Kiper speaks on draft-eligible Gators

With four early departures and multiple seniors that could be drafted, the 2013 NFL Draft will be full of good news for members of the 2012 Florida team. Florida head coach Will Muschamp wants his team to mimic the NFL on offense and defense. The number of Gators drafted this year should be the first step to showing that. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper addressed Florida's player on Wedneday.

Jelani Jenkins:

"I would've stayed another year and put together the kind of year at full strength that he's capable of. Instead of being a third-to-fifth round pick, he could've been in the second round discussion. I would question that a bit.

"Put together a good year and go through the process, which would mean going through the Senior Bowl and doing the things down in Mobile that can help you. I thought Jelani Jenkins could've upgraded over where he was.

"If you're a third or fourth round pick and can play, hey, everything will be fine. If you're a good football player, you're a good football player. I think he could've gone a little higher by going back."

Sharrif Floyd:

"Sharrif Floyd had a heck of a year. I think he's solidly in the first round, at worst early second, but I have him in the first. I have no problem with that decision."

Matt Elam:

"Matt Elam could be the second safety off the board. You figure late (first round) to early two."

Jordan Reed:

"Jordan Reed can catch the football, and I think he'll have nice workouts. As a tight end, it could be a third or fourth (round) pick. Could he have elevated that? Maybe, but I have no issue with it."

Xavier Nixon:

"Xavier Nixon, there's certainly a role for him. I think he could push to being a starter in this league. At worst, a very good backup."

Jon Bostic:

"I like the way Bostic hits. I like his range. If you look at the inside linebacker position, after the top group — which you look at T'eo, Ogletree, Minter, Kevin Reddick— Bostic could be right in that mix. He's really competing to become the fourth inside linebacker, at worst the fifth or sixth inside linebacker to come off the board. The three are established. You have T'eo, Ogletree and Minter, they're going to be your first three. After that, good luck. He could be right in the mix to be your next guy."

Mike Gillislee:

"Gillislee had a heck of a year running the football. He's not a starter, I think he's more of a backup that can help you if he's forced into that role. We saw what BenJarvus Green-Ellis has done as a guy in the NFL—a guy that was undrafted and look what he has done in the NFL. Gillislee keeps the chains moving. He's productive, he's consistent."

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