GAINESVILLE -- Nine Florida football players participated in 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, and star defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. continues to soar up teams’ draft boards after an impressive weekend.
The 6-foot-3, 261-pound junior is already a consensus top-15 pick. But after running a 4.61 40-yard dash (in style no less with a gold watch and leopard cleats), showcasing his versatility (and quickness) in agility drills and rocking interviews, Fowler has risen as high as No. 2 overall in some mock drafts.
Meanwhile, tailback Matt Jones, left tackle D.J. Humphries, offensive lineman Trenton Brown, center Max Garcia, offensive lineman Chaz Green, linebacker Nerion Ball, punter Kyle Christy and defensive tackle Leon Orr were also in attendance in Indianapolis this weekend.
Aside from Fowler, Humphries flashed the most impressive performance of Florida’s contingent, weighing in at 307 pounds (nearly 20 pounds heavier than his collegiate playing weight) and performing well in various drills.
Humphries, who struggled with injuries and inconsistencies during three years in Gainesville, hit 26 reps on the bench press and is suddenly considered a sleeper first round draft pick.
Jones, at 6-2, 231 pounds, ran OK for a tailback his size (4.61 40-yard dash), but overall he had a nice showing and remains a likely Day 3 selection.
The other remaining Gators (Green, Garcia, Orr, Brown, Ball) participated at various degrees due to injuries and didn’t do much to improve (or worsen for that matter) their draft stocks.
The Gators will host their annual Pro Day on April 7, with several players (Darious Cummings, Mack Brown, Andre Debose) not invited to the combine expected to attend, too. Florida’s Orange & Blue Debut is scheduled for April 11.
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