April 14, 2012; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive back Lamarcus Joyner (20) celebrates after a play during the first half of the Florida State spring game at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE
Florida State did not send a lot of talent to the NFL following the 2011 season, with only four Seminoles being drafted:
I'd say the Seminoles have a chance to more than double their total 2012 NFL draft output next year on the defensive side alone.
The 'Noles bring back one of the best defenses in the country, and this unit has a chance to be the best nationally in 2013. The defense includes ten seniors:
J. McDaniel (DT)
E. Dawkins* (DT)
M. McCray* (DT)
A. McCloud* (DT)
B. Jenkins (DE)
C. Carradine (DE)
V. Williams (LB)
N. Moody* (LB)
T. Stevens* (DE/LB)
G. Reid (CB)
I expect all but Stevens, McCray. Williams and McDaniel (who should redshirt off a nasty leg injury) to be drafted. That would be six draftees on the defensive side alone.
But to truly have a huge draft year on the defensive side, the 'Noles would have to have some underclassmen go pro early:
B. Werner (DE)
C. Jones (LB)
X. Rhodes* (CB)
L. Joyner (S)
There is some debate as to whether these players will go pro, but there is no debate that they are some of the best players on an elite defense. If I had to guess at this absurdly early juncture, I'd say that three of the four make the jump to the league. That would be nine. But double digits is certainly not out of the question.