Nerves nestled closer to the edge of couches across the country as prospects stared at TV screens and kept cellphones close, hoping their names would be called on Saturday, the final day of the 2015 NFL Draft.
But that wasn’t a problem for most Florida State Seminoles.
The Seminoles set a modern-day draft record with 29 draft picks in the past three years and also tied their school record with 11 selections this year. The three-year mark tops Miami and Southern California’s previous record of 28 players since the draft went to seven rounds.
Five Seminoles were selected in Rounds 4 through 7, four were selected in Rounds 2 and 3, and two were drafted in Thursday’s first round.
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Offensive guard Tre’ Jackson was the first Seminole selected Saturday, when the New England Patriots picked him No.12 in the fourth round. The Jaguars drafted wide receiver Rashad Greene and the Bills drafted running back Karlos Williams in the fourth round with the No.3 and No.19 picks, respectively. The Bills also took tight end Nick O’Leary with the No.18 selection in the sixth round, and offensive guard Bobby Hart was taken by the Giants with the No.9 pick in the seventh round.
O’Leary is the grandson of golfing great Jack Nicklaus.
“Tre’ is one heck of a player,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement. “He is as tough as they come. He was often our best offensive lineman most games over the past two years. I’m happy for him and his family. He should be a perfect fit for the Patriots organization and excel in the NFL.”
Greene, who played at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, joins former Raiders Sam Young and Brandon Linder in Jacksonville.
The Colts selected Central Florida strong safety Clayton Geathers at No.10 in the fourth round. The Texans took South Florida’s Reshard Cliett with the No.35 pick in the sixth round. The Redskins drafted Bulls’ center Austin Reiter with the No.5 selection in the seventh round.
“It’s great,” Geathers said in his first interview with the Colts. “The opportunity is a blessing to be a part of the Colts. I’m ready to come in and get started. … I just got that phone call [Saturday], and it was a relief. I’m glad to be a Colt.”
Many seventh-round draft picks are cut before training camp, and those who do make it will compete for limited snaps or play on special teams.
That’s where Hart was selected, and his New York City stage couldn’t be bigger.
“Thanks to my family for being behind me,” Hart posted on Twitter. “Thanks to #FSU for preparing me n Thanks to the Giants for giving me an opportunity #GMEN!”