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Wrapping up the NFL Combine: The ascension of Sharrif Floyd, reviewing performance of former Gators

A year ago, Florida was coming off a disappointing 7-6 season and the team's showing at February's NFL Combine and the subsequent NFL Draft followed suit. Chris Rainey and Jaye Howard were the only Gators chosen.

It's quite a different story this year.

With six seniors and four early departures making the trip to Indianapolis, Ind., to workout, Florida had a large presence at the combine. And a name from Gainesville is likely to be called in the first five to 10 picks come April.

That name? Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.

At 6-3, 297 pounds, Floyd impressed scouts and general managers when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.97 seconds. His footwork in the three-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle also wowed the NFL personnel on hand.

Floyd didn't have eye-popping stats at Florida, and he was talked about as a fringe first-round pick a few months ago. Questions remain about his strength, and he chose not to do the bench press in Indy,but teams have seen enough on tape and now in person to reportedly push Floyd to the top of the pack at defensive tackle. The news about Star Lotulelei's heart condition also benefited Floyd.

ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. now has Floyd as the No. 2 overall prospect, while Don Banks of SI.com has projected Floyd to be taken No. 3 overall by Oakland. If Floyd makes it past No. 3, it's hard to envision Philadelphia at No. 4 passing on the hometown boy, especially considering the moves the Eagles made this week along the defensive line.

It will be interesting to see how things play out over the coming weeks until the draft.

Here's how the rest of the former Florida players did this week:

S Matt Elam (5-10, 208 pounds)

40 time: 4.54 seconds
Bench press: 17 reps
Vertical jump: 35.5”
Broad jump: 118”

One of the smaller safeties in the draft, Elam helped solidify his first-round grade with a fast time in the 40-yard dash and a solid number on the weight bench. He was among the top seven in both, which should inspire confidence for a team that was already impressed by what they saw of Elam on film. Likely to be one of the first safeties chosen.

RB Mike Gillislee (5-11, 208 pounds)

40 time: 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

Like Gillislee’s career, his combine performance wasn’t anything flashy. Put on the tape and watch Gillislee run and you know what you’re going to get. He’s a hard-nosed workhorse that has the size to be an every-down back in the NFL. He showed that at the combine. He’s just not elite. Gillislee compares himself to Arian Foster, and while their stories are similar, Gillislee will be hard pressed to match the production of Foster.

TE Jordan Reed (6-2, 236 pounds)

40 time: 4.72 seconds
Bench press: 16 reps

Reed had to have been disappointed in his results in Indianapolis, where his 40 time ranked outside the top five at his position and his showing on the bench put him third to last among tight ends. Reed drew some criticism for deciding to leave school early, but he will be drafted on his potential, which still figures to be high.

LB Jelani Jenkins (6-0, 243 pounds)

Bench press: 27 reps

Florida’s Pro Day on March 12 is the date of importance for Jenkins, who did not perform in most of the drills in Indy while still recovering from a broken bone in his foot suffered against Florida State in November. The strength Jenkins displayed on the bench press was impressive, and scouts have raved about his ability in pass coverage, but a long history of injuries leaves a shadow of doubt on Jenkins and where he will be selected come April.

LB Jon Bostic (6-1, 245 pounds)

40 time: 4.61 seconds (sixth among linebackers)
Bench press (225 pounds): 22 reps
Vertical jump: 32.5”
Broad jump: 118”
Three-cone drill: 6.99 seconds (eighth among linebackers)
20-yard shuttle: 4.24 seconds (10th among linebackers)

In today’s NFL, there is no substitute for speed. Linebackers who can hold their own in pass coverage are becoming coveted commodities, and Bostic showed he has the potential to run with tight ends at the next level. There are still questions surrounding Bostic, however, and a team isn’t likely to call his name in the first three rounds.

S Josh Evans (6-1, 207 pounds)

40 time: 4.58 seconds
Vertical jump: 34.5”
Broad jump: 123”
Three-cone drill: 6.64 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.10 seconds

Evans is perhaps the most intriguing prospect Florida has entering the draft. The senior safety’s play on the field in 2012 garnered him praise as one of the most improved players on the Gators’ defense, and Evans’ workout in Indianapolis was impressive. At this time last year, Evans wasn’t on the NFL’s radar. Now, he’s likely to be drafted as high as the fourth round. A good kid with a solid head on his shoulders, some team is going to get a productive player at a good price in Evans.

LB Lerentee McCray (6-2, 250 pounds)

Another guy who needs to perform well at Florida’s Pro Day is McCray, who didn’t work out at the combine because of recovery from shoulder surgery. A potential late round selection.

OL Xavier Nixon (6-6, 321 pounds)

A hamstring injury prevented Nixon from working out and building on what some perceived to be a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. A potential late round selection.

K Caleb Sturgis (5-10, 188 pounds)

Arguably the most impressive kicker at the combine, Sturgis has a chance to be drafted in the last round come April if a team wants to avoid having to battle other teams for his services as an undrafted free agent. Sturgis will get every chance to make an NFL roster.

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Matt, get your facts straight. Bostic actually ran a 4.5 40, tied for best in his group. His official 4.61 time was actually 3rd best among all LBs. Compare that to the so called best LB in the draft Te'o, who ran a 4.82. He was 3rd in 3-cone and 4th in 20 yd shuttle. He's 245lbs! I'd say he did nothing but help his draft stock. He'll be drafted long before the 4th rd.

Those are some very good players that did well for the Gators. My favorite is Gilly who didn't get a fair shot 2 years ago but still kept grinding on.
Floyd is a monster and will be missed.
Reed should have probably stayed, but he does have excellent potential, would like to see him and/or our safeties picked up by the Fins.
Good summary on the combine, too bad there was no coverage here about NSD.
Hope you post some stories leading up to the Spring and the Orange and Blue game.
Never posted how the Purifoy arrest was a bunch of B.S. and all charges have been dropped.
Go Gators!!

Hey Matt, where's the article about Gator baseball winning the series 2-1 against the canes?? I mean, we just spent a few weeks listening to cane fans talk all kinds of trash about how the baseball team is finished, and they suck. Now that so called sorry team has won 13 of the last 14. I know you only like writing articles that entice trash talk from cane fans, but come on, throw us a bone for once in your life!

Who cares about baseball scores when my Canes are gonna tear it up in the tourney all the way.
And then on September 7th we gonna roll over that decimated team of yours down in the 305. You don't stand a chance, your boy Brisket can't pass, he's gonna be running for his life and we will light you up on offense. Can't wait, we are back!

Thanks badboy for making me laugh really hard on a Mon! Who cares about baseball?? Just read the comments on the last article on here and see that your fellow cane fans do. I'm sure had you won the series, it'd be a different story, but since you didn't, it means nothing. Just like the gators embarassed you in baseball this weekend, they'll embarrass you again Sept 7th, and your bball team will be exposed when they get in the spotlight, and play a decent team thats not extremely over-ranked like Duke. I'm just curious, what classifies the canes as being back? That spectacular 7 win season you had last year?? That 20 something ranked recruiting class?? We've been hearing the canes are back going on 10 years now, that's nothing new. It's the cane motto!

badboy is not so bad except with his mouth or keyboard. UM is having a great BBall season but football is a different thing all together. Apparently he forgets the long and good history of UM in baseball.

Gators winners of 14 of the last 15 games over the canes, including the last two played. Now that is dominance. Gators will get better, canes will keep losing.
Canes found out they had a basketball team this season, Gators have been perennial tourney players for years. Canes are a one year wonder with a senior laden team and no recruits or replacements in sight. Gators keep reloading.
Canes are coming off 2 mediocre seasons in football with their new head man and sport the worst defense in NCAA history. Gators are back in the mix coming off an 11 - 2 season and reloading with another top recruiting class to go along with all the young players that got limited time last year.
There is really no comparison in the 3 mayor sports the Gators are so much better than the canes.
Why do these cane Morons keep coming here is beyond pathological.

jls14234....seriously....blow you load on one post why dont ya. Basketball....yeah....you all have been a lot better then the Canes...for sure. Were having as great year...big deal...nothing counts till the tourny where ANY team can get bounced....including The U.

Baseball - Its funny....I did not know this....I googled "Florida Gators baseball National Championships".....do you know what it spit back at me? Haha.....0

Canes -3 in baseball

Football - 5.....Gators - 3

So....yes....why you have been a dominant team in basketball for quite some time....more relevant then Miami for the last 30 years perhaps....the Canes have been more dominant and have won more ships in two other sports over the last 30 years. LET ME SAY IT AGAIN:

0 NC'S in baseball
3 NC'S in football

What are you bragging about??

10 ten recruiting classes but nothing to show for it??

Once again lets go over our little saying:

Timmy tears on TV
No dynasty
Bama beatdown every year
Bulldog pee down every year
Urban Meyer the Lyer Ohio Hire
65 PLUS ARRESTS AND COUNT (The new Thug U)
Timmy fails in NFL
Less NC'S then Canes in football
Less NC'S then Canes in baseball
One victory in football over Canes in last 30 years (WOW!!)

And here is the kicker: drumroll.....

NEVER AN UNDEFEATED SEASON IN FOOTBALL.....WOW....TALKING ABOUT TAINTED....

See you in September....your arse is grass AND U KNOW IT....


NFL UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

Hahahahahahahaha....

Keep dreaming...

It's funny how your yelling at Matt to "get his facts straight". Its funny how you try to pull for every lttle tiny weeny piece of importance about your players. Yes....a few are quite good....Floyd = stud and you shoud all feel proud as he will represent the Gator nation. You all WANT TO be better then us its hilarious.....you WISH you had 6 players taken in the first round like us....let alone have a player from your school score a TD EVERY WEEK in the NFL for like...what....146 straight games??

U can't compare....so stop trying to!!

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