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More Than A Dozen Former FSU, FAMU Football Players Scooped Up By NFL

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Kelvin Benjamin at practice, March 2012

During last weekend’s annual NFL draft nearly a dozen Florida State football players were snapped up by pro teams. With a couple FAMU players also getting a shot, Tallahassee schools could get more representation in the NFL.

Florida State University’s Kelvin Benjamin was the highest pick, going in the first round to the Carolina Panthers. Two more went in the second round, one in the third, two in the fourth and one more in the fifth. Five more FSU players signed with teams as free agents. FAMU Athletics spokesman Alvin Hollins says that market is where two FAMU players also found opportunities.

“Brandon Denmark is a linebacker and I think he’s actually from Tallahassee. He signed on with Green Bay. He was our top prospect he was our leading tackler this past season," Hollins said. "Then, Frank Mays is a defensive end who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.”  

FAMU’s John Ojo is in talks with several teams and FSU’s Jacobbi McDaniel has a tryout to get a free agent deal with the Cleveland Browns. Players who sign as free agents don’t get as lucrative of contracts as those who are drafted, but they have more teams to choose from. Players who are drafted still have to earn their spot on a team, but when they do, they usually get longer contracts.

Seminoles Selected in 2014 NFL Draft

Kelvin Benjamin        WR        No. 28, Round 1     Carolina Panthers

Lamarcus Joyner       DB        No. 41, Round 2       St. Louis Rams

Timmy Jernigan         DT        No. 48, Round 2     Baltimore Ravens

Terrence Brooks         DB        No. 79, Round 3     Baltimore Ravens

Devonta Freeman      RB        No. 103, Round 4    Atlanta Falcons

Bryan Stork             OL         No. 105, Round 4   New England Patriots

Telvin Smith             LB         No. 144, Round 5   Jacksonville Jaguars 

Undrafted and Signed Free Agent Deals

Chad Abram                  FB      Detroit Lions

Christian Jones            LB      Chicago Bears

Demonte McAllister   DT      Seattle Seahawks

Kenny Shaw                 WR     Cleveland Browns

James Wilder, Jr.        RB      Cincinnati Bengals

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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