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NFL draft state prospects

With the NFL draft starting Thursday night, it should be a return to prominence for the colleges of the Sunshine State, who combined for an inexplicable zero first-round draft picks last year, but could have as many as six in 2013, based on mock-draft projections.

If the state has six first-rounders, that would match the most since 2002, when there were seven; a year earlier, there were eight.

Here's a look at this year's prospects:

Name Pos. School Projected round

Sharrif Floyd DT Florida 1

Tank Carradine DE Florida State 1

Menelik Watson OT Florida State 1

Bjoern Werner DE 1-2

Matt Elam S Florida 1-2

Jonathan Cyprien S FIU 1-2

EJ Manuel QB Florida State 2

Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State 2

Jordan Reed TE Florida 3

Jon Bostic ILB Florida 4

Mike Gillislee RB Florida 4

Jelani Jenkins OLB Florida 4

Josh Evans S Florida 4

Brandon Jenkins OLB Florida State 4

Kayvon Webster CB USF 4-5

Brandon McGee CB Miami 4-5

Lerentee McCray OLB Florida 4-5

Dustin Hopkins K Florida State 5-6

Xavier Nixon OT Florida 6

Anthony McCloud DT Florida State 6-7

Rodney Smith WR Florida State 6-7

Cory Grissom DT USF 6-7

Troy Davis LB UCF 6-7

Ramon Buchanan LB Miami 6-7

Brandon Hepburn LB FAMU 6-7

Mike James RB Miami 6-7

Ray-Ray Armstrong S Miami 6-7

Latavius Murray RB UCF 6-7

Tourek Williams DE FIU 6-7

Sam Barrington LB USF 6-7

Vince Williams LB Florida State 7

Antonya English, Greg Auman, Times staff writers

NFL draft state prospects 04/23/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 4:52pm]

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