Derwin James, Deondre Francois, Cam Akers, and Josh Sweat are generally considered to be the stars of Florida State, but another player should also be in the group: Tarvarus McFadden. He is arguably the nation’s best cornerback and a possible top-five pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The 20-year old Seminole is heading into his junior year coming off an eight-interception season.
We know of Tarvarus McFadden, but do we really “know” Tarvarus McFadden? He is as close to being a lockdown corner as college is likely to see. He was on NFL draft analysts’ radar since before the 2017 NFL draft even happened. He’s the perfect size to be an NFL corner at 6’2, 198lbs with long arms, and his ball skills are second to none. He knows when to turn his head around to make a play on the ball, and can anticipate and read routes.
There aren’t many negative that come to mind when talking about Tarvarus McFadden, although there are times when I’ve seen him get beat by speed WRs. McFadden is quick, but he’s not extremely fast, which can cause problems at times. I feel like that’s something he can fix very quickly. I can go on about Tarvarus McFadden all day if we had the time. From his ball skills to his tackling to his football IQ, he has it all. McFadden is always making an impact. If he’s not intercepting a pass, he’s shutting down an entire side of the field, which he has done plenty of times.
Heading into his junior year, this could be a breakout year for McFadden – if you don’t already believe he had ‘broken out’. Florida State is going into the season with the best secondary in the nation. Derwin James, Tarvarus McFadden, Trey Marshall, and Kyle Meyers seem to be the starters in 2018. Imagine going into a game as a wide out and realizing you have to face that secondary. Opposing offenses will not be looking forward to heading down to Tallahassee to face the Seminoles this season. Being surrounded by a great secondary will only help McFadden, although I think he’s at his best when he’s in man coverage regardless.
When the 2018 NFL Draft rolls around, expect to see McFadden’s name shooting up the draft boards. He’s going to be a top 10 pick in the draft, but if he has a stellar year which in entirely possible, expect him to be in the conversation as a top-five pick.