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June 9, 2014

Top 40 FSU players for 2014: No. 40-36

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.

Just missed: Ermon Lane, Derrick Nnadi, Ryan Green, Tre Marshall, Wilson Bell

No. 40 OT Chad Mavety Analysis
Nassau C.C.
Garden City, N.J.

Height: 6-6
Weight: 320
Year: Junior

Depth Chart Projection: No. 2 offensive tackle

2013 Stats: None

Rick Trickett loves his bruising, road-grading offensive linemen who are physical mammoths. Mavety, on paper, fits that bill. At a hulking 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, he's similar in frame to behemoth guard Josue Matias. Mavety was considered one of the top JUCO offensive linemen in the country in 2013, and was one of the earliest cornerstones of FSU's enormous offensive line haul this year. Mavety may get a chance to see the field sooner rather than later. Coaches have told him he might see time at both tackle spots, and while Cameron Erving is entrenched on the left side, Bobby Hart's hold on the right tackle spot is more tenuous. Hart has been benched before, and FSU isn't a stranger to starting a junior college OL right away, a la Menelik Watson.
Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - No. 30 /Brendan Sonnone - Unranked / Jeff Cameron - Unranked
No. 39 LB Ro'Derrick Hoskins Analysis
Orlando, Fla.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 215
Year: RS Freshman

Depth Chart Projection: No. 2 defensive end/LB

2013 Stats: None

Hoskins was one of the stars of spring practice, bursting onto the scene as a potential edge rusher and a Christian Jones-esque replacement at hybrid end in FSU's shifting scene. Hoskins has the size and speed to make an impact at the position, but it's still unclear where exactly he'll fit in. As spring practice progressed, it appeared as though Hoskins might be surpassed by one of the more highly touted players on FSU's roster: Chris Casher and Matthew Thomas both received reps at least as often as Hoskins in spring practice, and FSU has a plethora of uber-athletic linebackers coming in. Hoskins has made a good impression, but it's still not clear where he ends up on the depth chart.
Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - No. 36 /Brendan Sonnone - No. 32 / Jeff Cameron - Unranked
No. 38 QB Sean Maguire Analysis
Seton Hall Prep
Sparta, N.J.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 215
Year: RS Sophomore

Depth Chart Projection: No. 2 QB

2013 Stats: 13-21, 116 yards passing, 2 TDs, 120.69 passer rating

Maguire started the 2013 season as the third man in a two-man race for starting QB. Relegated to third-team duties behind Jameis Winston and Jacob Coker, Maquire was an afterthought - until Coker went down with injury and he was suddenly one play away from the starting QB. Speculation ran rampant around Maguire during Winston's sexual assault investigation - if Winston couldn't play, Maguire would have become the starter. Coaches have praised his strong arm and his grasp of the offense, but Maguire didn't see many meaningful minutes in 2013 and didn't blow coaches away during spring practice. It's still unclear if he'll win the backup job in fall camp once freshman J.J. Cosentino arrives.
Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - No. 28 /Brendan Sonnone - No. 40 / Jeff Cameron - Unranked
No. 37 DT Keith Bryant Analysis
Del Ray Beach, Fla.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 308
Year: RS Freshman

Depth Chart Projection: No. 2/3 DT

2013 Stats: None

Bryant is one of the most engaging personalities on FSU's roster and he's in a critical spot at defensive tackle. FSU has a cornucopia of unproven, talented options and Bryant is one of the ones who stood out during spring practice. He'll have his work cut out in the fall to solidify his spot in the rotation, but with FSU looking to replace Timmy Jernigan, Demonte McAlister and Jacobbi McDaniel on the defensive interior, there are roles aplenty to claim. Bryant's name is in the mix for more than one of them, and he figures to be a prominent backup at the minimum in 2014.
Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - No. 40 /Brendan Sonnone - No. 32 / Jeff Cameron - No. 34
No. 36 DT Demarcus Christmas Analysis
Bradenton, Fla.

Height: 6-3
Weight: 315
Year: Freshman

Depth Chart Projection: No. 2/3 DT

2013 Stats: None

It's hard to find a more firm commitment than Christmas, who verbally committed and then essentially shut his recruitment down for a year before he finally signing with FSU. Christmas was one of the main targets of FSU's recruiting haul in 2014, and the explosive defensive tackle could have been rated higher if he had gone to camps and all-star games. He declined, and now he's finally about to see the field for FSU. The coaching staff has been waiting for this day for quite a while, and with the Seminoles' uncertain situation at defensive tackle, there's a good opportunity for Christmas to work himself into a significant role in year one.
Voting Rundown: Gene Williams - No. 34 /Brendan Sonnone - No. 36 / Jeff Cameron - No. 35

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

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