April 29, 2019 - by
Football Round-Up: Noles Wrap NFL Draft, UDFAs Sign, ‘Seabass’ Retires

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2019 NFL draft is in the books, with Brian Burns and Demarcus Christmas the latest Florida State standouts to hear their names called at the commissioner’s podium.

Burns, an All-America defensive end, went 16th overall to the Carolina Panthers, while the Seattle Seahawks drafted Christmas, Burns’ cohort on the defensive line, in the sixth round (209th overall).

With those two selections comes a number of milestones for Seminoles in the draft. Among them:

  • Burns is FSU’s 45th first-round pick of all time. FSU’s 45 first-rounders is tied for 10th-most in college football history and second-most in the ACC.
  • Florida State has had at least one player selected in every draft since 1984 – a streak which pre-dates Bobby Bowden’s “Dynasty era” (1987-2000). Only eight schools have longer active streaks.
  • Since 2013, Florida State leads the ACC with 42 draft selections.
  • Florida State, Alabama, Clemson and Florida are the only schools in the country with at least one first-round pick in six of the last seven drafts.
  • Burns and Christmas were the 50th and 51st defensive linemen drafted from Florida State. Burns is the 28th FSU D-lineman selected in the first three rounds.
  • 2019 marked the 12th time that multiple FSU defensive linemen were drafted in the same year. It also happened in 2018 (Derrick Nnadi, Josh Sweat).
  • Florida State’s 47 draft picks since 2012 is tied with Florida for the most in the state during that span.

UDFA signings rolling in, more Noles headed to Seattle: Christmas should find a few familiar faces in Seattle this summer. Since the conclusion of the draft on Saturday, the Seahawks have announced that they’ve signed former FSU receiver Nyqwan Murray and defensive tackle Walvenski Aime’ to free-agent deals.

Elsewhere, the New Orleans Saints signed offensive tackle Derrick Kelly II, and the New York Jets signed defensive tackle Fredrick Jones. It’s another legacy stop for Jones – his uncle, former FSU great Marvin Jones, played linebacker for the Jets from 1993-2003.

FSU UDFA signings:
WR Nyqwan Murray, Seattle Seahawks

DL Walvenski Aime’, Seattle Seahawks

OL Derrick Kelly II, New Orleans Saints

DL Fredrick Jones, New York Jets

Janikowski calls it a career: After 19 years, 436 field goals and two 60-yard field goals, Sebastian Janikowski is retiring.

The former Florida State All-American announced Sunday that he would not return for the 2020 season. He spent 18 of his 19 years with the Oakland Raiders, who drafted him 17th overall in 2000.

Incidentally, Janikowski was one of just two active players remaining from that 2000 draft. Tom Brady is now the only one left.

Florida State fans, of course, will remember Janikowski as one of the most successful figures – and colorful personalities – of the late 1990s.

A two-time Lou Groza Award Winner, two-time consensus All-American and a member of FSU’s wire-to-wire national championship team in 1999, Janikowski made 66 of 83 career field goal attempts and 126 of 130 extra-point attempts.

Years later, Bowden in an online interview joked, “Have you ever thought about how many national championships we might have won if we had Janikowski every year of my career?”

It’s a fun thought, Coach, but the Seminoles did do plenty of winning during Janikowski’s three-year career: 34 wins, only three losses, and that historic run in 1999.

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