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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.

Mario Edwards leaving Florida State early for the NFL Draft

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The college football world may be waiting for the decision from Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, but defensive end Mario Edwards has made his decision. As suspected, Edwards will leave the Seminoles and declare for the NFL Draft. He is the second Seminole to declare early for the NFL Draft today, joining P.J. Williams.

Edwards was an All-ACC player and is sure to be drafted in one of the first two rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft this spring. Edwards was banged up at times this season, but when healthy he is generally one of the top defensive players in the game.

Edwards worked hard to trim down for the Rose Bowl to prepare for the athleticism and speed of the Oregon offense. Although that may not have mattered given the way the Ducks ran away with the game, it does help him get ready to hit the NFL Draft circuit for scouts and coaches scouting defensive ends leading up to the draft.

FSU’s Mario Edwards got in better shape for facing Oregon

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Florida State defensive end Mario Edwards was already in better shape than this college football writer will ever dream of being, but that was not good enough for the star defensive player for the Seminoles. He needed to get in better shape in order to prepare for Florida State’s College Football Playoff semifinal match-up with the Oregon Ducks.

Edwards started the season weighing in at 312 pounds, but has since dropped down to either 277 or 278 pounds. Considering he did that partially over the holiday season, that is mighty impressive. Or he just has incredible willpower and a strong metabolism.

“You know, I suffered some injuries as far as spraining my MCL, to a concussion in Clemson, so I couldn’t keep myself in 100 percent shape because of my injuries,” Edwards said, as quoted by The Orlando Sentinel. “So when I finally got 100 percent and was able to [condition more] that I dropped weight because it was best for me but of course dropping down to 277, 278 range is going to help me with Oregon and being able to run and not get as fatigued as I was during the season.”

So if you thought Edwards was a machine before, he should be even better now. That should be a scary thought, but Florida State’s defense will be put to the test as Oregon attempts to spread thing out on offense and use an up-tempo offense at times with Heisman Trophy quarterback Marcus Mariota at the helm.

Florida State faces Oregon in the Rose Bowl on Thursday, January 1, 2015.