Florida Football: Complete NFL Combine Results for Former Gators

Tyler PiccottiContributor IIIFebruary 26, 2013

Florida Football: Complete NFL Combine Results for Former Gators

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    The NFL playing season may have ended with the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl victory, but there is never a dull moment on the yearly NFL calendar. With the NFL Draft drawing ever closer, many of the top college prospects just learned this firsthand at the NFL Scouting Combine. The yearly event, which has been held in Indianapolis since 1987, tests potential NFL stars both physically and mentally. It gives them a chance to shine directly in front of professional scouts and improve their draft stock.

    The University of Florida was well-represented at this year's Combine. Ten Gators were invited to participate in the various drills, workouts and other festivities that are a part of the event. Some helped themselves with their performance, while others failed to stand out among the peers at their respective positions.

    Here is a complete breakdown of how each former Gator fared at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

    Note: all Combine results courtesy of NFL.com.

Jon Bostic, ILB

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    Height: 6'1"

    Weight (pounds): 245

    Arm length: 33"

    Hand size: 9 5/8"

    40-yard dash: 4.61 seconds

    Bench press: 22 reps

    Vertical jump: 32 1/2"

    Broad jump: 118"

    Three cone drill: 6.99 seconds

    20-yard shuttle: 4.24 seconds

    Jon Bostic returned to Gainesville for his senior season and did as well as Gator fans could have hoped. He was a great team leader and a solid contributor on defense. Although he is not seen as a top-flight NFL talent, Bostic had a solid performance at the NFL Combine.

    His times in the 40-yard dash, cone drill and shuttle were among the best for linebackers. This will be to Bostic's benefit as two of his supposed weaknesses are a lack of quickness and average closing speed on opposing runners.

    Bostic is a strong linebacker who can deliver punishing hits. He has a lot of room for improvement, but he is definitely worth a gamble in the middle rounds. He is a prospect than can become very productive with the proper development time.

Matt Elam, FS

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    Height: 5'10"

    Weight (pounds): 208

    Arm length: 32 5/8"

    Hand size: 9"

    40-yard dash: 4.54 seconds

    Bench press: 17 reps

    Vertical jump: 35 1/2"

    Broad jump: 118"

    Matt Elam was arguably the most consistent defender the Gators had over the previous two seasons. He is an exciting young talent with play-making ability, and his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine did nothing to change that.

    His 4.53-second run in the dash was one of the fastest among safeties. This should come as no surprise. He showed at Florida that he possesses great recovery speed and can streak downfield with the best of them, especially on special teams.

    There are some concerns about his height. Still, he managed to out-jump teammate Josh Evans in the vertical drill. It also remains to be seen if he can control his urge to make huge hits instead of solid tackles.

    Based on his skill set, however, Elam will likely be drafted in the second round. His positives greatly outweigh his flaws, and he is one of the most exciting athletes you will find on any football field. 

Josh Evans, FS

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    Height: 6'1"

    Weight (pounds): 207

    Arm length: 31 7/8"

    Hand size: 10"

    40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds

    Bench press: Did not participate

    Vertical jump: 34 1/2"

    Broad jump: 123"

    Three cone drill: 6.64 seconds

    20-yard shuttle: 4.10 seconds

    Josh Evans did nothing to hurt his stock at the Combine. Then again, he did nothing to really help himself either.

    He excelled in the cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle. His times in those events were among the top five for safeties. His dash time was respectable, although not terrific. His vertical also left something to be desired.

    Unlike his teammate, Matt Elam, Evans is not one of the premier safety prospects in this draft class. However, he is worth a selection in the middle rounds because of his agility and quickness.

Sharrif Floyd, DT

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    Height: 6'3"

    Weight (pounds): 297

    Arm length: 31 3/4"

    Hand size: 10 1/8"

    40-yard dash: 4.92 seconds

    Vertical jump: 30"

    Broad jump: 106"

    Three cone drill: 7.40 seconds

    20-yard shuttle: 4.75 seconds

    No other NFL Draft prospect has seen his stock rise in recent days as much as Sharrif Floyd. After a great performance in the 40-yard dash and a solid Combine overall, Floyd looks poised to be a top-ten pick on draft day.

    His time of 4.92 seconds in the dash was by no means fastest among all defensive linemen. However, it was one of the overall quickest times. The fact that he showcased speed is yet another reason why scouts are now enamored with him. His performance in the positional drills was exceptional. His quick feet and explosiveness are among the best of all linemen in this year's draft class.

    Floyd dramatically helped himself with his NFL Combine performance. He now has experts believing he is the next NFL star. Don't blink during the beginning of the NFL Draft, or you will probably miss his early selection,

Mike Gillislee, RB

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    Height: 5'11"

    Weight (pounds): 208

    Arm length: 31 1/8"

    Hand size: 9 3/8"

    40-yard dash: 4.55 seconds

    Bench press: 15 reps

    Vertical jump: 30.5"

    Broad jump: 119"

    Three cone drill: 7.12 seconds

    20-yard shuttle: 4.40 seconds

    60-yard shuttle: 12.02 seconds

    Mike Gillislee emerged during his senior season at Florida as he rushed for 1,152 yards and 10 touchdowns. After a solid performance at the Combine, he has established himself as a middle-round draft choice.

    Gillislee does not have blazing speed, which is evidenced by his dash time. However, his mark in the 60-yard shuttle was very respectable. This shows he has solid lateral quickness and good explosion out of a stationary start.

    Obviously, Gillislee is not going to immediately win over anyone with his size. However, he is extremely tough and willing to run through contact. He will work perfectly as a complementary back in a system-by-comittee.

Lerentee McCray, OLB

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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight (pounds): 250

    Arm length: 33 3/8"

    Hand size: 10"

    Workouts: Did not participate

    Bench press: Did not participate

    A shoulder injury prevented Lerentee McCray from participating in any workouts at the NFL Combine. This is a prime example of one of the major worries about McCray: his durability.

    McCray fought injuries and inconsistency during his career as a Gator. He has battled shoulder and ankle problems, among others, that have cost him plenty of playing time. As a result, he was only able to become a full-time starter last season. He was able to record 25 tackles and three sacks in 2012, which by his college standards was a breakout season.

    His raw athleticism is enough to make him an NFL contributor. However, McCray's past history should scare off teams in the early rounds. Look for McCray to be taken off the board on day three.

Jelani Jenkins, OLB

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    Height: 6'0"

    Weight (pounds): 243

    Arm length: 32 1/4"

    Hand size: 9 3/8"

    Workouts: Did not participate

    Bench press: 27 reps

    Jelani Jenkins is yet another Gator who has frequently battled injury during his collegiate tenure. The same held true at the NFL Combine, where a foot problem forced Jenkins to skip all workouts.

    On the bright side, his bench press performance was very impressive. His 27 lifts were among the top five numbers put up by linebackers at the Combine. This can only help his limited NFL Draft aspirations.

    Jenkins is a question mark due to his size, durability and occasional inability to shed blocks. However, his good speed and skills in coverage will ensure his draft selection in the later rounds.

Xavier Nixon, OT

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight (pounds): 321

    Arm length: 33 1/2"

    Hand size: 10 1/8"

    Workouts: Did not participate

    Bench press: Did not participate

    Xavier Nixon was not able to participate in any workouts at the Combine due to an injured hamstring. This is unfortunate for Nixon because he is not viewed as an upper-tier prospect at the moment.

    Nixon had a tumultuous career at Florida as he was taken in and out of the lineup frequently due to inconsistency. He often committed mental gaffes and struggled to put a string of solid games together. In this regard, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl alum was a relative disappointment in Gainesville.

    Nixon has the physical build and athleticism to play tackle in the NFL. However, his inconsistency and current injury have pretty much cemented his fate as a selection in the late rounds.


Jordan Reed, TE

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    Height: 6'2"

    Weight (pounds): 236

    Arm length: 33"

    Hand size: 10"

    40-yard dash: 4.72 seconds

    Bench press: 16 reps

    Jordan Reed saw playing time at multiple positions during his tenure at Florida, even at quarterback. After breaking out during the 2012 season, however, he is now viewed as an intriguing tight end prospect.

    Although, he did nothing at the Combine to really help his draft stock. His 16 reps ranked him second-last among all tight ends, and his 40-yard dash time was nothing special either.

    Reed is obviously not the premier name atop the board when it comes to tight ends. However, his athleticism and versatility make him a wild card prospect. He could be taken as early as round two, but a selection in the third round seems more likely after his Combine performance.

Caleb Sturgis, K

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    Height: 5'10"

    Weight (pounds): 188

    Arm length: 30"

    Hand size: 8 3/4"

    Workouts: Did not participate

    Bench press: Did not participate

    During his time with the Gators, Caleb Sturgis proved himself to be a reliable kicker when healthy. He was a back-to-back nominee for the Lou Groza Award the past two seasons and converted over 85 percent of his field goals during that span. When Florida needed a big kick, Sturgis was up to the challenge.

    Despite some concerns about his size and durability, Sturgis should be selected with a late-round pick. He can immediately contribute to an NFL team as a rookie.