Trio Taken

Florida State didn't have a player taken in the first round of the NFL draft for the second consecutive year Saturday. Linebacker <b>Michael Boulware</b> went to Seattle at No. 53 and tailback <b>Greg Jones</b> went two picks later in the second round to Jacksonville. Defensive tackle <b>Darnell Dockett</b> was the first pick of the third round and will join former teammate <b>Anquan Boldin</b> in Arizona.

Michael Boulware will change positions in the NFL.

Boulware, an outside linebacker for the Florida State Seminoles, was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in Saturday's NFL draft with the 21st pick (53 overall) in the second round. He was the first FSU player drafted.

Boulware was picked following a telephone conversation with the Seahawks, who asked if he was willing to play safety. Boulware had hinted the same position change for his senior season at FSU, but the coaching staff felt he was too valuable at outside linebacker.

Boulware welcomed the position change.

"I really think that's fitting for my body (type)," Boulware said.

Tailback Greg Jones went to Jacksonville two selections after Boulware. Jones is expected to join former Florida running back Fred Taylor in the Jaguars' backfield. Jones was the sixth running back selected.

Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, rated by many as the third best player at his position, had to wait until Arizona Cardinals selected him up with the first pick of the third round.

While disappointed he was passed over by teams in the second round, Dockett is also excited about his future.

"I've overcome a lot and been dealt a lot of bad hands in my life and have always come out on top," Dockett said.

Receiver P.K. Sam, who opted to skip his senior season for the NFL, heads the list of FSU players available for rounds 4-7 today. Linebacker Kendyll Pope, defensive end Kevin Emanuel and cornerback Stanford Samuels are other possibilities.

Miami had a record six players selected in Saturday's first round.


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