Monday, April 29, 2013
Florida State leads the way in NFL draft
By Andrea Adelson
Florida State followed up its big first round with a huge NFL draft weekend, as the Seminoles led every program in the nation with 11 total picks, setting a new school record.
That's right. The Noles had more picks than national champion Alabama (nine) and SEC power LSU (nine), two schools that played for the national championship following the 2011 season. More than in-state rival Florida (eight), too.
Those numbers are clear validation the Seminoles have restocked their cupboards with an inordinate amount of talent as they re-emerge in the national conversation.
"It’s a great indication of how the program is truly developing," coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement. “I think it shows we’re getting back to national prominence. Our players are doing a great job of representing themselves on and off the field leading to chances at the next level. I’m happy for all of these guys and want to thank them for helping return this program back to the national spotlight."
Overall, the ACC had 31 players taken for the ninth straight season, finishing second behind the SEC.
Here is a quick look back at all the selections:
- No. 7 Jonathan Cooper, OG, Arizona
- No. 16 EJ Manuel, QB, Buffalo
- No. 24 Bjoern Werner, DE, Indianapolis
- No. 25 Xavier Rhodes, CB, Minnesota
- No. 27 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston
- No. 28 Sylvester Williams, DT, Denver
- No. 37 Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
- No. 40 Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, DE, San Francisco
- No. 42 Menelik Watson, OT, Oakland
- No. 51 David Amerson, CB, NC State
- No. 73 Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay
- No. 89 Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina
- No. 127 Malliciah Goodman, DE, Atlanta
- No. 136 Earl Wolff, S, Philadelphia
- No. 141 Oday Aboushi, OG, New York Jets
- No. 143 Jonathan Meeks, S, Buffalo
- No. 149 Brandon McGee, CB, St. Louis
- No. 154 Chris Thompson, RB, Washington
- No. 162 Brandon Jenkins, LB, Washington
- No. 171 Corey Fuller, WR, Detroit
- No. 173 Vinston Painter, OT, Denver
- No. 177 Dustin Hopkins, PK, Buffalo
- No. 180 Nick Moody, LB, San Francisco
- No. 187 Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona
- No. 189 Mike James, RB, Tampa Bay
- No. 206 Vince Williams, LB, Pittsburgh
- No. 214 Travis Bond, OG, Minnesota
- No. 215 Tommy Bohanon, FB, New York Jets
- No. 224 Kevin Dorsey, WR, Green Bay
- No. 229 Everett Dawkins, DT, Minnesota
- No. 249 Sean Renfree, QB, Atlanta
Incoming member Syracuse had three players drafted as well: tackle Justin Pugh in the first round to the New York Giants; quarterback Ryan Nassib in the fourth round to the Giants; and safety Shamarko Thomas in the fourth round to Pittsburgh.
And now a few notes:
- North Carolina had the second-most picks from the ACC with five -- its highest total since five were picked in 2011. The Tar Heels had three offensive linemen selected, the most from UNC in the draft since 1967.
- Miami had its NFL draft streak extended to 39 consecutive seasons with Brandon McGee and Mike James both getting selected.
- Virginia also had its draft streak extended to 30 straight seasons with Aboushi's selection.
- Tommy Bohanon Bohanon became just the third Wake Forest fullback to have his name called in the draft, joining Ovie Mughelli (Ravens, 2003) and Neil MacLean (Eagles, 1958).
- With four selections in this year's draft, Clemson has now had 23 players chosen over the last five years, and at least four every year Dabo Swinney has been head coach. It is the first time in history Clemson has had at least four players drafted each of the last five years.
- Georgia Tech did not have a player selected for the first time since 2005. Three players with draft hopes ended up with free agent deals: T.J. Barnes (Jacksonville), Izaan Cross (Buffalo) and Rod Sweeting (New Orleans).
- Pitt did not have a player drafted for the second consecutive season. Running back Ray Graham, who was the Panthers' best hope for selection, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Texans.
- Here are a few other notable free-agent signings: Conner Vernon (Oakland), Chibuikem “Kenny” Okoro (San Diego), Marcus Davis (New York Giants), Lonnie Pryor (Jacksonville).