Jimbo Fisher's football program at Florida State has been dominant over the past three seasons, amassing 39 wins in 42 games while hauling in a national championship and three straight ACC crowns. That dominance on the field is now being reflected in the NFL Draft, where FSU has a chance to break the modern record for draft picks over a three-year span this week in Chicago.
The current three-year record for picks from a single school is 28, held jointly by Miami (2002-2004) and USC ('08-'10). After seeing 11 players taken in 2013 and seven more in 2014, FSU needs to have 11 players selected in this year's draft to set a new high mark.
Florida State had more players invited to February's NFL Combine than any other school, as 12 'Noles participated in the week-long event in Indianapolis.
Of those 12 players, 10 appear to be safe bets to be selected at some point in this year's draft – Ronald Darby, Mario Edwards Jr., Cameron Erving, Eddie Goldman, Rashad Greene, Tre' Jackson, Josue Matias, Nick O'Leary, P.J. Williams and Jameis Winston. Winston is a favorite to be selected first overall by Tampa Bay, and he's a virtual certainty to make FSU the first school to produce three first-round quarterbacks in a five-year span, following former 'Noles Christian Ponder (selected 12th by Minnesota in 2011) and EJ Manuel (16th to Buffalo in 2013).
If those 10 players are taken as expected, it could be a duo of fringe players that puts FSU over the top in Bobby Hart and Karlos Williams.
Williams could be an attractive pick as a number two running back, as he possesses freakish athleticism and size along with the top-end speed to contribute in the NFL. Having made the switch from safety to running back just two seasons ago, Williams is still a bit raw, and his instincts and feel for the position are not great. With 4.48 speed in the 40-yard dash and a 230-pound frame, however, it would not be surprising to see Williams come off the board as a mid- to late-round pick.
Hart, who played offensive tackle in Tallahassee, projects to play inside as a guard in the NFL. At 6-foot-5 and nearly 330 pounds, Hart has an NFL frame and is only 20 years old after starting as a freshman for FSU as a 17-year-old in 2011. Hart is viewed as an underachiever from his time at FSU, but the pass blocking responsibilities he struggled with at tackle won't be the same as he will see at guard, where he is better suited as a run blocker.
Hart projects as either a late-round selection or undrafted free agent in this week's draft, depending on where you look.
With such a talented class of potential draftees, FSU looks likely to break the three-year record by matching or exceeding its output of 11 selections in 2013. Much of the class projects to be selected in the early rounds, meaning that it will mostly depend on Hart and Williams to determine if FSU is able to break the record, as the Seminoles would hit 30 selections over the last three years if all 12 of its prospects hear their name called in Chicago.