NFL Draft weekend offered some opportunities for local prospects to live their dreams. Seven of the local prospects to enter this year’s NFL Draft will be in a minicamp in the next few days.
- Boston College offensive lineman Ian Silberman (Fleming Island High School) was drafted in the sixth round by the San Francisco 49ers. He will now have an inside shot at a backup lineman job in San Francisco. He could play mostly special teams as a rookie.
- Clemson linebacker Tony Steward ( Pedro Menendez High School) was drafted in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills. He is likely to play inside linebacker for Buffalo and compete to win a backup job. He could serve as a standout on special teams after an up-and-down college career.
- Rutgers offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson (Ed High White High School) signed with the Baltimore Ravens shortly after the draft concluded. He will now compete for a spot at guard. He could be an option for the practice squad if he fails to make the 53-man roster.
- Tennessee cornerback Justin Coleman (Brunswick High School) agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday. He will now learn from legendary secondary coach Mike Zimmer who is also the Minnesota Vikings head coach. Coleman will have an uphill battle to make the roster after the team drafted Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes in the first round.
- Clemson defensive lineman Tavaris Barnes (First Coast High School) signed a deal with the New Orleans Saints shortly after the draft. Barnes will compete along the defensive line and may battle for a linebacker spot as well. His versatility may earn him a roster spot as he can play multiple positions and got several free agent offers before signing with the Saints.
- Central Florida linebacker Terrance Plummer (Orange Park High School) agreed to terms with the Redskins on Saturday night. He looks to fill the spot that one of heroes, London Fletcher, left open when he retired a few years back. He will compete with rookies and veterans to earn a spot on the final roster, which he has a great chance of making.
- Liberty safety Jacob Hagen (Orange Park High School) signed with the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night. He looks to make a roster that has little competition at the position. Hagen is also likely to perform on special teams.