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2014 NFL Draft: Four Gators selected, several others signs UFA contracts


GAINESVILLE -- The 2014 NFL Draft is over, with four former Florida Gators drafted -- half as many as last season. 

Defensive tackle Dominique Easley was selected No. 29 overall by the New England Patriots, the second straight season a Gators defensive lineman was nabbed in the first round. 

Following a quiet Friday evening (rounds 2-3), cornerback Jaylen Watkins didn’t have to wait long on Saturday, going No. 101 to the Philadelphia Eagles with the first pick in the fourth round. Later, linebacker Ronald Powell was selected by the New Orleans Saints and guard Jon Halpio joined Easley in New England. 

Below is a recap of Florida’s draftees (as well as a number of undrafted free agents). Conspicuously absent: cornerbacks Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy, who both saw their stock’s crash to rock bottom. After failing to find a professional home Saturday, both prospects are free agents, waiting to join a team sometime in the near future.  


DT Dominique Easley, Round 1, New England Patriots (No. 29)

CB Jaylen Watkins, Round 4, Philadelphia Eagles (No. 101)

LB Ronald Powell, Round 5, New Orleans Saints (No. 169)

OG Jon Halapio, Round 6, New England Patriots (No. 179)


DT Damien Jacobs, Buffalo Bills

LB Darrien Kitchens, Buffalo Bills

WR Trey Burton, Philadelphia Eagles

WR/KR Solomon Patton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

C Jon Harrison, Indianapolis Colts

Meanwhile, versatile offensive lineman Kyle Koehne earned a rookie-camp tryout with the Atlanta Falcons. 


Monday, Roberson signed a free agent deal with the St. Louis Rams and Purifoy agreed to a contract with the Indianapolis Colts. 

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WOW! We are the third biggest pipeline to the pro's in the state.

LOL I cant believe teams took 3 players off that nOline. Those NFL qb's are shaking their heads.

Keep posting as me all you want sid The Moron Cane, you are not fooling anyone. You are always an A hole.

Of the 12 Gator players draft eligible, 4 were drafted, 7 signed free agent contracts and one landed a tryout.
For the math deficient cane trolls that means all 12 players landed with an NFL team and have a chance.
I believe FSU is currently getting the most players drafted in the State but the Gators are at #2.
Congrats to all the former Gators and hoping they all do well in the NFL.
It is amazing that Roberson and Purifoy were not drafted after being touted by the likes of Tim MacShay all season long. In hindsight they should have come back for another year. Hindsight is 20/20 though.
Go Gators!

Lil jlo, what college has the most NFL players? Who set the record for consecutive years of first round picks, that's right, the U. Ufail, not so much, now stop being delusional and projecting. Get back to cleaning the toilets at Steak and Shake boy.

How many players from Georgia southern were drafted?

Lol tim....1 southern player drafted that I saw and he toted the rock in gville. Thats the only reason he was drafted.

### UM likes the new MLS stadium site proposed by Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez ---- on a boat slip between Museum Park and AmericanAirlines Arena --- and it “appears to be big enough” for a 40,000-seat stadium if David Beckham decides to build one that large to accommodate UM football (which is still undecided), deputy mayor Chip Iglesias tells us.

The stadium would “need to go into Bicentennial Park somewhat” even if it’s a 25,000-seat stadium, Iglesias said.

UM, still awaiting word from Beckham’s group on the viability, believes the parking situation would be better there than the PortMiami site.

The odds still favor UM remaining at Sun Life, because of multiple factors --- including the high cost to Beckham of building a stadium with 40,000 seats, plus the fact UM has 18 years left on its Sun Life lease and might not be able to get out of it. But UM said it won’t make a decision until it gets clarity from Beckham’s group.


JESUS H CHRIST !!! []_[]r not getting ANY Stadium built Downtown u dUmb, deaf n blind clUcks !!!

Why don't u just get some c[]_[]ban ref[]_[]gees, that went to Dade South, have them round up a couple of thousand 50 Gallon barrel drums, a ton of 2x4's n plywood, make a 50yrd. X 120yrd. GIGANTE raft... Then slap some porch/patio astro turf on top of it and float it in the middle of scUm field Lake Osceola on Campus and VIOLA u dumb clUcks got u an on campus Football Field. Then all 10-15 thousand of u delUsional dolt cluck fans can circle the entire Lake Osceola with everyone getting their very own front row seat...

u can call it, ELIAN GONZALEZ FIELD AT LAKE OSCEOLA FLOATING DOCK MARINE STADIUM... The Halftime raft races would be EPIC !!!


QuE PASA ARTuRO !!! See you for the Super Regional before OMAHA !!!


"what college has the most NFL players? Who set the record for consecutive years of first round picks"

used to be
once upon a time
back in the day
When will you stop living in the distant past fool?
You currently have seven years in a row without a player drafted in the first round.
That is your reality.
The past is long gone.
It is who you are now.

"what college has the most NFL players"

ummmm, Gomer. I know what passes for education at OoF is bare bones minimum, but "has" is present tense. As in currently. The opposite of everything you wrote.

Now, when Gatr Trash such as yourself thinks that after seasons of 6-6, 7-5, 11-2 and 4-8, the "aberration" is the 4-8, then you show exactly how poor the education at OoF is.

Just ask Jaylen Watkins. He is illiterate and the Philly fans are crushing him. No longer hidden in the cesspool that is Trailerville, the country can see more clearly what a joke that skewwwl is as if they needed any more proof after Aaron "Murdah" Hernandez.

The jokes write themselves.

" u r u ... NEW ON CAMPUS "STADIuM" u ..."

Some blog Pig, errr, po' white cracker, who grew up in Coral Gables in the 70's feels displaced. He went to OoFraud, got zero education, and had to leave because he has no marketable skills.

Pooor Pig. Left to ranting on and on in this blog.

Tell us again how great OoFraud beisbol is, Pig. Or, now that the Canes own the Gatr Trash in beisbol, you don't really want to talk about that. Move on to the next topic. Driskel. Ahhh, yes. He is no doubt the next Johnny Football if only he could have an OC work with him.

BWWWHHHAHA. Silly blog Pig. Eh, ARTURO? What do you say?

There you go again dumb Miami Moron. Only thing you have to brag about is how many former players you have in the NFL. Big deal. As if that translates to having a good college football team. Judging by the past decade it doesn't. Judging by the most recent drafts pretty soon you won't be able to brag about that either.
You pretend to know all about what other people think about the Gators, like Watkins. This is what Chip Kelly has to say about Jaylen: "Teams understandably praise the players they draft, but Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly went above and beyond simply sharing the standard compliments when discussing Florida Gators cornerback Jaylen Watkins, his fourth-round pick, after making the selection. “Extremely high football intelligence,” he said of Watkins. “He has the speed to play corner, but sometimes when you’re drafting guys, you’re trying to project that maybe he can be this. Obviously, there is evidence of him playing safety and doing it at a really high level. He could be the quarterback of the defense because of his football intelligence, and we just thought that versatility and that football intelligence and character part of it, we thought it was a really good value, especially [on day three]. He’s one of those guys that we were really excited about [Friday] night"
Yet you call him illiterate. You call other "pig"
Yet it is clear you are the loser, bigoted pig around here.
Then there is Joe Haden in Cleveland: "The Cleveland Browns and former Florida Gators cornerback Joe Haden came to terms Tuesday on a five-year contract extension that will pay him $68 million over six years and includes $45 million in guaranteed money.

ProFootballTalk.com first reported Haden’s signing, while ESPN’s Adam Schefter released the terms of the extension. The former notes that the $14 million signing bonus, $22 million fully guaranteed at signing and $23 million guaranteed for injury “all surpass the deal that Richard Sherman just signed with Seattle.”

Gator Nation is alive and well and well represented in the NFL. Your old legacy canes from the Glory Days are getting old, few current cane players are getting drafted now. Soon you will have nothing to brag about.

Then you talk baseball where you finally won 2 games over the Gators this year and that makes you about 2- 11 for the past 5 years or so, and that qualifies for "owning" them. By that reasoning we are 1 - 1 in football in the past 5 years. Stupid.
Don't be premature Miami Moron, let us see iof you can finally get out of a Regional and make it to Omaha.
You are on a multi year drought so far.
Truth is, in the past decade the Gators have been better than you in a 3 mayor sports.

":As if that translates to having a good college football team. Judging by the past decade it doesn't. Judging by the most recent drafts pretty soon you won't be able to brag about that either."

Ummm, maggot? Does going 4-8 translate into having a good college football team? Judging by the past 7 years of OoF foosball, I don't think so. That last Timmy title is a loooong way away. Your glory days are long past. You have nothing to point to except two players blocking each other and holding that block.



Murdering felons.

Coaches leaving.

More arrests.

And we aren't even to August.

But, jlo, you little girly girl, tell us how this is the year that Driskel is really going to turn it on. You have so few playmakers on O, you had to get an ACC castoff at tight end.

The guy couldn't make plays for a lowly ACC team but he can start at OoFraud.

Yep, sounds about right.

"Does going 4-8 translate into having a good college football team?"

typical stupid statement, no one said that, this is totally irrelevant.

"Judging by the past 7 years of OoF foosball, I don't think so."

That would be 2007 - 2013. Include one national championship, a few BCS bowl games and some very good seasons. In the same time span your crappy team has done nothing. What kind of Moron are you?

"That last Timmy title is a loooong way away. Your glory days are long past"

Longer away would be any title for you, any bowl victory, any ranked season, anything at all. Your glory days are way longer past. What kind of idiot trash talks a better team?

The so called ACC cast off TE burned the crappy canes for several first downs and a leaping TD grab just last season. This is too funny and amazing what a delusional fool you are.

You are just one pathetic cane troll who has no life and is jealous of the Gators.
Reminds me of sid The Moron cane.

oooo, jaaaaaaaaylllloooooo, you can hate the canes and cane fans, but you maggot-infested GAtr Trash can't beat them.

Just can't.

8-1 over the last nine. Nnnnnnniiiiinnnne. Maggot.

An in '04 the Canes were in a BCS bowl. So that is just 3 years prior to your '07 claim.

Jlo, where the ugly Gatr fan meets the ignorant Gatr alum.

Jlo, owned again, when will you ever learn, facts trump fantasy, delusion and projecting so stop all of them and accept that Miami owns Uf, you are the red headed step brother and you are # 4 in the state behind FSU, MIAMI and UCF.

... And if u make the Lake Oseola floating field 60yrds. X 130yrds, u can can make some $ hosting some Soccer matches and perhaps World Cup Prelims... But you'd have to get a couple thousand of the youth soccer kids from Coral Gables, Tamiami, Westchester, Hialeah and Opa Locka bobbing around in the water wearing Orange life vests like Elian to throw the balls back into play...

WOW, now j is picking on little kids. What a loser!

"Posted by: u R u ... NO ON CAMPUS "STADIuM" u | May 13, 2014 at 07:28 PM"

Watch out, Gatr Maggots, the blog Pig that has infested the Canes blog is now infesting yours. He is a Pig, semi-literate, with a knack for speaking his version of ghetto-slang, this despite having graduated from Gables High in '83. Among his many tirades against Miami, was this gem from last year. Who can forget:

OK University Of Miami Hurricanes Fans, here's the deal ... U Won, made the plays, deserved to Win, are the better team and have been the better program over a 30 year period. The Florida Gators got hit right in their moufs. That may just be an opinion, but that's what the results on the playing field states. No excuses. We Gators n Canes have been going at it since the Summer of '08 on these blogs and it's been full insults ahead for over 1,800 straight days. It's been a constant back n forth of, U said, Gator said... Gator said, U said. U Suck, Gators Suck. Has it been interesting ? At times sure. Has it been ugly ? Mostly. Has it meant a damn thing on the field ? No. Now back in that Summer of '08 the Gators will say U came to their blog spouting pollution. And U will say that the Gators came to Ur blog doing the same thing. Ultimately and ending cycle of mostly senseless ridiculousness that just went round n round in a circle of insults and foolishness didn't mean a thing. So, having said that, It's over. I'm not asking for a truce, just saying it's over by virtue of the fact that our Football rivalry is no more. It's just in the past. Now U can say why U think it's over. And Ur entitled to that opinion. The Gators will have their reasons, and they are entitled to that opinion. Bottom line is this... Right now, Miami Football... Florida Football ... Florida State Football Programs are not "Back" Yet. But they are ALL rising. No debate that they are 3 of the Best Top to Bottom College Football Programs College Football has EVER seen and easily Top-5-10 over the last 20-30 years combined. Simply put, when the State of Florida BIG-3 are ALL doing well, College Football is far better as a result. It's a State of Florida thing that the other 49 States, as well as the World simply wouldn't understand, could never understand, will never get and certainly will never fathom.

Now I'm not here to call for some kind of truce. I think we all know, in totality, that's an impossibility. And really, I don't really think we need one. We as fans are passionate. Some more fanatical than others. But from this point forward I hope we can just be more civil to one another as Miamian-Hurricanian / Gainesvillian-Reptilian - Floridian Americans. I will. I also sincerely want to apologize for some of my disrespectful comments in the past Cane fans. But in my own defense, I must say that far more of my "nasty" and "hateful" posts were others impersonating me. And trying to explain that, during those times, was simply useless. As for the other Gators that post here, I ask you to drop n bury the axe. It's been too long, the winding road has run it's course. The Gator n Cane points and counter points are just moot now... Time to move on. The Canes have their destiny and the Gators have theirs. God willing, for the sake of College Football, they will meet again someday in the foreseeable future in the Post-Season. Which could only mean one thing... We Both Don't SUCK !

In closing, I think we Gators n Canes can certainly agree on one thing. There are ups n downs, trials n tribulations, ebbs n flows for every Program in College in all Sports as well as life... I do believe it's safe to say that The Miami Hurricane and Florida Gator Football Programs are both ascending no matter how we might personally feel about the past... Win or Lose, Victory or Defeat, Saturday September 7th from High Noon until the final gun was as compelling as College Football gets or ever gets (minus of course that Driskel left-handed pass with 8 seconds to go). Much respect to U and Urs ...

Good luck Cane Fans... Go get Ur Coastal and ACC Championship. When U do, the rest will fall into place...

Gators ... ditto ... Eastern ... SEC ... ???

See U down the line Mighty CANE FANS ... perhaps in Basketball or Baseball ... SALUTE.

No Mas from me.


A Miami born GATOR/CANE ... 9-11-13

C'est la vie Arty ... It's been real brother.

Posted by: Soldy is dead ... R.I.P. | September 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Listen A hole stop reposting crap from other blogs that doesn't belong here, I did not read that long tirade you just posted, no one here cares about any of your crap.

" facts trump fantasy, delusion and projecting" ,you know it, yet you keep doing all those things.
What a Moron.
Like a stupid little brat " owned again", "owned again", I can see you skipping around repeating it over and over.
All the while living in your deluded fantasy world and projecting your inadequacies unto us.
Grow up or better yet, go away.


" I did not read that long tirade you just posted"

Ummm, yes you did, lil' fem jlo. Facts trump fantasy and delusion unless you are completely deluded such that you feel your delusions are facts. That describes you perfectly.

Now, Alabama's Derrick Henry is showing what utter good ol' Boy garbage the SEC is. His new Dodge Charger, valued about $43K where the median household income is $40K, is making people wonder how Bama finds so many top recruits whose grandparents are wealthy but choose to live in the slums. It is amazing.

Typical SEC garbage. OoFraud is no different.

OoFraud: Pumping out illiterates 15K/year.

LMAO .....jlo is telling someone to grow up!

Ahhhh, Arturo, should I do it? Should I? At the risk of having jlo pee pee his panties? yaaaaaahhhhh, why not.

BREAKING: Aaron Hernandez indicted for an additional double homicide in Boston in 2012, per @ABC & multiple reports.

The garbage doesn't fall far from the garbage dump. Nice collection of maggots that ol' Urban had on his team. Rapists, assorted felons, battery and assault artists, and, the king, Aaron "Murdah" Hernandez. Couldn't be a better fit for that disgusting dump skewwwl of Trailerville.

Now, I know jlo will try to distance himself from Murdah and ask what it has to do with OoFraud. Just like when Bama or some other SlimEC skewwwl is taken exposed for the frauds they are.

But then, be consistent and don't bandwagon on their accomplishments and do the redneck chant of "SEC." You can't have it both way, maggots.

I would say that Murdah is a stain on OoF, but as disgusting as Murdah is, OoF is a stain on him.

Hilarity. Pure comedy from Trailerville.

Funny how a degenerate cane fan thinks it's cool to be a thug and have a documentary on ESPN (that everyone laughs at by the way) but it's "Hilarity" when it happens some where else?

Wow your stupid. All you have to do is open your mouth. Now do us all a favor and fall asleep in your garage with your car running. Better yet, make it your so called man cave. BTW, what self respecting man goes around telling people they have a "man cave"?

Genius, now please explain what Hernandez did 3 or so years after he left UF has anything to do with "so called" exposing UF as being a fraud? Let me see if I follow your stupid logic. Hernandez attended UF so that makes UF a fraud. Wow, enlightening that is. I feel dumber by the second dealing with a GED superstar. So by your same dumb logic, UM is a fraud because Nevin went to their games.

And you actually have the balls to call UF rednecks and worthless diploma holders?

"BOSTON -- Prosecutors say former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez, who already faces a murder charge in a man's shooting death last year, was also the gunman in an unrelated 2012 double slaying in Boston."

From ESPN , does not say former Gator, this is reality.
Stop stealing other people's names. Stupid troll has no originality.

"what self respecting man goes around telling people they have a "man cave"?"

Thing is, sid is not self respecting, and his man card is in question.
He can't respect himself when no one does.
His tattoos of Jacory and Shalala raise questions about his manhood.
Then there is the sad fact he is a 40 year old virgin.
So he is not a self respecting man. You can say he is a self loathing, delusional liar, loser, cave dwelling dweeb and you would be more accurate.

How dare you try to distance yourself from me. You don't do it for TimmyTeeblow, so don't try with me. I mean, how about some consistency in the trailerpark.

Typical Gatr Trash.

You're still alive? Go back to your nap.

Trailer donkeys unite. In our time of turmoil, we must gather as one pack of 'necks. Lo, it is going to get really ugly before it gets any better.

I fear the Idaho Vandal beatdown.

Do you think the "block and hold your teammate" will be left in the playbook for Idaho or they will shelve it to surprise Tennessee with it?

LMAO jlo...my mancave is bigger than your trailer, sqft and height. You dont get a mancard for being jobless living in a trailer park....is it one word or two?... trailerpark.....whatever works.
I pay lazy people like yourself to stayy home all day and eat free food. I keep lesser beings fed. Eat up, you blight on society.


Just another Ring to go along with BASKETBALL and multiple other sports...

u ? u gots nUffin...

sec baseball champs, wow that means something NOT! Now take a real baseball conference the ACC where the U is dominating but we expect that, we don't worry about just winning our conference title, The U wins National Titles.

Jlo you were saying?

State attorney: Aaron Hernandez is a person of interest in Gainesville shootings

May 15, 2014|Mike Bianchi, SPORTS COMMENTARY

Now that police in Massachusetts have indicted former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and charged him with being a multiple murderer, it's time for the Gainesville Police Department to delve deeply into whether Hernandez was the perpetrator in an attempted murder when he played tight end for the Florida Gators.

It certainly wouldn't be shocking to find out that Hernandez got his start as an alleged serial shooter when he played for the Gators under former University of Florida coach Urban Meyer, whose teams were renowned for running afoul of the law.

Baseball Top-25

SEC- 8 Teams... 10 or 11 will get Regional bids.

acc- 3 teams... maybe 5-6 will get Regional bids.

since u finally joined a conference, albeit an athletically challenged one, and u are now forced to play a non-panzy independant or big least schedule in all sports, u might want to try starting with conference titles first dumb cluck (ur only one in basketball in 8 years, then next year not even an nit invite) rather than national titles, of which u have ZERO since u joined the 5th best conference in college sports.

join us all in the 21st. century someday when u wake up dumb cluck...

btw- the GATORS ='s 27 SEC Titles the last 8 years. u-acc ? ='s 1. ('08 baseball u'll cluck? nope, u won the tourney, not the season 'ship. no ring for that, maybe a patch for ur jacket.)

U r u....dont you mean sec co- champs?????

U were saying Miami ACC Baseball Champions and top 4 team in College baseball and yet the hottest team in college baseball, uf, not so much. How many NC's in baseball for uf, I am waiting, let me help you 00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

Baseball Top-25

SEC- 8 Teams... 10 or 11 will get Regional bids.

acc- 3 teams... maybe 5-6 will get Regional bids.

Lol and sorry acc u beat you f in baseball and football.

Im putti.g 100$ on the vandals even thoigh tuhe odds are not good for a big payout. If nothing else I can double my money.

Once again ufail fans chant sec, sec because they know their baseball team has no shot! How many Baseball National Championships for uFail
Once again jlo,trojie,gatrdumb the truth is you are the #4 Football team and #3 Baseball team in the state AGAIN. LMFAO

The world is laughing at your sorry pathetic life. This article was written 8 days ago and you're still here making ridiculous comments. You're by far the biggest loser I've ever seen in my life!

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