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Bosa, Ramsey expected to go early in NFL Draft

Seminoles, Gators should be represented in first round

Ohio State's Joey Bosa and Florida State's Jalen Ramsey are projected to be among the top defensive players chosen in the NFL Draft. Photos courtesy of Ohio State and Florida State

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa grew up in South Florida and dreamed of one day playing for the Miami Dolphins, just like his father did before him.

That isn't likely to happen -- at least not in Miami.

Bosa, whose father, John Bosa, was a first-round draft pick of the Dolphins in 1987, is expected to be one of the top defensive players selected in Thursday night's NFL Draft in Chicago.

The Dolphins, who have the No. 13 overall pick, are in need of a young pass rusher, but they don't expect Bosa to be available when it's their turn to choose.

Bosa and Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey are projected to be among the top five players drafted.

Initially, it seemed Ramsey could have been headed for his home state of Tennessee, where the Titans held the No. 1 overall pick. But the Titans swapped spots with the Los Angeles Rams, who are in need of a franchise quarterback, so it's unlikely that Ramsey will follow in the footsteps of former teammate Jameis Winston -- the No. 1 pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year -- and become the top selection from the same school for the second consecutive year.

The Philadelphia Eagles also swapped spots with the Cleveland Browns so they could pick second. It is widely reported that the Eagles will target a quarterback.

Ramsey, who played both cornerback and safety for the Seminoles, could wind up in San Diego, Dallas or Jacksonville. The Chargers, Cowboys and Jaguars are next in line after Philadelphia in the draft order.

Florida Gators cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III should hear his name called in the first round. The three-time Southeastern Conference first-team player intercepted 10 passes in his career.

Defensive end Jonathan Bullard could be a surprise first-round pick. He started all 14 games for the Gators last season and led the team with 17.5 tackles for loss.

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No Miami players are expected to be drafted on the first day, but at least one is projected to go in day two. Cornerback Artie Burns is projected to be the top Miami player chosen in this year's draft, possibly as early as the third round. Other Hurricanes who could be drafted are safety Deon Bush and defensive tackle Ufomba Kamalu.

Another Florida State player who is expected to go early in the draft is kicker Roberto Aguayo, who declared with a season of eligibility remaining. Aguayo won the Lou Groza Award, given to the best kicker in college football, as a freshman in 2013 and finished his career as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history.

While it's rare for a kicker to be drafted in the first round, the last man to do so also played for the Seminoles. The Oakland Raiders chose Sebastian Janikowski with the 17th overall pick in 2000.

Two quarterbacks who hail from South Florida -- North Carolina State's Jacoby Brissett and Western Kentucky's Brandon Doughty -- are expected to go in the later rounds of the draft.

 

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