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Florida State's Record 2015 NFL Draft Will Be Huge Recruiting Tool

Sanjay Kirpalani@@SanjayKirpalaniNational Recruiting AnalystMay 4, 2015

USA Today

After having a nation-best 11 players get selected in the 2015 NFL draft, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff will have even more ammo to help the Seminoles continue to rack up new players on the recruiting trail. 

In fact, this year's draft may as well have an infomercial for the Seminoles' football recruiting department.

Florida State's showing last weekend continues a string of recent success in which the school has had 29 players drafted over the last three years—which broke the previous record of 28 in a three-year span held by both Miami and USC, as noted by Bob Ferrante of Noles247.

FSU Football @FSUFootball

The #Noles set the modern-day record for 3-year span picks (29) and also tie school-record with 11 picks in single draft with 2013.

With a cavalcade of former stars off to the NFL, Fisher and his staff will have to hit the recruiting trail to reload the ‘Noles roster with talent.

If the 2016 class is any indicator of future success, expect the pipeline from Tallahassee to the NFL to keep flowing in the coming years.

There are several reasons why Florida State can continue its dominance on the recruiting trail.

At the top of that list are Fisher and his staff’s resume for luring and developing top-flight talent at every position.

For example, as Dustin Tackett of Tomahawk Nation points out, Fisher has had a player drafted at every position over the last three NFL drafts.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

.@FSU_Football is 1st team in Common Draft Era (since 1967) to have a player drafted at every offensive position (OT, G, C, WR, RB, TE, QB)

What’s even more impressive about that stat is that the Seminoles have had at least three players selected at every offensive and defensive position except wide receiver (two) and tight end (one).

Included in that span are six first-round draft choices and another seven players who were selected in the second round.

The 2010-12 recruiting classes is where a majority of the Seminoles' draft output has come from—which is fitting because FSU was just one of four schools to sign a top-10 class in each of those years. Florida State's average class rank in that period was fourth.

Alabama, Texas and USC were the other three, but only the Tide—who have had 24 players selected in the last three drafts—can come close to matching the Seminoles' recent draft supremacy.

Vince Williams @VinnyVidiVici98

Don't mind us we're just gonna make history this weekend If you wanna go pro you might wanna consider FSU #justsayin http://t.co/Fnefv6zYSG

As former FSU and current Steelers linebacker Vince Williams—whose brother Karlos was selected in the sixth round on Saturday by the Buffalo Billsnoted via Twitter, recruits have to be impressed with what is going on in Tallahassee.

The ‘Noles already have 14 commitments in the 2016 cycle, and they are in the running for a handful of elite prospects such as 5-star defensive end Shavar Manuel, 5-star Keion Joyner and 5-star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, among others.

After watching last weekend’s festivities, elite prospects such as those three are likely to heavily consider the job Fisher and his staff have done in developing and preparing players for the next level. 

There’s no doubt that FSU’s draft success will play a pivotal role in helping the ‘Noles continue to cement their program as one of the country’s premier recruiting powerhouses.

Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

 

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