Tarvarus McFadden went from barely used to nation-leader in the course of one season with Florida State football.
Now, the Seminoles junior cornerback is considered among the best in college football. McFadden was voted as the No. 16 player in college football by NFL.com.
“McFadden has an excellent blend of size, athleticism and ball skills,” analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. “He gave up too many plays last year, but he has all of the tools to be an elite cornerback.”
McFadden was one of nine players to receive votes from all seven experts taking part in ranking the Top 25 college football players. He received one Top 10 vote.
The 6-foot-2, 198-pound McFadden played sparingly as a freshman in 2015, recording four tackles in seven games after arriving at Florida State as highly regarded prospect. He broke out in 2016, though, leading the country with eight interceptions as he cemented himself as another lockdown cornerback playing for the Seminoles. He was named first-team All-ACC and won the Jack Tatum Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top defensive back. McFadden also was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award, given each year to the nation’s top defensive player.
“Unlike Jalen Ramsey before him, McFadden doesn’t have explosive deep speed,” analyst Lance Zierlein said. “However, he does have ridiculous balls skills that should have quarterbacks looking in the other direction this season.”