After 11 Florida State players were selected in the 2015 NFL Draft, 2016 was a down year for the Seminoles football program.
No Seminoles were chosen on the draft’s final day, and only two Florida State players (defensive back Jalen Ramsey and kicker Roberto Aguayo) had been selected over the previous two days.
The two Florida State draft picks are the fewest out of Tallahassee since 2009, when defensive end Everette Brown was the only Seminole selected.
While no Florida State players were selected on the draft’s third day, several athletes who attended local high schools heard their names called.
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The San Francisco 49ers selected LSU defensive back Rashard Robinson, who attended Blanche Ely High in Pompano Beach, in the fourth round. Robinson, who has dealt with a number of off-field issues during his time in Baton Rouge, did not play during the 2015 season, and only appeared in 20 career games for the Tigers.
In the fifth round, the Seattle Seahawks chose Arkansas running back Alex Collins. Collins, who attended South Plantation in Fort Lauderdale, was one of three running backs the Seahawks selected in an effort to replace the retired Marshawn Lynch. Collins’ 1,577 rushing yards in 2015 ranked third in the SEC and 12th in the nation.
Former St. Thomas Aaquinas quarterback Jake Rudock joined the draft party in the sixth round. The Detroit Lions picked the quarterback, who started at the Iowa for two seasons before transferring to Michigan for his final season of eligibility. Rudock was named first-team all-county and offensive player of the year by the Herald after his senior season of high school. He joins a Lions team that has only backup Dan Orlovsky behind starter Matthew Stafford.
Wide receiver Daniel Braverman rounded out the local high school selections when the Chicago Bears selected him in the seventh round. Braverman, who attended University School in Fort Lauderdale, drew comparisons to slot receivers such as Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, and Danny Amendola from ESPN’s Mel Kiper. Braverman played at Western Michigan University, and he tied for second in the nation with 108 receptions in 2015.
Some players from Florida universities signed as undrafted free agents.
Eric Lee, a defensive end from the University of South Florida, signed with the Houston Texans. Lee served as a team captain for the Bulls during the 2015 season and was named to the American Athletic Conference second team.
A pair of players from FAU signed as undrafted free agents. Defensive lineman Brandin Bryant signed with the Seahawks, while defensive tackle Trevon Coley latched on with the Baltimore Ravens.
FIU defensive back Richard Leonard will join Lee in Houston. Leonard played defensive back and returned kicks for the Panthers.