by Ryan Myers
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Today’s Spotlight - Florida State, Defensive Line, Joshua Farmer
Name - Joshua Farmer
Pos - DL
Team - Florida State
HT/WT - 6’3” 311 lbs.
Home - Port Saint Joe, FL
Joshua Farmer is a defensive tackle from Port Saint Joe, FL, and played his high school football at Gadsden County High School where he was a three-year starter. Farmer recorded 84 tackles, including 5.5 for loss with 2.0 sacks, and two fumble recoveries as a sophomore. He earned first-team All-Big Bend recognition as a junior and helped Jaguars reach semifinal round of 2020 Florida Class 4A state playoffs in his final season of high school. He was graded as a 4-star recruit by ESPN and a 3-star by Rivals.com and 247Sports. He chose Florida State over offers from Miami, Texas A&M, Tennessee, and more.
In Farmer’s first college season with the Seminoles, he played 4 games and made one tackle. He was redshirted and maintained eligibility. In his second year, he played in all 13 games for FSU and recorded 15 tackles including 6 TFL and 2 sacks. He solidified himself as an important piece of the Seminole defensive front going forward and earned himself more reps for this season with the Noles.
So far this year, Farmer has played in 11 of the 12 games for FSU and has started 10 of them. He has tallied 31 tackles including 5.5 TFL, 5 sacks and a forced fumble. He has been an impact player for the Seminoles and part of one of the best defensive fronts in the country.
Farmer’s 6’3”, 311 pound frame has room to add more mass if needed. He plays with strong hands and a thick lower half, which he uses to get good drive and play with great leverage. He’s a reliable tackler, stopping ball carriers in their tracks and rarely giving up many yards after contact. His instincts are exceptional and help him to read the run very well. He uses his leverage to close and fill gaps consistently and also has shown the ability to sack the QB at a rate slightly higher than usual for a DT.
Farmer has an extremely strong lower half, but he lacks burst which makes him a bit slow off the snap at times. He counters this by having consistent success at the point of attack and a decent set of moves on the line, but his lack of burst and speed contribute to his struggles in the open field and in chase-down scenarios. He also may need to add some mass if he wishes to play DT in a 3-4 scheme instead of a 4-3 where he is a better fit at the moment.
Joshua Farmer has a nose for the football, which makes him a good pass rusher for the DT position as well as he has 7 career sacks for the Seminoles. He will likely be a depth piece or rotational player but his tackling ability and strength may give him a shot to become a dependable starter in the league.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 6th round or 7th round