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)
UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS
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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