The Florida State Seminoles had the most players selected in this year’s NFL draft with a total of 11 selections. The 11 picks gives the Seminoles 29 drafted players over the last three years, which set a new NFL record.
NBC Sports reports that Florida State set the record after the New York Giants selected offensive lineman Bobby Hart in the fifth round. Miami (2002-04) and USC (2008-10) previously held the record with 28 draft selections apiece.
The Seminoles also became the first team in the modern era to have a player at each offensive position be selected. QB Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay), OG Tre Jackson (Jacksonville), TE Nick O’Leary (Buffalo), WR Rashad Greene (Jacksonville), OT Hart, C Cameron Erving (Cleveland) and Karlos Williams (Buffalo).
DT Eddie Goldman (Chicago), CB Ronald Darby (Buffalo), DT Mario Edwards (Oakland) and DB P.J. Williams (New Orleans) were also drafed. OG Josue Matias was the only drafted eligible Seminole player not to be drafted. NFLDraftScout.com had Matais as the No. 9 best OG and No. 158 prospect overall.
The Louisville Cardinal had the second most players taken in this year’s draft with 10, which set a school record according to the school’s athletic website. Of the 10 Cardinals’ players selected, six were on the defensive side of the ball and four on the offensive side– including Mr. Irrelevant Gerald Christian.
WR DeVante Parker was the highest Cardinal selected as he was taken with the No. 14 overall pick by the Miami Dolphins. OT Jamon Brown (St. Louis), OG John Miller (Buffalo), OLB Lorenzo Mauldin (New York Jets), S James Sample (Jacksonville), Deiontrez Mount (Tennesee), CB Charles Gaines (Cleveland), DE B.J. DuBose (Minnesota) and Gerrod Holliman (Pittsburgh) were also drafted. LS Grant Donovan will reportedly sign a free agent deal with the Washington Redskins, per UofLFootball twitter account.
“What an exciting day for our program,” Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino said. “I’m very happy for all the players who were selected over the last three days. To have a total of 10 players drafted, it’s a testament to the hard work these guys put in during their time at Louisville. I wish all these guys the best of luck, and thank them for all their contributions to our program. I look forward to watching them during their NFL careers.”
The Florida Gators had the third most players taken with eight, including two first rounders (No. 3 Dante Fowler, No. 24 D.J. Humphries). Rounding out the top five schools with the most selections was Miami (seven) and Stanford (six). Hobart College and Newberry College had players selected in the draft while the University of Tennessee didn’t have a player selected for the first time since 1962.
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