Sunshine State showed up big on night two of the draft

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Friday night’s second and third rounds of the draft saw teams have a field with the players available from Florida schools. Nine players from five different schools in Florida were  drafted during these rounds.

The University of Florida led the way with four players being drafted on Friday night. The heart of UF’s secondary Marcus Maye (39th), Quincy Wilson (46th), and Teez Tabor (53rd) were each taken in the second round just seven picks away from each other, respectively. In the third round, linebacker Alex Anzalone was selected 76th by the New Orleans Saints.

Florida State saw two of their top prospects get drafted in the second round as well. Dalvin Cook finally saw his plummet come to a halt in Minnesota when the Vikings selected him with the 41st pick. Powerhouse defensive end Demarcus Walker heard his name called just ten picks later when the Denver Broncos used their pick at 51 to select him.

In a draft that is filled with cornerback talent, the University of Central Florida’s Shaquill Griffin finally got the phone call that he had been drafted. With the 90th pick, the Seattle Seahawks selected Griffin to add to their already growing secondary. Griffin was the only prospect expected to be taken from UCF and landed right where he was projected in the third round.

The final two picks from Florida schools came from Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University. Tight end Jonnu Smith from FIU was drafted with the 100th pick by the Tennessee Titans, adding another weapon to a Marcus Mariota led offense. Linebacker Trey Hendrickson from FAU went to the New Orleans Saints at pick 103, set to compete with Anzalone for playing time.

There is always talk of the number of players that Florida schools can produce for the NFL and this draft is showing that so far. The talent level is incredibly deep from this state and rounds 4-7 will continue to see draft prospects from Florida schools hear their names called.

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