St. Louis Rams pick Lamarcus Joyner: Florida State NFL Draft 2014

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

The St. Louis Rams drafted Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner with the 41st pick, in round two. He is the second Seminole to be picked in the 2014 NFL draft.

Out of the famed Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas School, Joyner has been one of the best players in the state of Florida since 2007. The former 5-star was one of Jimbo Fisher's first huge signings, and many elite players followed him to Talahassee. He excelled at both safety and corner for Florida State, and was almost always the fastest player on the field, a true heat-seeking missile despite not always having the best 40-yard dash times. FSU's coaches loved Joyner from the moment they laid eyes on him, and he is an example of how truly special players can overcome their lack of size. Joyner also has the arms of a much taller player.

FSU bio...

Unanimous All-American
Jim Thrope Award Finalist
Bronko Nagurski Award Finalist
Ultimate Herbie Award Winner
All-ACC First Team
Coaches All-ACC First Team

2013: Was the first Seminole defensive back to be named a consensus first team All-American since 2000...just the seventh DB in FSU history to garner consensus first team All-American honors joining players like Deion Sanders, LeRoy Butler and Terrell Buckley...named a first team All-American by eight different groups...one of the most versatile defensive players in America who had gone from starting 27 straight games at safety (2011-12) to an attacking corner in defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's new scheme...led the `Noles with 5.5 sacks and was second on the team with 69 tackles...no defensive back in the country had more sacks than Joyner... the senior came back to school foregoing the NFL and set career-bests for tackles (69), TFL (7.0), sacks (5.5) and forced fumbles (3)...showed the nation how disruptive a force he could versus Clemson recording eight solo tackles, one sack, an interception and forced two fumbles that led directly to 17 points, more than Clemson scored the entire game...named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week, FWAA Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, Lott IMPACT Player of the Week, CFPA National Defensive Back of the Week and ACC Defensive Back of the Week (among others) for his performance at Clemson...posted new career highs with 2.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles for loss at Pitt on Sept. 2...registered a team-high nine tackles at Pitt which also set a new career high...recorded six solo tackles and a pass break-up at Boston College on Sept. 28...four tackles, one TFL and a pass break-up against NC State...made six tackles with 0.5 TFL against Miami...registered four tackles and assisted on a five-yard sack at Wake Forest...had sacks on back-to-back plays (one assisted and one solo) against Syracuse...missed a sack attempt against Idaho's Taylor Davis, but ran down and tackled WR Dezmon Epps 68-yards downfield to save a touchdown; finished with four total tackles...tied for the team lead with five tackles at Florida and was also credited with a QB hurry...recorded his second INT of the season in the ACC Championship Game versus Duke...had five tackles and 0.5 sacks in the BCS National Championship game... leader on nation's top-ranked pass defense (156.6 ypg)...also helped the `Noles lead the nation in scoring defense (12.1 ppg) and interceptions (26), and ranked third in total defense (281.4 ypg).

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