Florida Football 2013 NFL Draft Tracker and Analysis
Over the years, the Florida Gators have been a gold mine for NFL teams, and that isn't going to change when the 2013 NFL draft kicks off. There are a plethora of players that decided to leave school early and many of them will be selected within the first few rounds.
Guys such as Sharrif Floyd and Matt Elam won't have to wait long to hear their names called, but the overall depth of this class is simply incredible. If you thought the NFL had enough players from this university already, this group of players will make a nice addition to what is already there. You could make a valid case that this is the deepest Florida draft class in the last decade.
If you are a Florida fan, be ready to hear a lot of familiar faces when you watch the draft this year.
Here is your complete Florida 2013 NFL draft preview.
Note: This slideshow will be updated as each Gator is selected throughout the NFL draft.
Sharrif Floyd, DT
Where He Was Selected: First Round - 23rd Overall to the Minnesota Vikings
The steal of the first round goes to the Vikings. How in the world Sharrif Floyd falls this far in the draft, I will never know. Arguably the most talented defensive player in the entire draft, Floyd will help bolster the Vikings defensive line and become an impact player immediately.
Weight: 297 pounds
While Florida has a ton of NFL draft prospects to choose from this year, it doesn't get much better than Sharrif Floyd at defensive tackle. He has the prototypical size, the first-step quickness and he is absolutely dominant against the run.
All traits you love to see from this position, Floyd can simply do it all and should be one of the first names called in the first round.
Matt Elam, S
Where He Was Selected: First Round - 32nd Overall to the Baltimore Ravens
You have to love this pick here. Matt Elam is a physical player who will fit in nicely in a physical Baltimore defense. Losing Ed Reed may still sting, but Elam brings a lot to the table and could soon make Ravens fans forget about the future Hall of Famer. One of my favorite players in the draft, Elam will pan out for Baltimore fans.
Weight: 208 pounds
When you are compared to Ryan Clark, such as Matt Miller did in the video with Matt Elam, you have to be a solid player coming out of college. Elam was one of my favorite players all of last year and he should have a productive career at the next level.
Capable of playing either safety spot, Elam relies on tremendous instincts to find himself in on the action nearly every play. He is known for his physicality and aggressiveness in run support, but Elam is also solid in coverage and has above-average ball skills.
Jonathan Bostic, LB
Where He Was Selected: Second Round - 50th Overall to the Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears needed an inside linebacker to replace Brian Urlacher, and it appears Jonathan Bostic is their man. A physical play just like Urlacher was back in the day; Bostic will fit in nicely in the windy city. One of the more complete linebackers in the draft, this former Gator will provide an immediate impact.
Weight: 245 pounds
If you are looking for physicality and somebody who can contribute in both the run and the pass, Jonathan Bostic is your man. Bostic is an aggressive defender who does a nice job of shedding blocks and is disciplined when playing against the run. He also displays terrific ball skills and is comfortable with dropping back into coverage.
Bostic is just one of many Florida linebackers waiting to his hear his name called during this draft and is somebody who should be able to see playing time right away.
Jordan Reed, TE
Where He Was Selected: Third Round - 85th Overall to the Washington Redskins
Jordan Reed will soon be catching touchdown passes from Robert Griffin III. Washington needed to surround the rising quarterback with skill position players and Reed is a nice start. He isn't much of a blocker, but thanks to his athleticism and sure hands, he will help spread the field and make the quarterback's job a lot easier.
Weight: 236 pounds
If your favorite NFL team is looking for a big receiver or tight end, Jordan Reed could be a very valuable pickup in the second or third round. A big body at 6'2", Reed has experience playing receiver, tight end, running back and H-back within the Florida offense. Known for his big-play ability and solid hands, Reed is a natural athlete who can do a little bit of everything in an offense and help provide that spark.
The former Gators tight end must improve in the blocking department if he is going to play a similar role in the NFL.
Jelani Jenkins, LB
Where He Was Selected: Fourth Round - 104th Overall to the Miami Dolphins
Jelani Jenkins is somebody who should see immediate playing time on special teams for the Miami Dolphins. Not big enough to see a full-time role on defense, but Jenkins is a solid player who was picked about where we expected.
Weight: 243 pounds
If an NFL team is able to overlook the fact that Jelani Jenkins is only 6'0", you soon realize that he is a solid player despite that one thing he can't control. Very athletic and capable of playing sideline-to-sideline, Jenkins is somebody who covers a ton of ground and flies all over the field making plays. He is good at blitzing the quarterback, can chase down ball-carriers and he usually does a nice job of making the open field tackle.
Really the only major concern with Jenkins is his lack of size, which can make him a liability in run defense.
Mike Gillislee, RB
Where He Was Selected: Fifth Round - 164th Overall to the Miami Dolphins
After losing Reggie Bush, Miami could have used a little bit of depth at running back. Mike Gillislee is excellent value in the fifth round due to his playmaking ability. While he is capable of running between the tackles, he is more of a threat of hitting the homerun and breaking off chunk plays. Excellent pickup if you are a Dolphins fan.
Weight: 208 pounds
Mike Gillislee went from being an unknown running back to being one of the best running backs in the SEC last year. He also started appearing on NFL draft boards by displaying a nice combination of size and speed. Gillislee is a patient runner that waits for the hole to open up and then explodes through it by using his quick feet and above-average athleticism.
Gillislee can also be effective in the passing game, as he finished last season with 16 receptions. He is easily one of the more underrated players in this entire draft.
Caleb Sturgis, K
Where He Was Selected: Fifth Round - 166th Overall to the Miami Dolphins
Miami desperately needed a kicker and Caleb Sturgis was arguably the best this draft had to offer. Strong leg and tremendous accuracy, don't be surprised if this former Gator is pushing for a starting job his rookie season.
Weight: 188 pounds
Kicker is a position that doesn't receive much attention, but it has become a necessity to have a reliable placekicker. It really doesn't get much better than Caleb Sturgis, as he made 85 percent of his kicks in each of his last two seasons. He is good for most kicks within 55 yards and is about as accurate as a collegiate kicker can get.
Josh Evans, S
Where He Was Selected: Sixth Round - 169th Overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars
A tough player who seems to have some of his better football head of him, Josh Evans is a valuable pick for a Jacksonville team that could use help everywhere. You would like to see Evans improve in coverage a bit, but he could develop into a starter in a year or two.
Weight: 207 pounds
Josh Evans has potential and upside, which makes him a valuable pick in the later rounds. He isn't the fastest player in the world and his coverage skills aren't amazing, but he does have great instincts and covers a lot of ground with his lengthy frame. Over the years, Evans has improved his ball skills and doesn't mind getting his hands dirty when coming up in run support.
I would like to see a little more aggressiveness from Evans as far as playing the football is cornered, but he does bring upside to the table and could continue to develop with a little bit of coaching.
Xavier Nixon, OT
Where He Was Selected: Undrafted Free Agent
Weight: 321 pounds
Xavier Nixon should be considered a project for whichever team he ends up with. He has the prototypical size you like to see from an NFL offensive lineman and uses his hands well, but he seems to be a little slow and struggles at times with technique. Nixon also doesn't have that mean streak that you would like to see from the position, as the aggressiveness just isn't there.
However, Nixon does have above-average footwork and is solid in the run-blocking department, which could mean a switch to the guard position once drafted.
Matt Miller listed Nixon as the 19th-best offensive tackle and sees him going in the fifth round, according to the video.
Lerentee McCray, LB
Where He Was Selected: Undrafted Free Agent
Weight: 250 pounds
What do you know? It is yet another Florida linebacker.
Lerentee McCray is a versatile defender that can play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 system. He has a tremendous amount of athleticism, and there may not be another linebacker in this class that uses his hands as well as he does. McCray is strong at the point of attack and also has fluid hips to where he can drop back into coverage nicely.
This former Florida linebacker has had injury issues in the past and was never really able to hold down a full-time starting position. Seeing him make a full-time transition into the NFL may take some time, but there is sure to be a coaching staff out there willing to roll the dice.
Matt Miller listed McCray as the 23rd-best 3-4 outside linebacker on his NFL draft big board.
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