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First Look: Scouting Florida State CB Tarvarus McFadden

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Editor's note: NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah takes a "first look" at college football's top players for 2017. This is the 11th in a series of scouting reports that will run throughout the offseason.

Florida State continues to produce a boatload of NFL talent, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. I already wrote up one Seminole defender during my First Look series (safety Derwin James), and he's arguably the most talented defender in college football. However, there are several other NFL-caliber players on the FSU defense. I recently studied their ultra-productive cornerback, Tarvarus McFadden. Here's my scouting report.

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Tarvarus McFadden, junior cornerback, Florida State


Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 198 pounds (school measurements)

2016 statistics: 20 tackles (3 for loss), 8 INTs, 14 passes defensed.

Game tape watched: Ole Miss (Sept. 5, 2016), Miami (Oct. 8, 2016), Florida (Nov. 26, 2016)

What I liked: McFadden has prototype size and length for the cornerback position. He's a fluid athlete and he has plenty of deep speed to carry wide receivers down the field. He primarily aligns in press coverage and he excels in trail coverage. McFadden stays in the hip pocket down the field and he can locate/play the ball very well. He has outstanding ball production. When he plays off coverage, he flashes an impressive closing burst to drive on the ball in front and produce big hits. He plays with effort to chase plays from the backside and I've been impressed with his overall instincts for the position.

Where he needs to improve: I'd like to see McFadden play more physically at the line of scrimmage. He flashes a sharp one-handed jam, but far too often he allows free access to wide receivers in their release. For such a big cornerback, he gets out-positioned on slant routes too frequently and gives up too many plays in the red zone. He allowed three touchdowns in the games I viewed. He can also improve as an open-field tackler. He needs to stay on his feet, keep his head up and finish in space.

Biggest takeaway: McFadden isn't a finished product right now, but he has tremendous upside. He has the size, length and ball skills to develop into an elite cornerback at the next level. I loved Xavier Rhodes when he was coming out of FSU, and McFadden has a similar ceiling as a player. Ball skills are tough to teach -- either you have them or you don't. He is excellent in that department. If he learns to use his hands in press coverage and becomes a more reliable tackler, he will establish himself as a premier player/prospect.

I can't wait to see him play ... Alabama on Sept. 2. This game is going to be stacked with future NFL players and several intriguing one-on-one matchups. The best of the bunch might be the battle between Alabama wideout Calvin Ridley and McFadden. I can't wait to see who gets the best of this matchup.

Follow Daniel Jeremiah on Twitter @MoveTheSticks.

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