May 02, 2015 - Dave Miller
FSU trying to set three-year NFL Draft record for total picks
Follow @Miller_Dave CHICAGO—Six players down, five (and possibly six) to go? No school has had more players drafted in the first three rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft than Florida State, which saw Jameis Winston become the first Seminole ever to be taken with the No. 1 overall pick when Tampa Bay selected the former Heisman Trophy winner. Offensive lineman Cameron Erving (No. 19 overall, Cleveland), defensive end Mario Edwards (No. 35, Oakland), defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (No. 39, Chicago), cornerback Ronald Darby (No. 50, Buffalo) and cornerback P. J. Williams (No. 78, New Orleans) followed Winston, who helped make FSU the first school to produce three first-round quarterbacks in a five-year span (following the selections of Christian Ponder and EJ Manuel). The ‘Noles are trying to set a new three-year NFL Draft record for total picks. Jimbo Fisher’s program will need to send five more players to NFL teams in the final four rounds to pass the mark of 28 drafted players previously set by Miami, FL (2002-2004) and USC (2008-2010). FSU would have 30 total picks over the last three years if all 12 of its prospects have their name called in this year's draft. Can the ‘Noles, which had 11 selections in the 2013 draft and seven more in 2014, set the record on the third and final day of the draft? It's pretty safe to assume that Rashad Greene, Tre' Jackson, Nick O'Leary and Josue Matias will be selected at some point on the draft's final day. But Karlos Williams and Bobby Hart also have a chance to help set the three-year mark. Williams is a raw but intriguing running back because of his combination of size, speed and athleticism after making the switch from safety to running back a few seasons ago. Meanwhile, teams are always looking to build depth across the offensive line, and Hart projects to play guard in the NFL after playing tackle for the 'Noles. No matter what happens on the draft's final day in Chicago, FSU has a deep and talented class that helped the program record 39 wins in 42 games over the last three years, including a national championship and three straight ACC crowns. Even falling short of the record would never be able to take those accomplishments away. Dave Miller, the college football editor for the National Football Post, is on Twitter @Miller_Dave.