Geno Hayes is in a new position these days. A season ago, he was the youngest of the starting linebackers, a sophomore standing beside senior middle linebacker Buster Davis and junior outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons. Now he's a rising junior... and the only returning starter in the unit. He is...[details]
2005 (Sophomore):At Florida State: Will play as the back-up to All-America candidate Ernie Sims at the strongside linebacker position...gained valuable experience as a true freshman when he played in all 12 games during the 2004 season at the linebacker position and on special teams...his experience helps make the Seminoles' linebacking corps one of the deepest in the nation...gained even more valuable experience during spring drills in 2005 when he was moved to the first-team linebacker spot when Sims went down with an injury...earned the top newcomer award on defense as voted on by the coaching staff following spring practice in 2005.
Freshman Year (2004): Played in all 12 games including the Seminoles' Gator Bowl victory over West Virginia...was one of only nine true freshman to earn playing time for Florida State during the season...recorded 12 tackles with at least one tackle coming in eight of the 12 games in which he played...second among the Seminole freshmen with his 12 tackles...Jae Thaxton led the freshmen with 19 tackles...career-high three tackles against UAB and two tackles against both Syracuse and Virginia...recorded his first career tackle for loss in the Seminoles' victory over Virginia. High School: Graduated from Wilson High School in 2004...a three-star player and the No. 4 rated outside linebacker in the nation as a senior by Rivals.com...named to the SuperPrep Elite 50 team...a member of the PrepStar Top 100 Dream Team...named the Defensive Player of the Year and the top prep prospect in the state of South Carolina his senior season...earned all-state first-team honors as a senior after amassing over 150 tackles and two sacks...also caught 47 passes for over 800 yards and five touchdowns as a senior tight end...earned all-state honors as a junior tight end with 42 catches for 680 yards and 14 touchdowns...recorded 95 tackles and four sacks as a senior linebacker...played in the 2003 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas that pitted the high school all-stars from North Carolina and the all-stars from South Carolina...timed at 4.60 in the 40...selected Florida State over Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.Personal: Born May 14, 1986...major is undeclared.
The good: Fast and hard-hitting, he declared early for the draft after another outstanding season. He's been a steady playmaker and has a fine combination of speed, quickness and instincts. He's aggressive, though undersized at 6-feet-1, 235 pounds, and has the physical and mental ability to make big plays. He is quick on the snap and uses his hands well to shield his body from blockers and is very adept at slipping blocks and taking precise angles to the ball. He moves very well laterally and gets through traffic quickly. He avoids blockers well, though he is also quite strong for his size and can take them on and hold his own. He has a very good first step and shows a quick burst of speed that allows him to defeat blocking angles early on the down that allows him to rush the passer or drop in coverage
The bad: He lacks bulk and can get bounced around at the point of attack, getting engulfed by bigger blockers. He only had one collegiate season as a starter.
Outlook: Timmons reads and reacts quickly on the snap and would fit best in a scheme that emphasizes speed like the Eagles, Colts or Bears. At the combine, he ran a 4.66 40-yard dash and bench pressed 25 reps. He has the speed and talent to provide impact on special teams and play a nick linebacker role as a rookie. He can challenge for the weakside starting job in a 4-3. He's a top 30 prsoepct with upside potentials. The Bengals, Jaguars and Giants have keen interest. He projects as a first round choice.
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