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Lakewood ranks among state’s best at producing NFL draft picks

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Lakewood has a penchant for producing NFL talent. In the past two decades, the Spartans had nine players who were drafted, the most of any area team and the fifth-most in the state according to a list produced by MaxPreps.

Five of those players are still playing in the NFL, tops among local programs. Lakewood was the only school not from Broward or Dade County in the top five.  Nationally, the Spartans are tied with two other schools for ninth overall during that span.

The Lakewood legacy

A list of Spartans selected in the NFL Draft the past 20 years (2001-20)

2002

WR Tim Carter

College: Auburn

Drafted: 2nd round (46th overall) by the New York Giants

2009

WR Louis Murphy

College: Florida

Drafted: 4th round (124th overall) by the Oakland Raiders

2012

DB Jonte Green

College: New Mexico State

Drafted: 6th round (196th overall) by the Detroit Lions

2015

DL Dante Fowler

College: Florida

Drafted: 1st round (3rd overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars

2017

Griffin twins
Photo credit: Seattle Seahawks

CB Shaquill Griffin

College: UCF

Drafted: 3rd round (90th overall) by the Seattle Seahawks

WR Rodney Adams

College: USF

Drafted: 5th round (170th overall) by the Minnesota Vikings

RELATED: Looking back at the locals from the 2017 draft

2018

Photo credit: Courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman

OL Isaiah Wynn 

College: Georgia

Drafted: 1st round (23rd overall) by the New England Patriots

LB Shaquem Griffin

College: UCF

Drafted: 5th round (141st overall) by the Seattle Seahawks

WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

College: USF

Drafted: 5th round (174th overall) by the Green Bay Packers

RELATED: Looking back at the NFL locals from the 2018 draft

There were several area programs included in the list. Armwood had five players selected in the NFL Draft the past 20 years, the second-highest total among local teams and tying for 16th overall in the state along with 11 others.

Here are the five Hawks taken during that span.

2002 

OL Mike Pearson

College: Florida

Drafted: 2nd round (40th overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars

2015 

RB Matt Jones

College: Florida

Drafted: 3rd round (95th overall) by the Washington Redskins

2017

DB Leon McQuay III

College: USC

Drafted: 6th round (218th overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs

2019

Photo credit: Courtesy of the New England Patriots/David Silverman

DL Byron Cowart

College: Auburn/Maryland

Drafted: 5th round (159th overall) by the New England Patriots

RELATED: Looking back at the NFL locals taken in the 2019 draft

2020

P Sterling Hofrichter

College: Syracuse

Drafted: 7th round (228th overall) by the Atlanta Falcons

RELATED: Former Armwood star Sterling Hofrichter picked by Falcons

Gaither, Hillsborough and Jefferson each had four players drafted the past 20 years and are tied with 13 other state teams for 17th overall.

Gaither

2005 

WR J.R. Russell

College: Louisville 

Drafted: 7th round (253rd overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2010

WR Carlton Mitchell

College: USF

Drafted: 6th round (177th overall) by the Cleveland Browns

2018 

QB Alex McGough

College: FIU

Drafted: 7th round  (220th overall), by the Seattle Seahawks

2019

Photo credit: Detroit Lions

CB Amani Oruwariye

College: Penn State

Drafted: 5th round (146th overall) by the Detroit Lions

Hillsborough

2003

DE Andrew Williams

College: Miami 

Drafted: 3rd round (89th overall) by the San Francisco 49ers

RB Chris Davis

College: Syracuse 

Drafted: 5th round (165th overall) by the Seattle Seahawks

2004

DB J.R. Reed 

College: USF

Drafted: 4th round (129th overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles

2016

DB Anthony Brown

College: Purdue 

Drafted: 6th round (189th overall) by the Dallas Cowboys

Jefferson

2002

WR Reche Caldwell

College: Florida

Drafted: 2nd round (48th overall) by the San Diego Chargers

2008

WR Andre Caldwell

College: Florida

Drafted: 3rd round (97th overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals

2015

LB Ramik Wilson

College: Georgia

Drafted: 4th round (118th overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs

2016

WR Chris Moore

College: Cincinnati 

Drafted: 4th round (107th overall) by the Baltimore Ravens

East Lake, Plant and St. Petersburg Catholic each had three selected in the past 20 years and are tied with 24 other programs for 44th overall in the state during that span.

East Lake

2016

Photo credit: Los Angeles Rams

TE Tyler Higbee

College: Western Kentucky

Drafted: 3rd round (110th overall) by the Los Angeles Rams

RELATED: The list of East Lake NFL draft picks could grow

2018

OL Mason Cole

College: Michigan

Drafted: 3rd round (97th overall) by the Arizona Cardinals

2020

LB Justin Strnad

College: Wake Forest

Drafted: (178th overall) by the Denver Broncos

RELATED: Justin Strnad’s difficult path to the draft

Plant 

2005

WR Mike Williams

College: USC

Drafted: 1st round (10th overall) by the Detroit Lions

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2012

TE Orson Charles

College: Georgia

Drafted: 4th round (116th overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals

2014   

QB Aaron Murray

College: Georgia

Drafted: 5th round (163rd overall) by the Kansas City Chiefs

St. Petersburg Catholic

2003

FB Casey Moore

College: Stanford

Drafted: 7th round (247th overall) by the Carolina Panthers

2007

WR Chris Davis

College: FSU

Drafted: 4th round (128th overall) by the Tennessee Titans

2014

OL Jon Halapio

College: Florida

Drafted: 6th round (179th overall) by the New England Patriots

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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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