By: Fletcher Keel, Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
April 2, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Ahead of Saturday's Garnet and Gold game, WCTV Sports Director Kevin Keane and Web Producer Fletcher Keel mocked draft their own FSU teams, just like the Seminoles did for the spring classic.
Fletcher and Kevin did only a five-round draft and the first pick was decided by a coin toss, which Kevin won.
Here's how the teams shook out:
James Blackman is essentially Willie Taggart's only option this year as far as quarterbacks go, but he's a great option; he carried the team on his back two seasons ago to keep the bowl streak alive and showed up in a spot start this past year against NC State, garnering an ACC weekly honor.
He also plays confidently in Taggart's Gulf Coast Offense, has a strong arm and is a great decision maker in the pocket.
Terry is maybe the most lethal weapon Blackman has to utilize, so why not put them together. Terry accounted for eight scores and over 700 receiving yards last year. He's tall, physical and has great hands.
The duo of Lars-Woodbey and Wilson is to bolster all sides of the defense; the former can make tackles in space and is already a key figure in the FSU defense after his true freshman season. The latter is a big ol' plug in the middle of the FSU defensive line.
Laborn is a bit of a wild card - he had his 2018 cut short due to a knee injury but when he was healthy, he flashed how great he could be. If he's healthy in 2019, he may be the most underrated offensive option FSU has.
Fletcher's team is a bit of a mix of strategies. With his first two picks, he went with size; Akers is 5'11" but weighs in at 211 pounds while McKitty clocks in at 6'5", 245 pounds and was security blanket at times for Deondre Francois in 2018. His first pick, Akers, also off-sets FSU's lack of depth at quarterback - after Kevin took Blackman number one overall, Fletcher went with Akers to utilize as an all-time Wildcat QB (plus, Akers was a talented QB out of high school).
Nasirildeen is to sure up a strong defensive core, after he led the team in tackles in 2018.
His last two picks, of local product Gainer and Matthews, are more of a "spring game trial" approach. Gainer, who redshirted last year, get's the nod because Fletcher wants to see if he's ready to step into a larger role this year.
Matthews is to add a third and final offensive piece to this five-man squad. While he isn't quite Tamorrion Terry, he's still speedy and shifty enough to make plays when need be.
For a deeper dive into the full strategy and selection process for both Kevin and Fletcher, you can check out their full draft in its entirety at the top of this story.