April 30, 2007
This weekend’s NFL draft once again illustrated just how highly NFL teams think of players who have worn the Garnet & Gold. With five Seminoles chosen, FSU was tied for the most players chosen from any school in this year’s draft. Below are a few other facts backing up FSU’s case as one of the most productive universities when it comes to placing players into the NFL.
With five players selected in the 2007 NFL draft, Florida State now leads all schools with the most players drafted (97) since 1993.
When Florida State linebacker Lawrence Timmons was chosen as the 15th overall selection in the first round of the NFL Draft, it marked the third straight year the Seminoles have had a No. 1 selection. Florida State has had at least a No. 1 draft selection in 13 of the last 17 years and has had either a No. 1 or 2 pick in 16 of those 17 years, having just a third round pick in 1996. Since 1988, the Seminoles have had 46 players selected in either the first or second round of the NFL Draft.
FSU is tied with Tennessee, Miami and Ohio State for the most players (5) taken among the first 128 picks in the draft.
When you combine the last three drafts, FSU has tied its record of 22 players taken over three consecutive years. FSU had 22 players taken from 1993-95 and the same number from 04-06
FSU has had at least one WR selected in the NFL draft in each of the last eight years, 13 of the last 15 and 15 of the last 18 NFL drafts.
Six FSU linebackers have been taken over the last four drafts
Six FSU OL have been taken over the last five drafts
Three of the last four years have seen an FSU RB drafted
Heading into today’s NFL Draft, the ACC, with 17 first-round selections, has had more players chosen in the first round of the NFL draft than any other conference during the 2005 and 2006 drafts. The Conference also has had the most overall players drafted, having had 87 selected in the past two years of the NFL draft including 51 last year.