Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett comes in at No. 19 on our rankings of the Top-75 players in Florida State history. Dockett redshirted his first year in Tallahassee, but moved into a starting role the next season. He was named to two first team freshman All-American teams and was named Football News freshman defensive player of the year. His sophomore season was one of the most dominant seasons by a defensive tackle in Florida State history. He recorded a school record 22 tackles for loss to go along with 3 sacks and 68 tackles.
Dockett was a three-year first team All-ACC player for the Seminoles. He finished his career with 248 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and an incredible 65 tackles for loss. His 65 tackles for loss are a school record and is tied four fourth in NCAA history since they started recording that stat. He was named to multiple All-American teams as a senior in 2003. He was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
He was drafted in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He has been to three Pro-Bowls in 2007, 2009, and 2010 and was also named to the All-Pro team in 2009. He is tied for the record for most sacks in a Super Bowl with three. He currently plays for the San Francisco 49ers.
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