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Sources Tell Us: Exec says FSU OT 'exposed' by Ole Miss

Print analyst Lance Zierlein is constantly talking to NFL and college sources about players in the college game. In this space each week, Zierlein will share some of what NFL folks are discussing in their circles.

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The scoop: "I thought the left tackle from Florida State got exposed by Ole Miss. I guess he carries a pretty good grade in some circles but he has a long way to go." -- NFC personnel executive on Florida State left tackle Roderick Johnson

The skinny: I agree with the executive's take. Johnson, a junior, has the size and length that will get him plenty of attention from scouts, but his technique needs much more work. While he has the wingspan and foot quickness to handle edge speed, his waist-bending and lunging opens up holes that skilled pass rushers can take advantage of. The traits are there, though.

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The scoop: "It's still early but (Nick) Chubb has to feel good about how he played coming back from that knee (injury). You look for acceleration out of the cut after those injuries and I thought he had that. You never know what the medicals will look like but I was happy for the kid." -- AFC East scout

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The skinny: The Georgia RB's 222 yards and two touchdowns vs. North Carolina will be the headline stats from the Week 1 game, but his 32 carries are what caught my attention. If the Bulldogs were worried about where Chubb's knee was as he returns from a gruesome injury that ended his 2015 season in October, they wouldn't have given the talented junior as much of a workload as they gave him. Before his injury, Chubb was in the conversation for best running back in the nation. After seeing Chubb cut, burst and finish runs, there is little doubt that he's back and squarely on scouting radars.

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The scoop: "Make sure you watch (Gerald) Everett from South Alabama. He reminds me of (Tyler) Higbee but I think he's a better athlete. Really talented matchup player and was one of the best players on the field." -- AFC South scout

The skinny: I'm very familiar with Everett's work and his talent. This summer, I ranked Everett fifth on my tight ends to watch list and I'm just as bullish on his NFL potential. Everett is a former receiver who has consistently added more bulk to his frame while maintaining quickness in his routes. The comparison to current Ram and former Western Kentucky tight end Tyler Higbee is an interesting one, but I feel like Everett might be a much bigger version of Houston Texans rookie tight end Stephen Anderson. Anderson is listed as a tight end but is used as a big receiver and Everett has the potential to be utilized in similar fashion.

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