The Florida State Seminoles set a record with 29 NFL draft picks from 2013-15, but perhaps even more astonishing is the amount of money those players have already earned in their short professional careers.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, those 29 draft picks have already earned more than $168 million. That’s an incredible figure, considering the short span of time those players have been in the league and the fact NFL rookies now have to wait until their second contract to really make what they’re worth.
Once players such as Jameis Winston, Devonta Freeman, Timmy Jernigan and Telvin Smith sign those second deals, that total figure will rise considerably.
And just like any good recruiter, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff will use this information to their advantage.
“Oh yeah,” Seminoles recruiting coordinator Tim Brewster said when asked about the Tallahassee Democrat story being on Twitter. “Loved it. Loved it. You know I like that stuff. I like to use that stuff.”
As if Florida State needed anymore help with landing recruits. With 17 recruits committed, the Seminoles 2018 recruiting class is ranked second in the ACC and 10th nationally according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Nine of those 17 recruits are rated as 4-star prospects.