FSU is in serious need of playmakers

The outlook at the skill positions is a little bleak for the Seminoles entering the 2015 season, writes John Breitenbach.

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(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

FSU is in serious need of playmakers


Florida State is facing the significant task of replacing No. 1 overall draft pick Jameis Winston, with former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson the front-runner to take over the starting job.

But the Seminoles may have an even more difficult time finding playmakers to step up at the skill positions. Reliable targets Rashad Greene and Nick O’Leary (who dropped just one pass of 49 catchable throws last season) are gone, and the players in position to earn more playing time posted some disappointing results last season.

Travis Rudolph, Jesus Wilson and Ermon Lane all received negative grades for their work as receivers in 2014. Wilson failed to force a single missed tackle and had six drops. Rudolph (-1.4 receiving) appears the best bet to step into the role of No. WR for the Noles, as he demonstrated some playmaking ability with four touchdowns, but he also had an issue with drops (five out of 42 catchable passes).

No matter how good Golson is this season (he enters the season ranked No. 7 among returning QBs in our CFF rating system), the FSU offense is going to need some playmakers to emerge in order to claim another ACC title.

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John joined the PFF team in 2008, providing focused analysis on the NFL draft, team-building strategies, and positional value.

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