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Florida State sets new NFL Draft record for total draft picks


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


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


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.

Florida State’s Casher and Darby will remain with the program


Two players linked to an alleged rape case at Florida State will be allowed to remain members of the university and the football program. Defensive end Chris Casher and defensive back Ronald Darby were not expelled from the university nor will they be removed from the football program according to a report by the Associated Press this week. A disciplinary board ruling determined neither player was guilty of violating the university’s code of conduct.

Casher and Darby were accused of witnessing Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston have sex with a woman. The woman accused Winston of raping her, but charges were never filed by authorities following an investigation. Casher and Darby were accused of violating the school’s policy against creating an environment of hostility toward any student. It was previously reported Darby was cleared of any violations against the school’s code of conduct, but the status of Casher was unconfirmed. The university also investigated Winston but found no reason to pursue any further action against him.

“It was a little surprising that both were not held responsible, but that is the panel’s discretion and she did feel as though the panel took their job seriously,” John Clune, an attorney representing the accuser said in a statement following the university’s ruling. “All that our client wanted was for the process to take place and these issues at Florida State not continue to be swept under the rug.”

The Department of Education is reviewing how Florida State handled the response of the alleged rape while an attorney representing the alleged victim has criticized the handling of the case by Tallahassee police.

Report: Florida State clears DB Ronald Darby in alleged rape case


Florida State defensive back Ronald Darby has been cleared by Florida State University in an alleged rape case. A panel reviewing Darby’s connection to a high-profile alleged rape case involving quarterback Jameis Winston and defensive end Chris Casher determined Darby was not responsible for any violations regarding creating a hostile environment for another student at the university.

Darby’s attorney, Tico Gimbel, confirmed to USA Today “Darby was not responsible for “conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for another person” and “acts that invade privacy of another person.” Darby and Casher had been accused of witnessing a rape by Winston, although state prosecutors never charged Winston for any crimes related to the incident in question.

“We’re happy with the outcome,” Gimbel said. “We believe it’s the right outcome, and Ronald Darby’s happy to put all of this behind him.”

Casher’s attorney did not confirm that ruling regarding his client to USA Today. There was some confusion over whether or not Winston would be called to testify to the panel about the involvement of his two teammates, but it was confirmed Winston did not attend a hearing for Casher and Darby due to a conflicting baseball schedule. Winston has not been charged with any crimes nor has he been charged with any violations by Florida State.

The Department of Education is reviewing how Florida State handled the response of the alleged rape while the attorney representing the alleged victim has criticized the handling of the case by Tallahassee police.