Polk County and the 2008 NFL Draft
Posted on April 29th, 2008 by Kris Keprios
“With the ……pick in the NFL Draft, the …… select…..”. These are words that every college football player longs to hear as they make the transition to the next step in their football careers. Several Polk County football players have heard these very words in the past. Names like Ray Lewis, Desmond Clark, Paul Edinger, Wayne Gandy and many others. This year, college football players from Polk County may not have heard those exact words, but they are certainly on their way to playing in the NFL. Here they are with a list of where they are headed:
Alex Boston (Bartow) – Florida State – Defensive End: Boston was not selected during the seven rounds of the draft, but was signed as a free agent the following day by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will report to rookie camp with the Jags May 15. Boston told The Ledger’s Rick Brown:
“I’m really not concerned,” he said. “Jacksonville did not have enough draft picks to draft me. But they signed me. They must have seen a lot in me to do that. Everything happens for a reason”
Lance Leggett (Bartow) – Miami – Wide Receiver: Leggett was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Browns and will report to their rookie camp soon. He will be competing for a WR spot on a very talented Browns offense.
Tony Joiner (Haines City) – Florida – Safety: Joiner will be heading Tennessee as he signed with the Titans following the draft as a free agent.
Justin Forsett (Mulberry) – Cal – Running Back: Forsett did not play at Mulberry High all four years due to a move to Texas his junior year, but he grew up in Polk County. He was drafted in the seventh round by the Seattle Seahawks.
We’ll keep you posted on all these players progress as they start the steep climb of making an NFL roster.