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Monday, April 29, 2013
Looking back at the 2013 draft class

By Corey Dowlar

Florida State registered a nation-leading 11 NFL draft picks over the extended weekend. NoleNation takes a look back at how they were scouted coming out of high school.

QB EJ Manuel
Selected by: Buffalo Bills, No. 16 overall
EJ Manuel
EJ Manuel, the first quarterback picked in the 2013 NFL draft, came to Florida State as one the top signal-callers in his class.
What people thought of him: Out of Virginia Beach's Bayside High School, a recent hotbed for quarterbacks, Manuel was considered one of the top quarterbacks in the country by most analysts. ESPN ranked him as the No. 51 prospect in the entire country with a Scout Grade of 82. He was the sixth-best quarterback in the Class of 2008.
Chose Florida State over: Alabama, LSU, North Carolina, Oregon, Penn State and Tennessee.

DE Bjoern Werner
Selected by: Indianapolis Colts, No. 24 overall
What people thought of him: Werner wasn't the player people thought he was coming out of high school -- he was much better than that. Ranked by some as a three- or four-star prospect, he became three-year standout on the Seminoles defense and one of the best defensive ends in the country. ESPN Ranked Werner as a four-star prospect with a Scout Grade of 79.
Chose Florida State over: Oregon, Cal, Rutgers and N.C. State.

CB Xavier Rhodes
Selected by: Minnesota Vikings, No. 25 overall
What people thought of him: Rhodes was ranked as a wide receiver by most, if not all, recruiting services out of high school. After he camped at Florida State, Jimbo Fisher saw him as a cornerback with length and the potential to be dominant. So did the NFL.
Chose Florida State over: Auburn, FIU and West Virginia.

DE Cornelius Carradine
Selected by: San Francisco 49ers, No. 40 overall
What people thought of him: As one of the top junior college prospects out of Butler Community College, Carradine received a ton of attention on the recruiting trail. He lived up to it, too. Carradine played often during his two years and started his senior year in the absence of Brandon Jenkins.
Chose Florida State over: Alabama, Georgia, USF and Tennessee.

OT Menelik Watson
Selected by: Oakland Raiders, No. 42 overall
What people thought of him: Watson emerged on the recruiting scene when people saw fellow draftee Kyle Long in person at practice. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound tackle opposite him was pretty good, too. From England, Watson didn't play football for more than a couple years but took to it quickly.
Chose Florida State over: Auburn, Rutgers and San Diego State.

RB Chris Thompson
Selected by: Washington Redskins, No. 154 overall
What people thought of him: One of the quicker backs in the Class of 2009, Thompson was highly regarded out of Madison County. Although small in stature, he packed a punch between the tackles that couldn't always be predicted.
Chose Florida State over: Clemson and Miami.

DE Brandon Jenkins
Selected by: Washington Redskins, No. 162 overall
What people thought of him: Ranked as the No. 18 defensive end in the country by ESPN, Jenkins was considered a four-star prospect by most in the recruiting world. He developed right under the nose of Florida State at Tallahassee's Florida High School.
Chose Florida State over: Miami, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Tennessee and UCF.

K Dustin Hopkins
Selected by: Buffalo Bills, No. 177 overall
What people thought of him: The consensus top kicking prospect out of high school, Hopkins was a major get for the Seminoles. Known for a powerful leg, and above average athleticism. Having played on defense for his high school, Hopkins wasn't a typical kicker.
Chose Florida State over: Baylor, Kansas State, Missouri and Notre Dame.

LB Nick Moody
Selected by: San Francisco 49ers, No. 180 overall
What people thought of him: A hard-hitting safety prospect out of Pennsylvania, Moody was to fit the mold of hard-hitting defensive backs from FSU's past. He always did have the frame to gain more weight and mass, and would eventually moved down into the box as a linebacker. He was ranked as the No. 46 outside linebacker prospect by ESPN.
Chose Florida State over: Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Penn State and Temple.

LB Vince Williams
Selected by: Pittsburgh Steelers, No. 206 overall
What people thought of him: A stocky prospect out of high school, Williams was thought to be an inside run stuffer of the future. He would go on to serve that role well at Florida State, though his career was injury riddled.
Chose Florida State over: Alabama, Arizona State, Florida, LSU and USF.

DL Everett Dawkins
Selected by: Minnesota Vikings, No. 229 overall
What people thought of him: As the No. 20 defensive end in the country according to ESPN, Dawkins was firmly on the radar as a recruit. The question always was where he would end up in college, end or tackle. But he featured inside during the majority of his career.
Chose Florida State over: Illinois, Michigan State, N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.