Seahawks draft Christmas, ‘Noles sign free-agent deals

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Demarcus Christmas found a home on the final day of the NFL draft as the Seattle Seahawks selected the former Florida State defensive tackle in the sixth round.

Christmas joins defensive end Brian Burns, who was taken in the first round, as Seminoles who were picked in the seven-round draft.

The 6-foot-3, 294-pound Christmas had 105 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in his FSU career.

FSU has had at least two draft picks in each year for 10 straight years and gives the Seminoles 53 since the 2010 draft.

Christmas was a third-team All-ACC pick in 2018, when he had 28 tackles, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry. He continues FSU’s tradition of defensive linemen selected, raising the total to 25 since 2000.

FSU hasn’t been as much of an NFL factory of late, with 14 players selected in the last four drafts. But the Seminoles have produced a pair of Pro Bowl defensive backs in Jalen Ramsey (Jaguars) and Derwin James (Chargers).

Receiver Nyqwan Murray and defensive lineman Walvenski Aime will join Christmas in Seattle after both signed free-agent deals. Defensive tackle Fred Jones agreed to a deal with the New York Jets, while offensive lineman Derrick Kelly will join that New Orleans Saints.

Two other Seminoles, Jacques Patrick and Alec Eberle, are still pursuing NFL contracts.