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Florida State sets new NFL Draft record for total draft picks

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Florida State has had 10 players selected in this year’s NFL Draft, putting the Seminoles in a tie for the most players drafted over a three-year period. One more Nole off the board and the record will be Florida State’s.

The record is 28 players drafted over three years. Florida State now shared the record with Miami (2002-2004) and USC (2008-2010). Florida State moved into the now three-way tie when tight end Nick O’Leary was taken by the Buffalo Bills (who have been loading up on ACC players this draft). O’Leary was taken by the Bills in the sixth round and the 194th pick overall. The Bills had already drafted cornerback Ronald Darby in the second round and running back Karlos Williams in the fifth round. Other Noles to be drafted include quarterback Jameis Winston (the number one overall pick), defensive tackles Mario Edwards and Eddie Goldman, center Cameron Erving, offensive guard Tre’ Jackson, receiver Rashad Greene, and cornerback P.J. Williams.

Time is running out for Florida State to set the record, but it is within sight. Offensive guards Josue Matias and Bobby Hart are still on the draft board.

UPDATE (5:30 p.m): The New York Giants drafted offensive lineman Bobby Hart, thus setting the new record.

 

Florida State once again proving to be an NFL factory

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Before the third day of the NFL Draft gets underway, three rounds have shown once again just what kind of NFL factory Florida State is. No school has had more players drafted in the NFL Draft through three rounds than the Seminoles, with six players being drafted in the first two days of the draft. Quarterback Jameis Winston highlights the selections as the number one overall pick from Tampa Bay.

Joining Winston as NFL Draft picks are offensive lineman Cameron Erving (1st round, 19th pick, Cleveland), defensive end Mario Edwards (2nd, 35th, Oakland), defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (2nd, 39th, Chicago), cornerback Ronald Darby (2nd, 50th, Buffalo) and cornerback P.J. Williams (3rd, 78th, New Orleans). Florida State is aiming to set a new three-year NFL Draft record for total picks. As noted by Tomahawk Nation, Florida State will need five more players drafted by NFL teams in the final four rounds to pass the mark of 28 drafted players previously set by Miami (2002-2004) and USC (2008-2010).

Speaking of Miami, the Hurricanes are represented quite well so far as well. Al Golden’s program has sent five players through the draft already, leading some to wonder why Miami was not better in the win total last fall. The same questions were asked of Washington, with four players drafted in the first three rounds. Miami and Stanford are tied for second-most draft picks so far with five each. Washington is tied with Florida, Oregon, Missouri and Louisville.

A few annual NFL factories from the SEC are lagging behind the competition, at least relatively. Alabama has had three players drafted so far, and LSU and Georgia each have had two. After being shut out of the draft last year, Texas is on the board with two drafted players. Ohio State has had two players drafted, but none in the first round. All that really means is the Buckeyes are going to be loaded in the fall, but we already knew that. We are still waiting for the first player from Notre Dame.

What about the conferences? The Pac-12 holds the lead so far with 25 players drafted in three rounds. The SEC is sitting in second place with 22 players, and the ACC is holding strong with 20 players as well. The Big Ten has had 15 players and that is more than twice the number of players from the Big 12 (7). We have had a handful of players from Group of Five conferences and small schools drafted so far as well. The American Athletic Conference (2), Mountain West Conference (2), Conference USA (1), MAC (1) and Sun Belt (1) all have been represented. So has the Missouri Valley Conference, Southern Conference, and the Division 3 Liberty League, each with one player drafted.

What will the story of the final day of the draft be? Can Florida State set the new three-year draft record? Will the Pac-12 reign supreme with total draft picks? What small school prospects will make a name for their programs and conferences?

We’ll find out later today.

Florida State DT Eddie Goldman joins group of Seminoles leaving early for NFL

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With the decision deadline creeping up quickly, Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman has reportedly decided to take the NFL plunge. Goldman will forgo his senior season in Tallahassee and will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, joining a handful of other Florida State players in leaving early.

Goldman’s decision was first reported by Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports, via Twitter.

Goldman was Florida State’s third-leading tackler on the defensive line in 2014 with 35 total tackles, 19 of which were solo tackles. He was also responsible for four sacks and eight tackles for a loss for the Seminoles. He forced one fumble as well and proved to be flexible for Florida State throughout the course of the stay in Tallahassee. He has played both defensive end and defensive tackle for the Noles, but may be expected to stick to defensive tackle at the next level given his 6’4″, 320-pound frame.

Goldman was forced to leave the ACC Championship Game early due to an ankle injury but he returned in time for Florida State’s Rose Bowl match-up with Oregon. He is widely expected to go within the first two rounds of the NFL Draft.

Goldman joins quarterback Jameis Winston, defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., and cornerbacks P.J. Williams and Ronald Darby among the Seminoles leaving early for the NFL.

Helmet sticker to Tomahawk Nation.

FSU defense getting healthy: Goldman and Lawrence-Stample expected to play vs. Oregon

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Florida State will face the best offense it has seen all season long when the defending BCS national champions return to Pasadena to challenge Pac-12 champion Oregon and Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Ducks have quite the supporting cast on offense too. Florida State’s shaky defense, at least when compared to the 2013 ‘Noles defense, will need to be on top of its game to advance to the national championship game, and it appears as though the defense will welcome back a pair of significant contributors.

Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and Nile Lawrence-Stample each are likely to play for Florida State in the Rose Bowl, according to a recent report by Warchant.

Goldman was named to the ACC’s First Team All-ACC Defense this season. He went down with an ankle injury during the ACC Championship Game victory over Georgia Tech and returned to the practice field for the Seminoles last week. Lawrence-Stample’s return was previously reported to be likely, according to head coach Jimbo Fisher, and it appears everything remains on track for that to be a reality. Lawrence-Stample has missed 10 consecutive games due to a torn pectoral muscle.

“Excellent. I feel very comfortable with Nile,” Fisher said in recent days. “Nile’s practicing well. He’s been doing good-on-good for the last three days. He’s really developing his strength. I like his progress.”

Florida State teammates certainly respect the return of these two players as well.

“To be able to have Nile and Eddie back on the D-line would be a tremendous help as a linebacker,” junior linebacker Terrance Smith said last week. “To be able to have two threats up there, plus Mario [Edwards Jr.] and Demarcus [Walker] on the edge, to be able to have people that require double-team blocks and can’t get single-blocked … that’s a big factor.”

We shall see just how big of a factor it really is when Florida State faces Oregon in the Rose Bowl on January 1, the first of the two national semifinal game sin the College Football Playoff.

Jimbo Fisher reacts to Citadel cut blocks injuring three defensive linemen

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If Florida State wanted to, then the Seminoles could have put a serous beating on visiting Citadel Saturday evening in Tallahassee. The home opener for the defending national champions saw Jameis Winston complete 22 of 27 pass attempts for 256 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 37-12 victory. As Florida State was on its way to a 2-0 start to the season, Citadel’s play caught the ire of the head coach of the Seminoles, Jimbo Fisher.

“When you play these kind of teams, they’re constantly cutting the knees and ankles,” Fisher said, according to The Post and Courier. Three defensive linemen were injured in the game as a result of questionable blocking tactics. Fisher stopped short of saying Citadel was playing dirty, but his response pretty much shows he was not too supportive of it.

“Those guys that cut and block like this, it’s crazy,” Fisher said. “I’d rather play more conventional teams, just because of the chance of injuries that occurred.”

Two starters on Florida State’s defensive line, Eddie Goldman and Nile Lawrence-Stample, and a backup defensive lineman, Justin Shanks, all left Saturday’s game with leg injuries. Florida State has a week off before playing its next game, a home game against ACC Atlantic Division rival Clemson. The extra time off should be welcomed by Fisher and the Seminoles after a game that may have been more of a physical contest than initially anticipated.

It seems to me there is a rather simple solution to that problem. Don’t schedule “these kind of teams.” That goes for all FBS programs too, not just Florida State.