The second day of 2019’s NFL Draft has come and gone, and the lone Seminole to hear his name called remains Brian Burns, whom the Carolina Panthers drafted in the first round on Thursday. Things wrap up this afternoon, with rapid-fire rounds four through seven.
We knew no ’Noles were going to hear their names called during Friday’s second and third rounds, but now the question for Florida State fans is apparent: will any other FSU players be drafted—and if so, when?
With 102 picks of a total 254 already made, defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas seems to have the best chance. CBSSports.com has Christmas ranked as the ninth best interior defensive lineman remaining, with an overall prospect ranking (including players already drafted) of 153rd. NFL.com isn’t as high on Christmas, deeming him the 14th best DT still on the board. I’d be a little surprised if someone didn’t snag Christmas late, but hardly shocked.
I would, however, be rather taken aback if any other Seminoles were chosen, because there’s a precipitous drop-off after Christmas. Receiver Nyqwan Murray is overall prospect No. 311, which isn’t ridiculously far from that 254 mark, but he’s CBS’ 30th best WR available, and No. 36 per NFL.com. Center Alec Eberle is right behind Murray, as prospect No. 321, but he has 29 other offensive linemen ahead of him, per CBS. Eberle’s specific background as a center may diminish that number slightly, but NFL.com doesn’t even have him on their radar.
Also listed behind 29 other players at his position is running back Jacques Patrick. In this weak year for RBs, Patrick is the 409th prospect, according to CBS. And like Murray, NFL.com believes that 36 players at his position are ahead of Patrick.
The longest of Florida State long shots to be ranked: offensive lineman Derrick Kelly II. Kelly is CBS’ 67th best OL player remaining, and the 489th overall prospect. Close behind him is former ’Nole Brock Ruble, as the No. 69 offensive lineman available and prospect No. 496. Ruble left FSU and wound up playing at Toledo.
The smart money here would certainly be on Christmas, but remember: it just takes one team to take a flier on a player, especially as a project in late rounds. One good interview, a connection with a coach, reminding a GM of a former player— it can happen; it happens several times in every draft.