• Mariah Reeve

Six Florida State players drafted to the NFL


On April 26-28 inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex., the 2018 NFL Draft took place. Florida State University had six football players to be drafted, and three players are currently free agents.

Safety Derwin James was selected by the Los Angeles Chargers in round one with pick 17 overall. Defensive Tackle Derrick Nnadi went to the Kansas City Chiefs in round three with overall pick 75. Offensive lineman Rick Leonard was selected by the New Orleans Saints in round 4 with overall pick 127. Defensive end and "edge" Josh Sweat went to the Philadelphia Eagles in round 4 with overall pick 130. Tight end Ryan Izzo was selected by the New England Patriots in round 7 with overall pick 250, and receiver Auden Tate was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in round 7 with overall pick 253.

Remaining free agents are listed below:

Cornerback Tarvarus McFadden (draft projection: fifth or sixth round)

Outside linebacker Matthew Thomas (draft projection: sixth or seventh round)

Outside linebacker Jacob Pugh (draft projection: priority free agent)

Florida State’s six draft picks are the most since an ACC-record of 11 in 2015, also held by Florida State. The team was tied with three other teams (Penn State, Georgia, and Miami) with six picks in the 2018 NFL draft.

Since 2010, Florida State has had 51 draft picks, which is the fifth highest in the whole nation. Florida State has also had at least one draft pick in each of the last 35 drafts. This is a streak that began in 1984. Rick Leonard has been the third offensive tackle and also the fifth offensive lineman drafted from Florida State in the last four years, Ryan Izzo is the second Seminole tight end drafted in the last four years, and Auden Tate is the third FSU wide receiver drafted in the last five years.The Seminoles have produced 285 draft picks total over the years.

This has been a good year for the Seminoles, with six of their top players being drafted into the NFL and having new team members for the Tomahawk Nation to be drafted as well. Maybe just maybe 2018 is the year of the Noles.

Most information for this article came from Seminole follower pages and the FSU sports page.

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