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July 3, 2014

Warchant.com Top 40 players for 2014: 1-5

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Top 40: 36-40 | Top 40: 31-35 | Top 40: No. 26-30 | Top 40: No. 21-25 | Top 40: No. 16-20 | Top 40: No. 11-15 | Top 40: 6-10

Voting Criteria: Player's importance to the team in 2014, talent and potential for the upcoming season. A player's long term/NFL potential was not taken into consideration.

Voting Panel: Warchant.com Publisher Gene Williams, Orlando Sentinel Beat Writer Brendan Sonnone and ESPN Radio Tallahassee host Jeff Cameron.

No. 5 OT Cameron Erving Analysis
Colquitt County HS
Moultrie, Ga.

Height: 6-6
Weight: 302
Year: Redshirt Senior

Depth Chart Projection: No. 1 LT

2013 Stats: 14 starts

Recent Update:
Erving Had NFL on His Mind All Year

Had he entered the NFL Draft, Erving likely would have been a second round pick and ended up starting for a team this fall. But the converted defensive tackle, who has played offense for just two years, decided to return and try to play his way into the first round. He has the frame and the athleticism, as evidenced by his performance against Clemson last year when he held Vic Beasley without a sack. But he'll have to be more consistent in his final year for FSU. Expect him to be a preseason All-America candidate. He'll receive more attention and scrutiny than any of Florida State's three other returning offensive linemen.
Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - No. 4 / Brendan Sonnone - No. 8 / Jeff Cameron - No. 5

No. 4DB Jalen Ramsey Analysis
Brentwood Academy
Smyrna, Tenn.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 198
Year: Sophomore

Depth Chart Projection: No. 1 S

2013 Stats: 49 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 pass breakup, 1 FF, 1 FR

Recent Update:
Ramsey's Move to Nickel Frees Up Playmaker

It was clear immediately that Ramsey was a special player. He started all 14 games, becoming the first Seminole to start his first game at defensive back since Deion Sanders did it. He had an interception in that first game and contributed as a starter at corner and at safety. He'll start 2014 at nickel, moving him closer to the line of scrimmage where he can use his body and athleticism to make plays against the run and the pass. Ramsey is mature, motivated, and a vocal leader on the defense already. The secondary has no shortage of ability, but Ramsey might have be the talented of the bunch.
Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - No. 5 / Brendan Sonnone - No. 4 / Jeff Cameron - No. 3

No. 3 WR Rashad Greene Analysis
St. Thomas Aquinas HS
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Height: 6-0
Weight: 178
Year: Senior

Depth Chart Projection: No. 1 WR

2013 Stats: 76 receptions, 1,128 yards, 9 TDs

Recent Update:
First Team Defense Shines in Garnet & Gold Game

Greene has been Florida State's leading receiver in each of his first three years with the program and barring a major surprise or injury, he'll be the No. 1 target again this year. He could have gone to the NFL after his junior year, but he instead enters his senior year with a chance to break all of FSU's career receiving records. He and Jameis Winston have great rapport, and he'll have to be accounted for on every play. The only question is whether the Seminoles will find enough complimentary options to take coverage off of Greene, as Kenny Shaw and Kelvin Benjamin were able to do last year. Regardless, he's an All-American candidate and FSU's most proven playmaker.
Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - No. 3 / Brendan Sonnone - No. 3 / Jeff Cameron - No. 4
No. 2 DE Mario Edwards Jr. Analysis
Ryan HS
Gautier, Miss.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 294
Year: Junior

Depth Chart Projection: No. 1 DE

2013 Stats: 28 tackles, 9.5 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 pass breakup, 1 FF, 2 FR

Recent Update:
FSU Lackluster in First Scrimmage

Much has been made about trying to replace defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, who was a stick of dynamite in the middle of the defense in 2013. Edwards doesn't play Jernigan's position of defensive tackle, but he might be the most likely to fill a similar role and create chaos up front. The former five-star prospect has more physical tools than any other defensive lineman for the Seminoles and has the chance to be special. In particular, he could end up as the elite pass rusher FSU lacked last year. Generating consistent pressure on quarterbacks without blitzing will force throws into a ferocious secondary.
Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - No. 2 / Brendan Sonnone - No. 2 / Jeff Cameron - No. 2

No. 1 QB Jameis Winston Analysis
Hueytown HS
Bessemer, Ala.

Height: 6-4
Weight: 235
Year: Redshirt Sophomore

Depth Chart Projection: No. 1 QB

2013 Stats: 257-384 passing (66.9 percent), 4,057 yards, 40 TDs, 10 INTs, 88 carries, 219 yards, 4 TDs

Recent Update:
Winston Sees His Role Change in 2014

Putting Winston at the top of the list was an easy choice for our panel. The only question is whether there's a player in all of college football who would rank above him. The reigning Heisman winner broke records and led the Seminoles to a national championship as a freshman. The offense loses plenty of playmakers, but Winston's presence makes FSU the favorite to repeat. After a tumultuous offseason, Winston will have to remain focused. Expecting him to repeat or build upon his freshman statistics might be too much, but that doesn't mean he might not be an improved player for his sophomore year.
Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - No. 1 / Brendan Sonnone - No. 1 / Jeff Cameron - No. 1

The Warchant.com Top 40
40. Chad Mavety
39. Ro'Derrick Hoskins
38. Sean Maguire
37. Keith Bryant
36. Demarcus Christmas

35. Travis Rudolph
34. Kareem Are
33. Dalvin Cook
32. Kevin Haplea
31. Jarred Haggins

30. Isaiah Jones
29. DeMarcus Walker
28. Desmond Hollin
27. Freddie Stevenson
26. Mario Pender

25. Kermit Whitfield
t-23. Jesus Wilson
t-23. Reggie Northrup
22. Bobby Hart
21. Matthew Thomas

20. Chris Casher
19. Austin Barron
18. Nate Andrews
t-16. Ukeme Eligwe
t-16. Tyler Hunter

15. Nile Lawrence-Stample
14. Roberto Aguayo
t-12. Nick O'Leary
t-12. Karlos Williams
11. Josue Matias

10. Terrance Smith
9. Tre' Jackson
8. P.J. Williams
7. Ronald Darby
6. Eddie Goldman

5. Cameron Erving
4. Jalen Ramsey
3. Rashad Greene
2. Mario Edwards
1. Jameis Winston

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