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).
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) April 28, 2019
With those two selections comes a number of milestones for Seminoles in the draft. Among them:
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.
— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) February 15, 2018
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.
Kept the undefeated season alive and secured Bobby's 300th win.
Janikowski. ✊ pic.twitter.com/CDFR5a1W4X
— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) April 29, 2019