Larry Blustein

MONDAY TAKE: Area Prospects Ready For The NFL Draft

Larry Blustein
March 25, 2019 - 12:59 pm

If you are a south Florida football fan, this is your time of year.

While we often boast that Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach have far more prospects playing in the NFL than any other area in the nation, it plays out every year.

This year’s NFL Draft will take place next month (April 25-27), but right now, several local prospects are going through the drill – trying to do everything and anything possible to get selected by a professional team.

While Ohio State’s Nick Bosa, who starred at St. Thomas Aquinas, is truly the story in this draft. The brother of the Chargers No. 3 selection in the first round in 2016, is a daily guess to see where he goes.

The importance of where he ends up is indeed a big deal. The state of Florida, since the draft began with Chicago University’s Jay Berwanger being selected by Philadelphia in 1936, there has been only one Florida selection ever as the No. 1 overall pick.

For south Florida residents who remembered one of the best athletes ever to compete in any sport he played at South Broward High, legendary Auburn University standout Tucker Frederickson went to the Giants in the 1965 NFL Draft, no other player from the Sunshine State has been in that position.

While quarterback Kyler Murray is rumored to be the pick at No. 1, Bosa will end up on the west coast – with his brother – and with a 49er team that is really on the move. Not faulting the Cardinals, who took Josh Rosen a year ago, but Bosa is one of those difference makers who can impact a team from Day 1.

While we will wait and see how all that top pick stuff plays out, there are other south Florida prospects who also figure to be drafted.

Among those scheduled to be selected during the seven rounds include former Plantation American Heritage and FSU Defensive End Brian Burns. This gifted athlete should be taken in the first 10-15 selections. He is a big time talent, who will impact this league from the first day.

Another local football talent that figures to be picked in that range is Michigan standout linebacker Devin Bush, who was a two time All-Big-10 selection and a one-time linebacker for the 8A state champion Flanagan Falcons, which was coached by his father, who was an NFL standout after a stellar career at FSU and Hialeah-Miami Lakes.

With over 60 players on NFL rosters from south Florida this past season, expect Clemson’s Trayvon Mullen, the MVP in the national championship win over Alabama, to also be taken in the first two rounds after a tremendous career in college.

Two other area standouts figure to be in the early rounds of the draft – when University of Miami defensive end Joe Jackson (Gulliver Prep), Florida outside linebacker Vosean Joseph (Norland).

South Florida also figures to be well represented with athletes such as Georgia cornerback DeAndre Baker (Northwestern), FAU running back Devin Singletary (Delray American Heritage), Miami LaSalle standout outside linebacker Terrill Hanks (New Mexico State) and former Deerfield product Riley Ridley, who has watched his brother make a solid transition to the next level.

South Florida continues to send players to the next level – with University of Miami and Killian High teammates Jaquan Johnson and Sheldrick Redwine, who will both impact NFL teams in many ways.

Other prospects looking to get a chance as a draft pick include Notre Dame linebacker Tre’von Coney (Palm Beach Gardens), Boston College defensive end Wyatt Ray (St. Thomas Aquinas) and South Dade receiver Trye Brady (Marshall).

University of Miami running back Travis Homer (West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy) showed flashes in college that he was indeed a player who could make an impact the next level. So did University of Florida and St. Thomas Aquinas running back Jordan Scarlett.

Another player who has a chance to make his way into the draft also includes former Miami Carol City standout Rashad Fenton, a tremendous cornerback and return specialist from the University of South Carolina.

Once again this year, the talent is ripe for south Florida to have another banner year – where college prospects become NFL players. The beat goes on!

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