Bobby Hart is use to being a winner. He left high school powerhouse Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas as an elite recruit, a five-star prospect and the nation’s No. 4 offensive tackle in the 2010 class. Hart signed with Florida State and won a national championship. He helped the Seminoles get to the first ever college football playoffs back in January.
Now he’s gearing up for the NFL Draft.
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“It was a challenge,” Hart said of his time at FSU. “Playing for those guys and coach [Rick] Trickett [offensive line coach]. “But it was also rewarding because I became a player and he prepared me each week, for this [combine] and the NFL.”
Still, Hart knows he could have played better. Reflecting back on his time in Tallahassee Hart believes he didn’t quite take advantage of everything at his disposal.
“Honestly, I feel like I underachieved,” Hart said. “I have really done some self evaluating and there were certain situations that I didn’t entirely take advantage of. I wasn’t a professional and now I am learning how to be a professional.”
Still, Hart played all four years at Tallahassee, three as an offensive tackle. As a sophomore he played guard. It’s that position where Hart believes he will have the most success in the NFL.
“That’s what most of the scouts are telling me and that’s fine,” Hart said. “So I will be an offensive guard in the NFL. If that best suits me that I am all for it. I want a career in the NFL and I am willing to do whatever I need to.”
Just in the last 24-hours Hart has spoken with New England, Washington, Oakland, Denver, San Diego and Kansas City. In all, he expects to meet with at least two dozen teams.
“I started playing when I was five-years old,” Hart said. “This was always my dream. I knew then what I wanted to do.”
The icing on the cake for Hart is that he’s here in Indianapolis with 11 of his Seminole teammates, guys like quarterback Jameis Winston, offensive guard Tre Jackson, and tight end Nick O’Leary.
“Many of us came in together at FSU,” Hart said. “To all be here is comfortable for all of us. I am rooming with Tre and that helps.
“To think about all that we accomplished at Florida State is terrific. We helped bring Florida State back to prominence. Hopefully we left a nice blueprint for the younger guys at FSU.”
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