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Revisiting College: Auburn and Florida St. players currently on 49ers


The BCS Championship game lived up to the hype last night after Florida State capped off the victory in dramatic fashion over the Auburn Tigers on the final drive of the game (See above). There was a good crop of  elite draft prospects on both squads and many future NFL players were on full display in the biggest game they will ever play in college. The San Francisco 49ers currently have a solid group of young and veteran talent from these schools so let’s take a look at their  careers in college and draft stock heading into their respective classes.


Florida St. Seminoles –

Anquan Boldin:

A former Florida Player of the Year at quarterback, Boldin was initially recruited out of high school to play QB for the ‘Noles. Boldin eventually converted to WR for more playing time and it paid off as he accumulated 118 rec. 1,790 Yds. and 21 TD’s. Boldin was the last FSU receiver to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark in a season 11 years ago, up until last night’s BCS Championship game when Rashad Greene reached the 1K mark. Although he was more known for his physicality and ball skills Boldin ran a 4.7 40 yd dash in the combine which led to serious doubters. Spoiler Alert: He proved them wrong. (Drafted 2003 2nd Rnd 54th by AZ)


Cornellius (Tank) Carradine:

Carradine originally played at Butler CC where he massed 26 sacks in 2 years, then transferred to FSU in 2011. Relatively unknown heading into his final year Carradine was forced into the starting role after injuries and made the most of his opportunity. He was selected to the 1st team All ACC after posting 11 sacks and 13 TFL through 12 games. His draft stock took a serious hit when he suffered a torn ACL late in his senior season and was unable to attend the combine. (Drafted 2013 2nd Rnd 40th by SF)


Nick Moody:

Moody was all over the field for the FSU defense playing the rover, safety, and linebacker position during his 3 year stint. In first year he took a redshirt after being forced to have surgery on his shoulder and continued to be plagued with a groin injury his junior year. Moody’s best statistical year was in 2010 when he played safety, totaling 79 tackles (4 TFL) and 1 int. which he returned for a score. With his bad injury history and inability to stick at one spot in college, Moody faced an uphill climb coming out and was seen as nothing more than a special teams ace. (Drafted 2013 6th Rnd 108th by SF)


Auburn Tigers –

Carlos Rogers:

Rogers had an illustrious career for the Tigers from 2001-2004 during Tommy Tuberville’s tenure. He was named to Auburns All Decade team for the 2000’s and still holds their career pass deflection record of 40, which is good for 2nd in SEC history. Rogers started 44 games in college and tallied 7 interceptions while posting 182 total tackles. Coming into the 2005 draft Rogers was a highly regarded prospect and as balanced of a corner you will find. (Drafted 2005 1st Rnd 9th by WSH)


Corey Lemonier

Lemonier was a limited contributor for the 2010 Auburn Tigers title squad as a true freshman, playing only in situational pass rush packages.  He broke out in a big way his sophomore year racking up 47 tackles 13.5 TFL and 9.5 sacks, officially putting him on the radar as an elite pass rush talent. Lemonier’s senior campaign ended on a downswing as he only managed to get .5 sack in his last 8 games which ultimately hurt his draft stock. (Drafted 2012 3rd Rnd 88th by SF)

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