April 28, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State offensive tackle Andrew Datko became the fourth Seminole selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. Harris when he was taken with the 176th pick by Green Bay Packers. Datko joined joined Nigel Bradham (105th, fourth round, Buffalo Bills), Zebrie Sanders (144th, fifth round) and Mike Harris (176th, sixth round) as Saturday draftees
“I have to say I’m relieved,” Datko said. “It was a long wait but absolutely worth it. The Packers are going to get a player that’s going to work as hard as I can to earn a spot with the organization. I’m ready to get it rolling.”
A four-year starting left tackle with 40 career starts to his credit, Datko was instrumental in one of FSU’s best rushing attacks in a four-year stretch (158.5 yards per game). He was one of the leaders of the offensive line who played alongside FSU consensus All-American Rodney Hudson for three seasons in producing one of the top left sides in college football.
In 2011, the starting left tackle was a preseason candidate for a number of national awards and was headed towards all-conference honors before a shoulder injury forced him to sit out the remainder of the season. He started the first four games of the season and played 252 snaps while posting a season average grade of 75.8 percent in allowing just one sack. He posted a season-high grade of 84 percent in the opener against Louisiana Monroe. He was given an Unselfish Leadership Award at the annual football team banquet for his mentorship he provided to a young offensive line after he missed the remaining nine games of the regular season.
“The Packers are a great organization,” Datko said. “It’s unique on how the fans are part of the shareholders there. It’s just going to be a great opportunity for me to play up there.”