Injuries to offensive linemen Jauan Williams, Alec Eberle, Cole Minshew and Baveon Johnson have Florida State dealing with some depth issues in the trenches this spring.
Those problems had a heavy impact on the way the rosters for the Garnett and Gold spring game were drafted Saturday. According to Wayne E. McGahee of the Tallahassee Democrat, offensive linemen were selected with the first five picks of the draft.
Center Corey Martinez was drafted by the Gold team with the first overall pick. Derrick Kelly, Landon Dickerson, Josh Ball and Abdul Bello were picks two through five. The Garnett team picked the first non-offensive lineman by taking cornerback Stanford Samuels III with the sixth pick, but then took center Brady Scott with its next selection.
Nine of the 36 draft picks were offensive linemen. All the scholarship linemen were selected before an offensive skill player (wide receiver, tight end or running back) came off the board.
This is common draft strategy. When a position of need is scarce, the value of those players skyrocket.
While the Seminoles would love to have their entire line healthy, this may ultimately make the unit stronger as a whole. With so many players absent, a lot of reps have gone to players who may not have gotten them otherwise.
But it also led to wacky draft. It would be hard to convince anybody that some of the players taken in the middle and end of the draft did not deserve to be taken much earlier.