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April 27, 2013

NFL draft, Day 3: FSU sets new school record

For Florida State's former stars, Saturday's NFL draft was a day of reunions. And records.

Florida State led all schools with 11 players drafted, setting a new school record for players taken in a single draft.

And with Saturday's action, when six more FSU players found homes, four teams ended up taking multiple FSU players (Buffalo, San Francisco, Washington and Minnesota).

Florida State's previous draft class record was 10 players selected in the 1995 NFL Draft.

It started with former FSU running back Chris Thompson, who was the first to go on Saturday as he was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round (No. 154 overall). Recovered from a serious back injury that cut his 2011 season short, Thompson rushed for more than 700 yards in 2012 before another hurdle emerged in the form of a torn ACL.

The injury hurt his NFL stock, but the film he provided pre-injury was enough to woo the Redskins.

"I get to play with RG3. You just can't beat that!!!!! Man I thank God for this opportunity. Shanahan is the man," Thompson tweeted after the pick.

He tweeted later: "Redskin Nation Baby!!!! So happy man."

Thompson goes to an ideal situation when it comes to young running backs; of the top 10 rookie rushers in NFL history, five have played for Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.

Eight picks after Thompson came off the board, the Redskins nabbed FSU defensive end Brandon Jenkins. Like Thompson, Jenkins (foot) was also recovering from a season-ending injury. He had 13.5 sacks during a decorated junior season in 2011.


After taking quarterback EJ Manuel in the first round on Thursday night, the Buffalo Bills dipped back into the FSU pool, taking kicker Dustin Hopkins at No. 177 overall (6th round). With the addition of Hopkins, Buffalo now has six FSU players on its roster - Manuel, Hopkins, linebacker Nigel Bradham, Shawn Powell, offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders, and long snapper Garrison Sanborn.

Linebacker Nick Moody was taken by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round (No. 180 overall), where he'll join second-round pick and fellow former FSU defender Tank Carradine.

"Couldn't have went into a better situation," Moody tweeted. "Happy to be a part of the 49ers."

San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh told the NFL Network that he can't wait to see the 6-foot-1, 236-pound Moody - a special teams ace for FSU - "cover kicks."

Vince Williams was the 10th Seminoles selected as he was the 206th overall selection in the sixth round.

Everett Dawkins was the record-breaking draftee as he was taken in the seventh round by the Minnesota Vikings, 229th overall. Dawkins joins teammate Xavier Rhodes who was taken 25th overall by the Vikings.

Receiver Rodney Smith signed a rookie free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings while fullback Lonnie Pryor inked a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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