Former Florida Gators defensive back Duke Dawson was the first state or local player drafted Friday night on Day 2 of the NFL draft. Dawson was the No. 56 overall pick to the Patriots, who got that selection from a trade with the Bucs.
Dawson had 13 passes defended and four interceptions last year as UF's top veteran in the secondary. The 5-foot-10, 202-pound Cross City native had six interceptions, 82 tackles and 23 passes defended over his four-year career.
He's the second UF player drafted so far, after defensive tackle Taven Bryan. He'll join Lakewood High alumnus Isaiah Wynn, whom the Patriots drafted in the first round Thursday evening.
Other notable players with state ties still on the board as the second round nears its end: former Clemson receiver Deon Cain (Tampa Bay Tech), ex-UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin (Lakewood High) and former Florida State defensive end Josh Sweat.