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Florida Football: Tracking 2014 NFL Combine Results for Former Gators Stars

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2014

Florida Football: Tracking 2014 NFL Combine Results for Former Gators Stars

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    Eight former Florida Gators will attend the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., this weekend, which seems like a high number for a team that just bottomed out and went 4-8.

    Looking more closely, however, it makes sense. Trey Burton is the only offensive skill player of that group, and it wasn't so much the defense or line play that led to Florida's disastrous 2013 campaign (though the latter could have been much improved).

    Furthermore, almost every Gator in attendance played a big role on the 2012 team that went 11-2 and went to the Sugar Bowl against Louisville. It's not like their game tape is that of a perpetual loser.

    According to the latest mock draft of Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, two Florida players are projected to go in the second round, one in the third, one in the fourth, two in the sixth and two unselected.

    For all eight of them, the combine is a chance to improve on those projections and ensure a higher spot in Miller's next iteration.

    Here's a live look at how they're doing.

     

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com's results tracker.

TE Trey Burton

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    Draft Projection: Undrafted

    Height: 6'2''  Weight 224 lbs  Arm Length: 31''  Hand Size: 9.375''

     

    40-Yard Dash: 4.50

    Bench Press: n/a

    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.32

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.14

    Vertical Jump: 30.0''

    Broad Jump: 112''

    Trey Burton was moved all over the field during his time at Florida, but he consistently produced whether it be in the backfield, out of the Wildcat or lined up in the slot.

    He was voted a team captain and moved to receiver his senior year, finishing his time in Gainesville with 29 starts in 50 appearances, 720 rushing yards on 141 carries and 976 receiving yards on 107 catches, combining to score 20 offensive touchdowns.

    He'll try to make it as an H-back, flex-tight end type in the pros.

OG Jon Halapio

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    Draft Projection: Sixth Round

    Height: 6'3''  Weight 323 lbs  Arm Length: 33.625''  Hand Size: 10.25"'

     

    40-Yard Dash: 5.34

    Bench Press: n/a

    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.83

    Three-Cone Drill: 8.26

    Vertical Jump: 21.5''

    Broad Jump: 100''

    Jon Halapio started seven games as a freshman in 2010 and never looked back, becoming a stalwart at right guard for the rest of his career, which finished with 43 starts in 51 appearances.

    He plays with an infectious mean streak and already has NFL upper-body strength, as noted by Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, who counted 13 knockdowns by Halapio in the LSU game from 2012.

    His college film shows that he can be a bit of a lunger, but Halapio's overall power and toughness in the running game should make him an attractive mid- to late-round pick.

OC Jonotthan Harrison

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    Draft Projection: Undrafted

    Height: 6'3''  Weight 304 lbs  Arm Length: 33.375''  Hand Size: 9.875''

     

    40-Yard Dash: 5.15

    Bench Press: 27

    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.86

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.97

    Vertical Jump: 27.0''

    Broad Jump: 113''

    Jonotthan Harrison was a paragon of durability for an otherwise snake-bitten team. He started all 13 games at center in 2012 and all 12 in 2013, one of just five Gators to not miss a start during the 4-8 season.

    As a prospect, Harrison is downgraded because he's a center—a position teams tend to overlook, for whatever reason, come draft weekend—but he's a solid all-around prospect with experience at guard and the potential to play anywhere on the interior of the line.

    He's not quite a Pouncey brother, but he's good enough to warrant a shot at making an NFL roster this summer. He was also voted a team captain his senior year.

DT Dominique Easley

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    Draft Projection: Second Round

    Height: 6'2''  Weight 288 lbs  Arm Length: 32.875''  Hand Size: 9.75''

     

    40-Yard Dash: 

    Bench Press: 26

    20-Yard Shuttle: 

    Three-Cone Drill: 

    Vertical Jump: 

    Broad Jump:

    Dominque Easley would be a first-rounder based solely on game tape. He was always tough and ultraproductive along the Gators' defensive line, especially when he saw the field at the start of the 2013 season and was playing at an All-American level.

    An ACL injury cut short his senior year, so he'll need to convince a team that his legs still have enough power and lift to create leverage.

    Here's a good breakdown of Easley's injury and the effect it might have on his draft stock, courtesy of B/R's resident doctor, Dave Siebert.

OLB Ronald Powell

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    Draft Projection: Sixth Round

    Height: 6'3''  Weight 237 lbs  Arm Length: 32.5''  Hand Size: 9.375''

     

    40-Yard Dash: 4.65

    Bench Press: 21

    20-Yard Shuttle: 

    Three-Cone Drill: 

    Vertical Jump: 35.5''

    Broad Jump: 114''

    Formerly the No. 1 overall recruit in the country, Ronald Powell's college career was haunted by the dual knee injuries he suffered in 2012 that forced him to miss his entire second season.

    Whenever Powell did see the field, though, he showed the athleticism and relentless pass-rushing ability that led to being the No. 1 overall recruit in the first place.

    He started 12 games as a true freshman in 2011 then eight more his senior year, leading the team in sacks and quarterback hurries and winning the team’s Chris Patrick Courage Award in 2013—a worthy recognition after battling back from injuries.

CB Loucheiz Purifoy

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    Draft Projection: Third Round

    Height: 5'11''  Weight 190 lbs  Arm Length: 32.75''  Hand Size: 8.5''

     

    40-Yard Dash: 4.55

    Bench Press: 6

    20-Yard Shuttle: 

    Three-Cone Drill: 

    Vertical Jump: 35.5''

    Broad Jump: 120''

    A freaky-athletic physical specimen, Loucheiz Purifoy made big plays for Florida on defense and on special teams and even saw some practice snaps at receiver when the team lacked other quality options.

    Having said that, he entered 2013 with All-American potential but performed well below expectations, especially in trying to cover 6'5'' Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

    Purifoy is tall (6'1'') and will get a crack in the league; he has the potential to be a starting-caliber corner. He'll need to improve his technique in coverage, though, because he wasn't even one of the two best players at his position on his college team last year.

CB Marcus Roberson

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    Draft Projection: Second Round

    Height: 6'0''  Weight 191 lbs  Arm Length: 31''  Hand Size: 9.25''

     

    40-Yard Dash: 4.59

    Bench Press: 8

    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.08

    Three-Cone Drill: 6.84

    Vertical Jump: 37.5''

    Broad Jump: 120''

    Injuries plagued Marcus Roberson as a junior in 2013, limiting him to just four starts and seven total appearances on the heels of an impressive sophomore campaign.

    Still, whenever he did see the field, Roberson showed a good combination of size, length and hip fluidity, along with the innate ability to anticipate and jump routes.

    If he needs to improve anywhere besides durability, it's likely in the area of using his hands too much downfield. He gets grabby with opposing receivers when he loses a step, which might get him in trouble with NFL referees.

CB Jaylen Watkins

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    Draft Projection: Fourth Round

    Height: 5'11''  Weight 191 lbs  Arm Length: 30.625''  Hand Size: 9.625''

     

    40-Yard Dash: 4.44

    Bench Press: 22

    20-Yard Shuttle: 

    Three-Cone Drill: 

    Vertical Jump: 

    Broad Jump:

    The older brother of Clemson's Sammy Watkins, Jaylen Watkins was a versatile contributor in the Florida secondary last season, moving to safety along with Cody Riggs to help freshman Vernon Hargreaves III see the field as much as possible.

    Though he performed valiantly in that role, Watkins is only 6'0'' so his future lies at cornerback. He has smooth feet and solid mirroring skills, which should help him make an impact, despite not having Loucheiz Purifoy-type athleticism.

    According to Dane Brugler of CBS Sports, Watkins was one of the true standouts of Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Ala. As he wasn't even able to keep his job at cornerback last season, that shines a positive light on underclassmen like Purifoy and Marcus Roberson who were.

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