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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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2nd-day draft steals? Dalvin Cook, Forrest Lamp could go early; Joe Mixon, too

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The last two players to be selected with the first pick of the second round of the NFL draft were New York Giants star safety Landon Collins in 2015 and Cleveland Browns promising pass rusher Emmanuel Ogbah last year. The point being there is plenty of big-time talent left on the board when the first round ends. That is especially the case this season, when the draft class was considered to have more first-round talents than first-round picks. Six players…

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NFL Draft Day 1: former Bucs legend John Lynch makes huge splash as 49ers GM

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It didn’t take long for former Tampa Bay Buccaneer John Lynch to make an impact as the first-year general manager of the San Francisco 49ers. Slated to draft second overall, the rookie executive literally hoodwinked the Chicago Bears into giving up three lower-round draft picks to move up from the third pick. Lynch, recently inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor, simply ran rings around his counterpart, Ryan Pace, and the Bears organization. The Bears got what they wanted, North…

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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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Bucs still pondering what to do with running back Doug Martin

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Is Doug Martin running on empty? Martin, the Tampa Bay Bucs’ back who was second in the NFL in rushing two seasons ago, but who fell off substantially a year ago (to 421 yards) and finished the season suspended for PEDs, remains the property of the Bucs. However, there has been much speculation that the Bucs might check out a first-round running back in the upcoming draft. The Bucs are still trying to figure out if they can give a…

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State of Florida has a lot of college players worth drafting

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It’s early in the draft yet, but there seems to be plenty of talent in the state of Florida for the NFL teams to pick through. According to Walterfootball.com, there are some two dozen players who are worth grading by the pros going into the NFL Combine. Those start with FSU’s Dalvin Cook, rated by the website as the No. 2 running back in the draft and worthy of a top 25 selection. Other offensive players worth considering should be…

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