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2012 NFL Draft Preview: A look at FSU’s pro prospects – Florida State University

2012 NFL Draft Preview: A look at FSU’s pro prospects – Florida State University


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2012 NFL Draft Preview: A look at FSU's pro prospects

Prospect Position Round Projection
Nigel Bradham LB 3 to 5
Andrew Datko OL 6 to Free Agent
Mike Harris DB 4 to 6
Ty Jones RB Free Agent
Terrance Parks DB Free Agent
Shawn Powell P 6 to Free Agent
Bert Reed WR Free Agent
Beau Reliford TE Free Agent
Zebrie Sanders OL 2 to 4
David Spurlock OL Free Agent
Jermaine Thomas RB Free Agent

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State won't have a player taken in the first round of the NFL Draft like it did last year when Christian Ponder went 12th overall but the Seminoles are in position to have the most draftees in five years when the league's annual amateur selection process kicks off April 26.

After having three former players selected in the 2008, '10 and '11 drafts and one in 2009, FSU could potentially have as many as five players selected this season.

Leading that charge are linebacker Nigel Bradham and offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders, who together came to Tallahassee in 2008 as five- and four-star recruits, respectively. According to a number of draft projections, Bradham and Sanders are expected to be selected anywhere from the second to fifth round.

Defensive back Mike Harris, who enrolled at FSU in 2010 as a highly-touted junior-college transfer, will likely be the third Seminole drafted. Listed as a "sleeper" prospect, Harris could be selected anywhere in the middle of the draft.

Punter Shawn Powell and offensive tackle Andrew Datko are the two other Florida State players with draftable grades. FSU also boasts draft-eligible players Ty Jones, Jermaine Thomas, Terrance Parks, Bert Reed, Beau Reliford, David Spurlock and Jermaine Thomas, who all are predicted to enter the post-draft free-agent pool of undrafted players.

Of course prospects rise and fall every year on draft day so projections are just that. For any player in the draft, all he needs is one team to covet his abilities and the round and selection number in which he is chosen becomes irrelevant.

Florida State has always been a producer of NFL linebackers and Bradham, who led the team in tackles the last three seasons, will join that lineage whenever his named is called during the three-day drafting event. 

Bradham's selection would make him the 31st FSU linebacker ever drafted. Marvin Jones, who was the last player in school history to lead the 'Noles in tackles in thee straight seasons before Bradham, is the highest linebacker selection in program history as he was taken fourth overall by the New York Jets in 1993.

When Harris gets picked, he will join a fraternity of 35 other FSU defensive backs that have been drafted during the football programs existence -- the most of any position at Florida State.

Stay tuned to Seminoles.com throughout the week leading up to the draft and then during the selection process for full coverage and analysis of the new 'Noles in the NFL.

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