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Who might be FSU's next top picks?

7/9/2013

On the heels of NoleNation's all-time draft, we'll take a look a little further down the road.

Of course, it is far too early to project a prospect that hasn't even stepped foot on campus to one of the all-time greats at a school that's had a lot of them.

So, for a moment, let's look at three different commitments and targets and see how they might compare.

Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) four-star prospect, No. 85 overall

Daub is an elite inside linebacker prospect.

He's huge. 6-foot-4, 243 pounds, and he can run. Like ESPN's scouting report suggests, he looks the part of a college linebacker right now.

Daub is physical and loves to hit. It's hard to play in the middle without a characteristic like that and a little mean streak.

The four-star prospect isn't a guy that Florida State wants matched up against a running back or tight end on third downs, but he could definitely be a force on a blitz.

The Seminoles’ history of linebackers is long and deep, but most of them are on the outside. Guys like Derrick Brooks and Marvin Jones come to mind.

Even though Sam Cowart played his fair share of outside linebacker at Florida State (Daryl Bush manned the middle at some points during his career), he moved inside in the NFL. Cowart was big, nasty and tough and some comparisons can be drawn between him and Daub, though Daub is a little taller than Cowart was.

Cowart was selected by the Buffalo Bills No. 39 overall and played through 2005.

Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) four-star prospect, No. 107 overall

At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Pugh has a tremendous frame that will give him Florida State’s coaches a multitude of options on how to use him.

He has plenty of explosiveness that could disrupt a lot of offenses at the next level. And he won't have any problem playing from sideline to sideline.

A big question with Pugh could be answered by what kind of defense new coordinator Jeremy Pruitt elects to play. If it's a 3-4, Pugh fits the mold perfectly as a rush linebacker.

For a comparison, a guy like Peter Boulware, one of the Seminoles top sack artists in history, could be one to look at. Both players are 6-foot-4 and both are a major problem for blockers on the perimeter.

And, of course, it's not out of the question that Pugh could put his hand in the dirt at some point during his time at Florida State if he continues to grow or if the staff feels he might be better there.

Boulware was selected by the Baltimore Ravens No. 4 overall in the 1997 draft and played through 2005.

Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) four-star prospect, No. 18 overall

Offensive linemen, as most recruiting experts will tell you, are usually the absolute toughest to evaluate and forecast.

Damian Prince, though, looks like he's headed in the right direction, anyway, at his offensive tackle spot. A high four-star prospect and ranked in the ESPN 300, scouts love his size at 6-foot-5, 286 pounds.

And Prince has the frame to add more size.

Just like all high school offensive linemen, he needs to develop at the next level. If he does, he could be one of the top tackles in the country.

Prince has a long way to go but has similar size to former FSU All-American and All-Pro Walter Jones. Both players check in at the 6-foot-5 mark and Prince could easily swell to 325 after going through a major college football nutrition program.

Jones was selected by the Seattle Seahawks No. 6 overall in the 1997 draft and ended his career in 2009.