With the Florida State Seminoles going 12-2 last season and capping it off this past January with an Orange Bowl Championship, it was evidently clear that the 2012 ‘Noles squad possessed a lot of top-tier talent. So far through the first two rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft, League coaches and executives apparently have taken notice of this as well.
Beginning Thursday night with the Buffalo Bills selecting QB E.J. Manuel with the 16th pick in the first round, essentially giving him the nod as their future signal-caller, the ball was rolling for the prospects from Tallahassee, Florida taking the next step in their football lives.
Following the Manuel selection Thursday night, DE Bjoern Werner was selected 24th overall by the Indianapolis Colts and CB Xavier Rhodes was chosen as the very next pick at 25 by the Minnesota Vikings.
All three of these talented young men played key parts in building the FSU brand back up the past few seasons and will certainly give their all in providing the same service to their new organizations.
Friday night, the Florida State trend continued into the second round.
Early into the second round, the San Francisco 49ers traded up to pick 34 from 40 to select highly touted DT Cornelius ‘Tank’ Carradine. Shortly thereafter at pick number 42, the Oakland Raiders selected Seminole OT Menelik Watson, giving the ‘Noles that impressive total of five selections through the first two rounds.
In all, the guys from this class won a total of 31 games throughout their time together in Tallahassee. All five of these players understand what it takes to build a winner, even if it was only at the college level. These particular players walked into Florida State University when it was going through some of its roughest times. They walked out with a conference championship and Orange Bowl rings.
Now, the question is, which one of these former ‘Noles will be the first to catch that ring that everyone in the NFL covets?