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Looking back at the NFL locals from the 2017 draft

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The 2017 NFL draft was full of locals who were also stars in track and field. The top two picks among area standouts are both starters in the secondary for their teams. 

The Griffin twins
The Griffin twins/Photo credit: Seattle Seahawks

CB Shaquill Griffin, Seattle Seahawks

High school: Lakewood

College: UCF

Pick: Round 3 (90th overall)

A state champion in track, Griffin focused solely on football once he got to college. He had offers from several schools, including Miami, but turned them down to attend UCF so he could continue to play with his twin brother, Shaquem. As a senior, Shaquill had his best season with the Knights, recording 49 tackles and four interceptions in 2016. Taken by the Seahawks in the third round, Shaquill has recorded at least 59 tackles in each of his first three seasons. His best season came last year when he was named an alternate to the pro bowl.  In 2018, Shaquem joined the Seahawks as a fifth-round pick.

Rayshawn Jenkins
Rayshawn Jenkins/Photo credit: Los Angeles Chargers

S Rayshawn Jenkins, Los Angeles Chargers

High school: Admiral Farragut

College: Miami

Pick: Round 4 (113th overall)

The two-sport star grew up with 17 brothers and sisters and had a rough childhood. His escape was sports. Jenkins was a state champion in the hurdles at Admiral Farragut. He used those skills to become a solid contributor in the Hurricanes’ secondary and move up the draft charts. Taken by the Chargers in the fourth round, Jenkins has steadily improved. Last season, he played the most snaps of any defensive player on the team and finished with 54 tackles and a team-best three interceptions. 

WR Rodney Adams, Indianapolis Colts

High school: Lakewood

College: USF

Pick: Round 5 (170th overall by the Minnesota Vikings)

As a senior in 2016, Adams set USF single-season records for receptions (67) and yards (822). His 16 receiving touchdowns are the second-most in school history. Picked by the Vikings, Adams lasted one season before signing a reserve/futures contract with the Colts in February of 2018. Two months later, he retired from football. After a nearly two-year absence, Adams decided to return to the Colts and was reinstated. 

DB Leon McQuay III, Kansas City Chiefs

High school: Armwood

College: USC

Pick: Round 6 (218th overall)

A star in the secondary at Armwood and USC, McQuay was picked by the Chiefs in 2017 but struggled to permanently stay on the active roster. He was waived in May of last year.  

DL Joey Ivie, Tennessee Titans

High school: Pasco

College: Florida

Pick: Round 7 (228th overall by the Dallas Cowboys)

The Cowboys took Ivie after his impressive pro day at Florida. Waived in September of 2017, Ivie bounced from three teams (Falcons, Seahawks, Chiefs) before the Titans signed to their practice squad this past November. A month later, he was promoted to the active roster. 

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Former PHU/UCF star Jacob Harris goes to Rams in 4th round

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Jacob Harris, a former star at Palm Harbor University and Central Florida, was taken in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Rams.

Harris, a former soccer standout who did not start playing organized football until senior year at Palm Harbor University, has gone through a meteoric rise to become a sleeper pick in this year’s draft.

He started off as a walk-on at Western Kentucky before transferring to UCF. For the past two seasons, Harris was a dependable receiver for the Knights. As a senior, he had 30 catches for 539 yards and eight touchdowns.

Harris’ most memorable game came against USF this past season when he had five catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns.

With the Rams, Harris will join former East Lake star Tyler Higbee in a group of tight ends that features plenty of locals.  

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The local list of potential NFL picks

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The NFL Draft concludes Saturday. Plenty of locals have the potential to be picked. Below is the list of former area stars who could hear their name called. All were either on mock drafts or were selected to an all-star game or NFL Combine. 

Photos courtesy of UCF Athletics

TE Jacob Harris, Palm Harbor University/UCF

Harris, a former soccer standout who did not start playing organized football until senior year at Palm Harbor University, has gone through a meteoric rise to become a sleeper pick in this year’s draft. He started off as a walk-on at Western Kentucky before transferring to UCF. For the past two seasons, Harris was a dependable receiver for the Knights. As a senior, he had 30 catches for 539 yards and eight touchdowns. Harris’ most memorable game came against USF this past season when he had five catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns. 

OL Shane McGough, Gaither/Florida International

The younger brother of former Gaither and FIU quarterback Alex McGough redshirted as a freshman before becoming a consistent starter on the Panthers’ offensive line. He was an all-Conference USA honorable mention selection in 2018 and 2020. This past season, McGough started in four of FIU’s five games as a center.  

WR Antonio Nunn, Jefferson/Buffalo

Nunn, a dynamic deep threat at Jefferson, redshirted his first season at Buffalo before rocketing up the depth chart. He started every game the past two seasons, finishing with a combined 86 catches for 1,271 yards and eight touchdowns. Nunn was a third-team all-MAC selection in 2019 and second-team selection this past season. 

Photo courtesy of Indiana University Athletics

WR Whop Philyor, Plant/Indiana

A first-team, all-state selection at Plant, Philyor became Indiana’s most dependable receiving target during his college career. He finished with 2,316 all-purpose yards (2,067 receiving, 134 rushing, 66 kick return, 49 punt return) in 38 games (22 starts).Philyor also is the Hoosiers’ s all-time leader in double-digit catch games (7), ranks fourth in receptions (180), fourth in 100-yard games (7), ninth in yardage (2,067) and is tied for 16th in touchdowns (12). He capped off his career by setting a Big Ten bowl and Outback Bowl record with 18 receptions for 81 yards. 

DL Justus Reed, CCC/Virginia Tech

A first-team, all-state selection, Reed led Clearwater Central Catholic to its only state final appearance as a senior in 2013. He started out at Florida before spending three seasons at Youngstown State. This past season, Reed transferred to Virginia Tech as a graduate student. He started in 10 of the Hokies’ 11 games, finishing with 28 tackles and 6.5 sacks.  

Photo courtesy of USF Athletics

DB K.J. Sails, East Bay/USF

A highly touted high school recruit, Sails spent his first three years in college at North Carolina before transferring to USF. As a junior, he led the Bulls in interceptions with three and recorded 22 tackles this past season. Sails gained notoriety this past summer when he organized a unity walk during the social justice movement that was attended by about 400 teammates, coaches, administrators and community members.  

Oregon's Jordon Scott/Photo credit: Oregon Athletics
Photo courtesy of Oregon Athletics

DL Jordon Scott, Pinellas Park/Oregon

The three-star high school prospect originally committed to Florida before signing with Oregon. He immediately became a force on the Ducks’ defensive line, earning FWAA freshman all-America honors in 2017. Scott opted to return to Oregon as a senior rather than turn pro and helped the Ducks reach the Pac-12 title game for the second straight season. 

Photo courtesy of TCU Athletics Communications

TE Pro Wells, Hollins/Texas Christian

As a senior at Hollins, Wells had a breakout season, finishing with 31 catches for 952 yards and five touchdowns. He played at Milford Academy and Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he became the No. 4 JUCO tight end in the nation. After redshirting in 2018 at Texas Christian, Wells turned a reliable red-zone target and led the team in touchdown receptions each of the past two seasons. 

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Tre McKitty goes to Chargers in the third round

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Georgia tight end Tre McKitty, who spent time at Wesley Chapel and Tampa Catholic before transferring to IMG Academy, was selected at the end of the third with the Los Angeles Chargers’ compensatory pick (97th overall). 

He becomes the first player with area ties taken in this year’s draft. 

A three-star recruit at IMG, McKitty started his college career at Florida State, where he played in 35 games and caught 50 passes for 520 yards and a pair of touchdowns. 

McKitty (photo above courtesy of UGA Athletic Association) went to Georgia as a graduate assistant this past season. He finished with six catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. 

The Chargers have a knack for bringing in local talent. Former Admiral Farragut standout Rayshawn Jenkins was selected in the fourth by the Chargers in 2017. Sean Culkin (Indian Rocks Christian/Missouri) and Artavis Scott (East Lake/Clemson) spent time with team as undrafted free agents.  

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