Draft Day

Who will be the first Florida State Seminole selected in today's NFL Draft? <b>Darnell Dockett? Greg Jones? Michael Boulware?</b> Or how about <b>P.K. Sam? </b>The San Diego Chargers own the first selection, where they are expected to take Mississippi quarterback <b>Eli Manning.</b> As many as six Miami Hurricanes could go in the first round as well.

Many were surprised by Florida State receiver P.K. Sam's decision to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

Well, it could prove to be a wise, if not wealthy move with the start of the NFL Draft today. Sam, who was initially earmarked as a middle-rounder, reportedly has improved his stock during individual workouts.

The lanky Sam posted a 4.4 40-yard dash during the past month and teams have been impressed with his frame and hands. Questions, however, remain about his route running and downfield blocking.

"I know there were a lot of doubters but like I said before, I felt like it was time for me to go," Sam told The Tallahassee Democrat.

Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett could very well be the first Seminole selected. He's projected to be a second-rounder, along with tailback Greg Jones, linebacker Michael Boulware and possibly Sam.

NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has Sam going ahead of Dockett and Jones, while others have Sam dropping into the fourth or fifth rounds.

While Dockett's past is well-documented, he enjoyed a banner senior season and was named MVP of the Senior Bowl.

The bruising Jones, meanwhile, has recovered from reconstructive knee surgery -- he tore his ACL against Wake Forest in 2002. While Jones' 40 time during workouts has not been as low as he hoped, many teams remain intrigued by the powerfully-built Jones.

Questions, however, remain about his pass-catching abilty out of the backfield.

Boulware, the younger brother of former Seminole great and current NFL standout Peter Boulware, is expected by many to be the first Seminole selected and is projected as an early second rounder.

While FSU produced two first-round picks four times from 1997 to 2001, only receiver Javon Walker has been selected in the first round the past two seasons.

Experts are projecting at least six Seminoles will be drafted.

Linebacker Kendyll Pope, defensive end Kevin Emanuel and defensive back Stanford Samuels also are possibilities.


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