Two More Gators Selected in NFL Draft

The third day of the NFL Draft ended without much of a bang for the Gators. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took Ahmad Black in the fifth round, and the Washington Redskins selected Maurice Hurt in the seventh round. It wasn't the banner number of players taken as the Gators have experienced in recent years, but the final day selections came as a relief to the two selected.

Black was taken with the 20th pick of the fifth round (151st overall), and it came to the team he grew up rooting for. The former Lakeland High School player grew up an hour from Tampa, and that was the team he wanted to select him. It was the 151st overall pick that the Buccaneers used to take Black.

He was the first Gator selected by Tampa Bay since Kenyatta Walker was drafted in the first round of the 2001 draft. Black is the second Gator defensive player taken by the Buccaneers, and the first one was linebacker Scot Brantley in 1980.

Black is the third player from the Florida secondary drafted in the last two years, as Joe Haden (Cleveland/1st round) and Major Wright (Chicago/3rd round) were taken last year. The three defensive backs selected in the last two years ties Florida for the most among SEC teams, but Nebraska and Texas led the country with four each.

Black made 39 starts and appeared in 48 games during his Florida career. He finished his career as the active leader for interceptions in the SEC with 13, also tied for sixth in the nation. He returned three of those interceptions for touchdowns.

The Washington Redskins selected Hurt with the 14th pick in the seventh round (217th overall). He was the third former Florida offensive lineman taken this year and the fourth in the last two years.

Wide receiver Taylor Jacobs was the last Florida player selected by the Redskins, taken in the second round in 2003.

Hurt played in 41 games during his career and made 17 starts. Last season, he started games at right tackle, right guard and left guard.

Florida was one of two schools to have three offensive linemen taken in this year's draft. It's the sixth time in school history that Florida has had three offensive linemen drafted in the same year, most recently coming in 1992.

The draft ended with Mike Pouncey as the only first-round selection for the Gators, making it five straight years that Florida has had a first-round pick. That is the longest streak in the country. The pick also ensured Florida is the only school in the country to have an offensive lineman selected in the first round during the past two drafts.


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