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That’s a wrap #Nole fans! FSU had seven players drafted – all in the first 150 picks. Congratulations to Telvin Smith, Devonta Freeman and Bryan Stork who were selected today. FSU has had 18 players selected the last two years.

Telvin Smith video highlights:

Telvin Smith is selected with the 144th pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars (Fifth Round):
Smith was Florida State’s leading tackler (90 stops) and one of the senior leaders who played a huge role on and off the field for the National Champions. The Valdosta, Ga., native collected Coaches All-ACC First Team and SI.com honorable mention All-America accolades. Smith had 15 tackles against Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game and became the first Seminole since Derrick Brooks 20 years ago to have two pick-6s in a season (68-yard TD vs B-CU and 79-yard TD vs. Idaho). The rangy linebacker competed in the Senior Bowl following the 2013 season and finished his career by ranking in the Top 20 in FSU history in tackles for loss (29.0). He totaled 214 tackles over 54 career games.
He joins fellow former Seminole linebackers Geno Hayes and Dekoda Watson in Jacksonville, as well as former defensive back Mike Harris. 

Bryan Stork is selected with the 105th pick by the New England Patriots (Fourth Round):


Stork was the nation’s top center and anchored the FSU offensive line in 2013. The Vero Beach, Fla., native collected consensus All-America honors and won the Rimington Trophy given to the nation’s top center. He was a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy and earned All-ACC First Team honors. Stork helped the Noles set FSU and ACC records for single-season total offense (7,267 yards), points per game (51.6) and yards per play (7.67) and the national record for points (723).

“Bryan was the heart and soul of our offensive line,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He developed himself into one heck of a player and into one of the best centers in FSU history. He has a very business-like approach and is a great fit for the Patriots. I wish him the best and know he’ll be a great player in the NFL.”

He was a valuable asset in helping Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston become the nation’s top rated passer and the youngest winner of the Heisman Trophy. Stork had 40 starts and also saw action at right and left guard in his career.

Stork’s selection marks the fourth straight year a Florida State offensive lineman has been selected.

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Freeman video highlights:

Devonta Freeman is selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 103rd overall pick (Fourth Round):


Freeman headlined Florida State’s three-headed running back attack in 2013, starting all 14 games and earning All-ACC First Team honors. The Miami, Fla., native never missed a game over three years and a was versatile weapon capable of grinding out yards at the laine or bounce outside. Freeman became FSU’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Warrick Dunn in 1996, finishing with 1,016 yards and 15 total touchdowns. During FSU’s undefeated (14-0) 2013 National Championship season, Freeman had a 10-game touchdown scoring streak and rushed for over 100 yards three times.

Freeman wrapped up his career ranking in a tie for third in FSU history with 30 rushing touchdowns and in a tie for eighth in the Seminole record books with 2,255 rushing yards.

“I can’t put into words how happy I am for Devonta and his family,” FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He’s not only a phenomenal competitor and team player but he’s one of the best human beings I’ve been around. He’s an extremely hard worker. He’s a true success story and the Falcons are getting another one of the best Seminoles to put on the garnet and gold.”

It’s the second consecutive season Florida State has a running back taken in the NFL Draft. Chris Thompson was selected in the fifth round (154th overall) by the Washington Redskins in 2012. 

Freeman joins former Seminole running back Antone Smith in the Falcons’ backfield. 

Day Three is here!
Round 4 through 7 of the 2014 NFL Draft begins at Noon today. Several Seminoles are expected to be picked today. Running backs Devonta Freeman and James Wilder, Jr., linebackers Christian Jones and Telvin Smith and center Bryan Stork are all projected as picks today. 
In addition, head coach Jimbo Fisher will be a live analyst from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the NFL Network. It should be a fun day for Noles’ fans for sure!

Another Raven: Terrence Brooks is selected by Baltimore with the 79th pick 


Brooks was a key leader on Florida State top-rated pass defense (156.6 ypg) in 2013, helping Florida State lead the nation in scoring defense (12.1 ppg) and interceptions (26) and ranking third in total defense (281.4 ypg).

“It’s big,” Brooks said. “Not too many people get this opportunity. I definitely still have a lot to prove. God has a plan. I’m ready to go to work. (Timmy) and I – we both have that physical style of play and I think we are going to look real good in black. I’m glad to have him with me and I think we really gel.” Brooks, a two-year starter, had 56 tackles, 80 tackles for loss, two interceptions, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles en route to Coaches All-ACC First Team and CBSSports.com All-America First Team honors during Florida State’s National Championship run. Brooks wrapped up his four-year career with 127 tackles and five interceptions over 41 games with 26 starts.”Terrence had a tremendous career for us, a great senior year,” Fisher said. “He’s very versatile player. Again went to a great organization in the Ravens. I think he’s going to be very successful. I’m very happy for him and his family.”

He joins Timmy Jernigan, who was drafted 48th overall in the second round, on the Ravens. 

Terrence Brooks video highlights

Timmy Jernigan is selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 48th pick:


Jernigan is the first Seminole defensive tackle to be selected in the first two rounds since Brodrick Bunkley was selected 14th overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2006. 

“I’m very happy for Timmy,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He’s a perfect fit for the Baltimore Ravens organization. They both play the game very physical. Timmy was one of the key reasons we had a top ranked defense the last couple if years. He was a great leader and will be a great player in the NFL.”

Jernigan was one of the most dominant interior lineman in all of college football during Florida State’s undefeated National Championship 2013 season, collecting All-ACC First Team honors from the league’s coaches and All-America First Team accolades from ESPN. The Lake City, Fla., native started all 14 games as a junior in 2013, totaling 63 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss and 4.4 sacks. Jernigan constantly fought off double teams from his nose guard position, enabling the Seminoles’ linebackers make plays and leading FSU to the nation’s first-ranked scoring defense (12.1 ppg) and third-ranked total defense (281.4 ypg). He had 4.5 tackles for a loss in monster game against Idaho and saved two of his best games for when it mattered most, tallying a career-high 10 tackles in the ACC Championship Game against Duke before adding nine stops against Auburn in the BCS National Championship in the Rose Bowl. 

He is only the second Seminole ever selected by the Baltimore Ravens, joined Peter Boulware who was the fourth overall pick in 1997. 

Timmy Jernigan video highlights:

Lamarcus Joyner video highlights:

Lamarcus Joyner is selected by the St. Louis Rams with the 41st pick (Second Round):


Joyner put off the NFL for one more year in 2013 and came back to lead Florida State to a 14-0 record and the BCS National Championship, becoming the first Seminole defensive back to be named a consensus First Team All-American since 2000 and being named one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award. Joyner, who started at safety in 2011 and 2012, was a playmaking disruptive force at nickel back during his senior season, totaling 69 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. No defensive back had more sacks than the 5-8, 190-pound star. Joyner’s most impressive performance came at then-No. 3 Clemson where he recorded eight solo tackles, one sack, an interception and forced two fumbles, including one on the Tigers’ first offensive play from scrimmage that quieted the “Death Valley” crowd and set the tone for FSU’s 51-14 victory. The Fort Lauderdale, native played in 55 games with 41 starts and totaled 197 tackles and eight interceptions during his four-year career. 

“I’m very excited for Lamarcus,” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He’s one of the great Seminoles of all time and one of my favorite players of all time. He was an unbelievable team leader for us. He’s a very versatile player that’s going to have  a great career in the NFL.”

Joyner is the 36th Seminole defensive back selected in the NFL Draft dating back to 1950 and the first Nole selected by the St. Louis Rams since Jerome Carter in 2005 (fourth round).

Joyner joins former Seminole cornerback and teammate Greg Reid (2009-11) on the Rams’ roster. 

Kelvin Benjamin at his introductory press conference with the Panthers:

Kelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin has a message for fans on his instagram (@kelvinbenjamin1):

Kelvin Benjamin highlights:

Kelvin Benjamin is selected No. 28 overall by the Carolina Panthers! 

Benjamin is the first Seminole wide receiver drafted since 2007 (Chris Davis, fourth round, Panthers) and the highest since Javon Walker was drafted No. 20 overall by the Green Bay Packers in 2002.

“I was nervous, at the same time I just put my trust in God,” Benjamin said. “Whatever team falls in love with me, I’m just going to come put my heart into that organization. I’m ready to get up to (Charlotte) and meet the fans and see the city. I think for the most part it will be a (smooth transition). We ran a pro-style offense and (Carolina) runs a pro-style offense. I just have to get in there and learn and put the work in. That’s what I plan on doing. I guess you can say I’ve been a fan (of the Panthers) since Cam (Newton) came. I always dreamed of coming and playing with Cam and contributing to the organization. (I admire) his will to compete and win. That’s something Jameis (Winston) had. That’s something I love with a quarterback and I will go and do anything for him.”

He is the fifth first round pick of the Jimbo Fisher era (since 2011) and the 40th Seminole ever drafted in the first round. 

“I’m extremely proud and happy for KB,” Fisher said. “He has worked extremely hard to get to where he has gotten today. He’s extremely talented, but I truly believe his best football is ahead of him. We are very fortunate to have had him at Florida State. He was a critical part of our National Championship team. He was one of the great players in Florida State history and he is going to be a great pro.” 

Benjamin was the Seminoles’ breakout star in 2013. The 6-5, 240-pound receiver led the ACC and tied the FSU record with 15 touchdown receptions, including the game-winning 2-yard score with 13 seconds remaining in BCS National Championship. His signature performance came against rival Florida in the Swamp when he caught nine balls for 212 yards and three touchdowns. The Belle Glade, Fla., finished the season with 54 receptions for 1,011 yards. He averaged 18.7 yards per catch and one touchdown every 3.6 catches – the second-best mark in the country among wide receivers. He captured All-ACC Second Team honors and Sports Illustrated tabbed Benjamin a First Team All-American.

Benjamin joins former Seminole Graham Gano on the Panthers current roster. He is the first Seminole drafted by the Panthers since Everette Brown in 2009 (second round, no. 43). 

Who goes first?

Last year, the Seminoles had 11 players selected in the NFL Draft. How many ‘Noles will realize their NFL dream over the next three days? 

Two of Florida State’s biggest stars last season, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin have been in the mix as possible first rounder. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King has Jernigan going No. 16 to the Dallas Cowboys, while NFL Network’s Mike Mayock has Benjamin off the board at No. 27 to the New Orleans Saints. 

Florida State has 39 first round pick all-time, including four during Jimbo Fisher’s tenure as a head coach – Christian Ponder (No. 12, 2011), EJ Manuel (No. 16, 2013), Bjoern Werner (No. 24, 2013), Xavier Rhodes (No. 25, 2013). 

Since 2011, Florida State has had 18 players selected for the NFL Draft. 

Podcast: NFL draft talk:

Fisher set to appear on NFL Network’s draft coverage:
Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher will be at Radio City Music Hall this weekend and part of the NFL Network’s 2014 NFL Draft Coverage.

Fisher will appear live on the NFL Draft Pre-Show at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with host Chris Rose, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, Stanford head coach David Shaw and analyst Charles Davis.

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Mellor: NFL draft preview:

Florida State set a school record last year with 11 NFL draft picks and when the three-day 2014 version of the league’s annual selection process kicks off Thursday night, another run on ‘Noles prospects will also begin.

Whether or not FSU can match last season’s total number of picks depends entirely on a process that is defined by uncertainty. And while there are no guarantees about which Seminoles get picked, Timmy JerniganKelvin BenjaminLamarcus JoynerTerrence BrooksTelvin SmithChristian JonesDevonta Freeman and Bryan Stork are widely considered sure-fire selections. James Wilder, Jr. and Kenny Shaw also have a good chance of being drafted while Jacobbi McDanielDemonte McAllister and Chad Abram could interest some NFL teams.

The Seminoles’ record-setting 2013 draft was highlighted by the first-round selections of EJ Manuel, Bjoern Werner and Xavier Rhodes. This year, Jernigan or Benjamin are potential candidates to become the 40th player in program history to be picked in the opening round.

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