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Jalen Ramsey injury casts a pall over Jaguars

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Oh no, not again! Those had to be the first words to enter the mind of Jacksonville Jaguars’ Coach Gus Bradley when he learned of the injury to top draft pick Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey, an All-American cornerback from Florida State, was the fifth player taken overall in the recent NFL Draft. On Friday, Ramsey suffered a small meniscus tear on his right knee during team workouts. Anything involving injuries to the knees of athletes rightfully rattles anyone who wishes the…

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Gators lead Florida schools with 7 draft picks

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The NFL Draft concluded on Saturday. From the top pick of California’s Jared Goff by the Rams, to Southern Mississippi’s Kalan Reed by Tennessee, 253 players were chosen over the three days. The final selection is traditionally crowned “Mr. Irrelevant.” The draft is a time where schools other than traditional football powers send along top quality professional talent. Harvard, Minnesota, Indiana, William & Mary and many others have high draft choices or multiple players heading to the pro ranks. This…

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Florida teams make solid picks, take some chances

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There are no brainers in the NFL draft and there are cases of rolling the dice. Florida’s three NFL teams took some risks over the first three rounds, but they also hit the draft lottery. Thursday was all about the tale of Miami selecting Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil with the 13th overall pick. Tunsil’s history of NCAA rule violations in college and the photo of him smoking something with a bong dropped him from a top-five pick into…

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Florida schools provide key NFL draft stories

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Thursday’s first round of the NFL draft provided some surprises and disappointments along with plenty of cases where the mock drafts were accurate. Players from Florida schools and native Floridians fell into all three categories. Meeting expectations were the two who were always projected to be chosen within the top 12 picks. Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey was in the top five in nearly all mock drafts and his selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars at number five was well received.…

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Best foot forward: Could kicker Roberto Aguayo go in second round?

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Roberto Aguayo has tried not to buy into the speculation that he might be the first kicker in 11 years to be selected in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. But with the draft less than two weeks away, everything is lining up well for the former Florida State kicker. Because of rules changes the past two years and many considering Aguayo to be the most complete kicker to be in the draft in a while, it was…

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Floridians set to make big impact on NFL draft

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Next Thursday a few Floridians will hear their names called when the NFL Draft begins in Chicago. No fewer than four of the first dozen selections will have Florida ties. Cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey of Florida State and Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III from Tampa are well known to most college football fans. Both are certain to go among the top dozen picks with Ramsey poised to be among the top three. Another projected top five pick is Ohio State defensive end…

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Florida State secondary a confident unit that will be “fine”

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Things are quieter without Jalen Ramsey patrolling the Florida State secondary. That doesn’t mean the unit doesn’t still have plenty of confidence without last season’s boisterous leader. Even with the loss of Ramsey, who is expected to be a top 10 pick in next month’s NFL draft, most of the secondary returns. Last season Florida State was 21st in the nation against the pass, allowing just 191.6 yards per game. “He was one of those guys who let you know…

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