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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes staying in Florida?

The Florida schools are sending plenty of talent into the NFL this season, but could a couple of the prospects be drafted by local teams?


A pair of NFL prospects from Florida schools may not have to go far when they head to the NFL, as Florida's Sharrif Floyd and Florida State's Xavier Rhodes are projected to be selected by the Jaguars and Dolphins.

Floyd, the junior defensive tackle, is projected to be selected by Jacksonville with the No. 2 pick in the latest mock draft from Don Banks of Sports Illustrated. Floyd has risen up draft boards recently, with some considering him to be the top defensive player available. Projections for Jacksonville have been mixed, with Banks changing his pick from last week. SB Nation's Dan Kadar projected the Jaguars to select quarterback Geno Smith in his latest mock draft.

FSU's Rhodes is also projected to stay in the state of Florida, with Banks projecting Miami to select him with the No. 12 pick. Rhodes would be an excellent fit with the Dolphins, who are looking for a cornerback to replace Sean Smith after he departed in free agency. Kadar also projects Rhodes to stay in-state, although he has him going one pick later to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kadar has tight end Tyler Eifert going to Miami.

The Bucs are projected to go offense in Banks' mock draft, with wide receiver Tavon Austin as the pick. Austin is one of the most explosive players in the draft. He could be a dangerous weapon playing in the slot with Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams on the outside.

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