the Heisman Trophy winner, his draft stock drops. Whether this is true or not, no one can deny his talent.

He’s most definitely a first-round pick, which means all eyes will be on him and the Seminoles in 2014. He will need to mature a bit before he can succeed in the league, but he is the early favorite for the No. 1 pick in 2015, per ESPN.

Other top players predicted to be selected in the first round include Miami’s Denzel Perryman, Florida State’s Tre Jackson, Cameron Erving, and Nick O’Leary.

For more on this story visit: Jared Shanker, ESPN.com and Brent Sobleski, Detroit Free Press

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