Quarterback Alex McGough finished his college career as one of the top players in the history of FIU football.
Now, he'll have chance to make an NFL roster.
The Seattle Seahawks selected McGough with the 220th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft. McGough is the eighth player in FIU history to be drafted and the first quarterback.
McGough became the Panthers' starter two weeks into his collegiate career in 2014 and never relinquished it, save for the final three games of the 2016 season when he was injured.
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His career numbers: 9,091 passing yards (second in FIU history), 65 touchdowns (a school record) and 45 interceptions. He threw for more than 300 yards in seven games, including a career-high 390 against Old Dominion in 2015. As a senior, McGough led the Panthers to an 8-4 record during the regular season and to the program's third bowl game. He injured his collarbone in that game — a 28-3 loss to Temple in the Bad Boys Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.
He's also the first quarterback the Seahawks have taken in the draft since Russell Wilson in 2012.
While it's highly unlikely that he'll dethrone Wilson, McGough will have the opportunity to compete for a roster spot. His competition for the backup role: Austin Davis and Stephen Morris (a former Miami Hurricane).
In other draft selections from around the state:
▪ Five Florida Gators were drafted over the course of the three days: Defensive tackle Taven Bryan (1st round, 29th overall, Jacksonville Jaguars), cornerback Duke Dawson (second round, 56th overall, New England Patriots), wide receiver Antonio Callaway (fourth round, 105th overall, Cleveland Browns), punter Johnny Townsend (fifth round, 173rd overall, Oakland Raiders) and safety Marcell Harris (sixth round, 184th overall, San Francisco 49ers).
Callaway, a Booker T. Washington alumnus and arguably one of the top receivers in the class in terms of talent, slid to the fourth round due to a slew of off-the-field troubles during his career at Florida.
One surprising name not included here: Kicker Eddy Pineiro, the Miami native and former high school soccer standout at Miami Sunset.
Even though he never attempted a field goal in a live game before coming to UF, he left Gainesville as one of the most decorated special teams players in program history. Pineiro connected on 29 of his final 30 field goals attempted as a Gator, including the last 16 straight. For his two-year career, Pineiro made a UF record 84.8 percent of his attempts (38 for 43) and made all five of his attempts from 50 yards.
The Miami Dolphins visited with him heading up to the draft, but instead drafted New Mexico's Jason Sanders with the 229th pick.
▪ The Florida State Seminoles had five players drafted: safety Derwin James (first round, 17th overall, Los Angeles Chargers), defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (third round, 75th overall, Kansas City Chiefs), offensive lineman Rick Leonard (fourth round, 127th overall, New Orleans Saints), defensive end Josh Sweat (fourth round, 130th overall, Philadelphia Eagles), and tight end Ryan Izzo (seventh round, 250th overall, Patriots). It marks the fifth time in six years the Seminoles had at least five players drafted in a single year.
▪ Linebacker Shaquem Griffin was the fourth and final UCF Knight drafted, with the Seahawks selecting him with the 141st overall pick in the fifth round. He joins cornerback Mike Hughes (first round, 30th overall, Minnesota Vikings), wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (third round, 91st overall, Saints), and Jordan Akins (third round, 98th overall, Houston Texans). Four selections is tied for the most in UCF history with the 2003 draft class, a group that was headlined by Fort Lauderdale native Asante Samuel.
▪ The University of South Florida had two players drafted: Deadrin Senat (third round, 90th overall, Atlanta Falcons) and wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantiling (fifth round, 174th overall, Green Bay Packers). Senat was the first USF player to be selected in the top 100 overall picks since Kayvon Webster in 2013.