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Miami’s Brad Kaaya, UF’s Caleb Brantley among NFL Draft’s biggest losers

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Most of the Miami, Florida State and Florida players were chosen at or near their projections in the NFL Draft with two glaring exceptions. Yes, Dalvin Cook was thought to be a first-rounder, but the other state players drafted in the second or third round went as expected. The exceptions were Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley and Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya. Brantley was not taken until the first pick of the 6th round by the Cleveland Browns while Kaaya lasted…

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NFL Draft: second and third round good for state collegians

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The second and third rounds of of the NFL Draft on Friday night saw plenty of action for players from Florida universities. It took two rounds and 41 picks, but Dalvin Cook has finally found an NFL home. The Minnesota Vikings traded up with the Cincinnati Bengals to acquire Florida State’s all-time leading rusher. “We started making some calls once we knew he was sliding into the second day,” said Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman. “We felt he was just…

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5 biggest NFL Draft Day 1 surprises and what to look for in Day 2

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There were a few unexpected things that cropped up during Thursday’s first round of the NFL Draft. Some are more impactful than others, but from a Floridian’s point of view, these stood out. Dalvin Cook’s free fall from the first round. Some of the mock drafts said this could happen, but we thought his character scrapes from a younger age would not hurt him that much. Many thought Cook would go to the Tampa Bay Bucs, but GM Todd Licht…

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One week out from NFL Draft, Dalvin Cook’s stock is dropping

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With the NFL Draft only one week away, former Florida State star Dalvin Cook has gone from arguably the best back in the draft to possibly falling to the second round. After an underwhelming result at the NFL Scouting Combine, Cook’s stock appears to be dropping. Before the Combine, Cook himself made the case the he was the best running back in the draft. The critics came out soon after, and Cook was no better than the third rated running…

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Florida State begins replacement search for RB Dalvin Cook

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For the third straight year, the battle to fill one of Florida State’s major offensive positions will once begin be the Seminole’s main focus during spring practices. This time though, it isn’t quarterback. It’s running back. With Dalvin Cook leaving early for the NFL draft, coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff began spring practices on Monday seeing who can replace the school’s career rushing leader. Cook is still a big fixture around the school’s football facilities, and not just from…

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FSU’s DeMarcus Walker expects old school, physical game vs. Michigan

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Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker has prepared for plenty of different offensive schemes during his four years in Tallahassee, but facing Michigan in the Orange Bowl is one that has piqued his interest the most. “It is going to be an old school game — Dick Butkus, Jack Lambert type of football,” said Walker on Friday after the 10th-ranked Seminoles completed another practice in preparation for the Dec. 30 game. “You see a lot of spread and zone read from different…

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No. 12 Florida State preparing for Deshaun Watson, No. 3 Clemson

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Florida State is hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself as it prepares to face another Heisman Trophy contender. The 12th-ranked Seminoles had one of their worst games of the Jimbo Fisher era in a thumping against Lamar Jackson and No. 5 Louisville. On Saturday, they face Deshaun Watson and third-ranked Clemson for the third time. “You watch the consistency he plays with, he throws the deep ball, the short ball, can run,” Fisher said of Watson. “He’s a great competitor…

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