Following the National Championship, Florida State saw seven Seminoles drafted during the 2014 NFL Draft, with a handful more signing on around the league as free agents. Not only did that set a new FSU two-year NFL Draft record, but it also set up the possibility that the ‘Noles can top the three-year span that USC put together between 2008-2010 when they had a total of 27 players drafted. With 18 Seminoles taken in the last two years, a stacked Florida State roster would only have to produce nine draft picks during next year’s draft.
But for now, here’s how some of Florida State’s former players and current NFL rookies have done during the first two days of the preseason.
Devonta Freeman, who was selected in the 4th round, 103rd overall by the Atlanta Falcons made his debut Friday night and didn’t disappoint. Freeman had 10 carries for 50 yards – a long of 14- and also gathered a single reception for 57 yards.
Kelvin Benjamin, who was Florida State’s sole first-round pick during the 2014 draft, gathered his feet enough after tripping up a little bit to make a spectacular catch for his first reception, which also happened to be a 27 yard touchdown.
The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Telvin Smith in the 5th round, 144th overall, and it looks like Smith may find himself a regular in Jacksonville’s defense. Smith not only had a pair of solo tackles and defended a pass during his time on the field Friday night, but he also brought the necessary pressure that led to an interception, while following that up with the key block that led to the return for a touchdown.
It was the St. Louis Rams that not only signed Greg Reid to a free agent contract, but also drafted a deserving Lamarcus Joyner in the 2nd round, 41st overall. While Joyner works to solidify a role in the Rams’ defense – currently 3rd string free safety – Greg Reid seems to be getting a lot of looks as a kick returner and a punt returner. Joyner recorded a pair of solo tackles Friday night, while Reid had a kick return for 25 yards and a punt return for 11 yards.
Former FSU running back James Wilder Jr. signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals and hopes to find playing time within a crowded backfield. Wilder had a pair of rushes for seven yards and one reception for four yards Thursday night against the Chiefs.
Two more Seminole rookies will take to the gridiron Saturday night when the Detroit Lions take on the Cleveland Browns at 7:30. Chad Abram, who signed a contract with the Lions will meet former teammate Jacobbi McDaniel, who looks to have a good chance of making the final roster in Cleveland.