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Ab_2 Rav_2 Cw_2 Vike Congratulations, to the first-ever two NFL Draft picks from FIU: Antwan Barnes and Chandler Williams.

Antwan joins one of the best NFL defenses with the Baltimore Ravens. Could you imagine being an NFL quarterback and having to stare down El Monstruo, along with Terrell Suggs, Trevor Pryce and Ray Lewis on Sunday afternoons?

GPP spoke with AB on Sunday afternoon. He was having a big problem in Aventura Mall. AB couldn't seem to find a store that sold a Ravens cap. GPP suggested Lids at Dolphin Mall.

AB did say former FIU and current Ravens running backs coach Tony Nathan encouraged him to stay positive him earlier Sunday morning, even though he had yet to be drafted.

"Being the first FIU player drafted feels real good," Barnes said. "This will give FIU players something to look up to. Something to dream about."

AB said he leaves Thursday for Baltimore to take a physical and starts Ravens rookie camp on Friday. When AB got drafted he was hanging out with Alex Bostic and he got phone calls from Keyonvis Bouie, a text from Nick Turnbull and a call from former coach Don Strock.

Mark your calendars: The Ravens play here against the Dolphins on Dec. 16.

As for Chandler. His family was having a draft party, but by the seventh round the family stopped watching the draft, but CW still kept his eye on it. The Denver Broncos called to offer CW a free agent contract at the beginning of the 7th round, but CW told them to wait and see if he got drafted.

The Vikings picked CW, but he didn't tell anyone at his party. He tried to play a practical joke on his family.

CW was going to tell his family that he had to settle for a free agent contract, but he didn't count on the NFL Network.  As he was going to play the joke on his family, the NFL Network showed CW's picture on the screen with a Vikings logo and CW's secret was ruined.

Like AB, CW leaves on Thursday, but for Minneapolis for a physical.

"FIU is on the map," said Williams, about him and AB getting drafted. "They got to put FIU on Madden's video game now."

CW also got a call from former FIU teammates and Strock as well. CW said Chris Smith signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles after the draft. Making it now 4 FIU players in the NFL, counting Nick with the Bears....Not too shabby for a 5-year-old program.

Cs Eag Now to get to some of the comments on the previous blog: "2007 FIU NFL Draft Prospects and kibbles-n-bits"...First of all, GPP welcomes former FIU offensive lineman Ronny Silva to the blog. Ronny, nice post on your former teammates. The Golden Panthers O-line missed you last year. Hope the leg is better.

As for MIA/NY Josh's comment about Antwan training at um....Josh, I know you're a diehard um fan and you help us out in the cleanup spot in Sunday morning softball, so it pains me to suggest this to you....What if for some wacky reason you saw um players coming over to FIU to workout once the new football stadium and football complex is done. FIU is playing its home games in the Orange Bowl this season, but wouldn't it be AlaAlanis_2nis Morissette "Ironic" if um had to come play their home games at the new FIU Stadium when the OB is eventually demolished?

Still want you batting fourth Josh, we lost 11-6 today.               



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