December 9, 2011

Draft eliglible 'Noles wait for NFL feedback

On Tuesday Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said he encourages all draft-eligible underclassmen to file NFL draft evaluation papers to see where they stand.

Among those that filed paper work were redshirt sophomore cornerback Xavier Rhodes and junior defensive end Brandon Jenkins.

Both players said they haven't even began to think about whether they'll declare early for the draft or return to FSU for another season, but they just wanted to see where they stood in the eyes of NFL draft evaluators.

"Its something exciting to get feedback from," Rhodes said. "You want to basically know where you're at, at the moment. You just want to know what you've worked hard for is paying off. Are you being looked at? The mistakes you've been making can you correct it and stuff like that."

Jenkins echoed Rhodes's sentiment that he was just looking to see how he was viewed by NFL front offices.

"Just seeing how people feel about me," Jenkins said. "It doesn't base anything off my decision or nothing, I just wanted to see where I was at."

Junior cornerback Greg Ried said he hasn't filled the paper work yet, but plans to just to see where he stands. Unlike Rhodes and Jenkins who said they haven't even thought about what their decision will be, Reid said he has every intention of returning for his senior season.

"I want to come back for my senior year," he said. "That's what I'm looking forward to. I still haven't accomplished a lot of things I want to accomplish."

The thought of all three staying in Tallahassee together another season is something that has Seminole fans excited for the potential of the 2012 FSU defense. Reid said the players have thought about it as well, but know they have to do what's best for themselves and their families.

"Of course we know that," Reid said of the talent that could return next season. "A lot of us are thinking about it, but thinking about our future too. We know what we're risking and we know what we want to do."

Because of what he could be risking Jenkins plans to take all the time he needs to make his decision once the season ends. He plans to take all the information he has available and discuss it for as long as he needs with his family and the FSU coaching staff.

"My whole family they're behind me, but like I said it's going to be a lot to think about," he said. "I'm the biggest Florida State fan there is so I can't base my decision off a couple things. It's going to be a hard decision."

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