The NFL combine, which begins February 28th, is one of the biggest events on the yearly football calendar. Over three hundred former collegiate football players will gather in Indianapolis, Indiana this week for the opportunity to showcase their talents for NFL executives and scouts. One program that has continually had players invited to this prestigious event is Florida State University.
Since the combine’s inception in 1982, the NFL has invited 224 Florida State athletes to compete, a total that exceeds all other universities. This week Florida State will have eight former players attending this event, the fifth highest total of all universities at this year’s combine.
The two strongest standouts of the Florida State participants, running back Dalvin Cook, and defensive end Demarcus Walker are projected to have an outstanding week. Both players have had exceptional collegiate careers and seem poised to continue their success at the next level. Many NFL pundits believe that Dalvin Cook has a legitimate chance of being picked in the first round of this year’s draft. Some say that he may even be the first running back selected overall in 2017.
Demarcus Walker is projected to be picked in the second or third round. Walker drastically increased his draft stock this past season as he lead the nation in total sacks with an astounding 15.
The other six Florida State athletes invited to the combine are expected to be chosen in rounds four through seven, however they will all certainly use the combine as an opportunity to increase their draft stock. Only time will tell how well these athletes NFL career’s will pan out, but based on the numbers it is unquestionable just how much Florida State has prepared these young men for success in the NFL.
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