Florida State set up for future NFL draft success


A program and coaching staff's ability to prepare players for the NFL has increasingly become one of the deciding factors for blue-chip recruits, which is why there was no shortage of college coaches on social media touting their school's draft picks last week.

No program was able to boast quite like Florida State, which during the 2015 NFL draft set a couple of records, ones sure to be highlighted on placards around the football complex during recruiting weekends and in mailings to prospects. With 11 players taken -- the most of any school in 2015 -- the Seminoles set a modern-era draft record for selections over a three-year span with 29 picks. Florida State topped the 28 Miami and USC had last decade, which had been the record since the draft was shortened to seven rounds in 1994.

"For FSU to be able to get the modern three-year record, it's a testament to our assistant coaches and our support staff, and our ability to develop players," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement. "But most importantly it's a testament to the work these players have put in. ..."

The Seminoles also tied a school record with 11 selections in a single draft, and ESPN Stats & Information did some digging and found Florida State is the first school to have a player drafted at every position on offense. Fisher will be sure to let future offensive prospects know it isn't just quarterbacks he is grooming for professional careers.

Inside the renovated football office's lobby are the names of every Florida State player to make it to the NFL. Hallways in the complex house the jerseys of current NFL players, although decorators might need to find an overflow area for this most recent class.

Fisher is a natural, knockout recruiter and signed a No. 1 class before his first draft as a head coach, but the success in recent NFL drafts has made the Seminoles a fixture at the top of class rankings. They finished in the top three of the class rankings in four of the past five cycles, and they hold the No. 1 spot in the 2016 rankings. Florida State has the nation's No. 1 quarterback, cornerback and center and the second-best tight end committed to sign in 2016.

Florida State, which has had a first-round pick in five of the past six drafts, is littered with first-round talent on its 2015 roster. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey, should he declare after his junior season, could be the first defensive back taken in the 2016 draft. Redshirt junior kicker Roberto Aguayo sneaking into Round 1 is a possibility -- as long as the Raiders are around.

The promising news for the Seminoles is most of their talent won't be draft eligible until at least the 2017 draft, which sets Florida State up for a championship run beginning with the 2016 season. Dalvin Cook and Roderick Johnson are early entry and first-round possibilities, and much of the roster has draft potential.

Fisher has turned that potential into NFL talent, which is why promising recruits keep turning to him.