Live updates: Jordan Travis among Florida, local NFL draft Day 3 picks

Florida State star quarterback Jordan Travis is headed to the Jets after New York took him in the fifth round (No. 171 overall). He remains the state’s Day 3 headliner but isn’t the only one worth noting.

Berkeley Prep alumnus Jaylen Harrell, an edge rusher from Michigan, was drafted by the Titans at No. 252. That means he’ll be joining his former high school teammate, offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere, in Tennessee.

Other seventh-round picks include Seminoles tight end Jaheim Bell (No. 231, Patriots) and linebacker Tatum Bethune (No. 251, 49ers). Three Hurricanes have been taken, too: cornerback Jaden Davis (No. 226, Cardinals) Miami center Matt Lee (No. 237, Bengals) and Miami safety James Williams (No. 242, Titans).

Travis was one of the most intriguing prospects on Day 3. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound passer left FSU as one of the most accomplished players in program history. He’s the Seminoles’ only player ever to rush for at least seven touchdowns in four consecutive seasons. He also broke school records in total touchdowns (97) and total offense.

Travis finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting last season despite missing the final two games with a leg injury. Other injuries sidelined him at points in two previous years, too, but when he played, he was an electric escape artist with an arm that was more than capable.

Travis is the first FSU quarterback to be drafted since Jameis Winston went No. 1 overall to the Bucs in 2015. Travis becomes the third FSU player on the Jets’ roster, joining former ACC defensive player of the year Jermaine Johnson and running back Jacques Patrick.

Fourteen picks later, one of his top targets, Johnny Wilson, had his wait end. Wilson went in the sixth round (No. 185 overall) to the Eagles. The Arizona State transfer is the eight player from the Seminoles taken this year.

Wilson was one of the ACC’s top receivers in his two seasons in Tallahassee. He starred in the 2022 Cheez-It Bowl against Oklahoma with 202 receiving yards — the most by a Seminoles receiver in six years.

His 6-foot-6, 231-pound frame and athleticism made him difficult to defend. He also improved his pass-catching ability in his FSU tenure. He totaled 1,514 receiving yards on 84 catches with seven touchdowns for the Seminoles.

Local high school players drafted

T.J. Tampa and Micah Abraham are the latest Pinellas County products headed to the NFL.

Tampa, from Lakewood High, went to the Ravens in the fourth round (No. 130 overall). He wasn’t one of the nation’s top 1,000 recruits in the 2020 class, despite playing at one of the top programs in the Tampa Bay area. He started 29 games at Iowa State and grew into one of the top defensive backs in the nation.

The 6-foot-1, 194-pound athlete was a second-team all-Big 12 performer in 2022 and a third-team All-American in 2023. In his final collegiate season, he posted 44 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups. According to the Cyclones, he allowed only one touchdown in his final 497 snaps in coverage.

ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. called Tampa the “steal of the draft.”

He joins a long list of NFL players (at least 16 draft picks) produced by Lakewood. Notable names include first-round picks Isaiah Wynn, Dante Fowler Jr., William Floyd, Tom Carter, two-time Super Bowl champion (and USF product) Marquez Valdes-Scantling and former Bucs/Gators receiver Louis Murphy.

In the sixth round, Abraham was drafted by the Colts (No. 201 overall). The East Lake High alumnus earned all-Sun Belt Conference honors in his final two seasons as a defensive back at Marshall. He’s the son of Donnie Braham, a former Pro Bowler with the Bucs.

Michigan’s Jaylen Harrell went near the end of the seventh round. He’s an edge rusher from Berkeley Prep and a two-year starter with the Wolverines.

Two players from local high schools were chosen in the first two days: Tampa Bay Tech alumnus Michael Penix Jr. (No. 8 overall, Falcons) and Clearwater Central Catholic alumnus Johnny Newton (No. 36 overall, Commanders).

UCF starts Day 1

UCF wide receiver Javon Baker kicked off Day 3 for Florida prospects in the NFL draft. The Patriots took him in the fourth round (No. 110 overall).

The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Atlanta native and transfer from Alabama was one of the Big 12′s top receivers last season as the Knights transitioned to a major conference. He led the league with 1,139 receiving yards, and his yards per catch (21.9) ranked second nationally. He finished with 52 catches and seven touchdowns.

In the sixth round, teammate Tylan Grable went to the Bills (No. 204 overall). He started 27 games at offensive tackle for the Knights.

We’ll update this post as more state/local players are chosen.

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