NFL Draft day three updates

The Gators have had at least one player drafted in three of the first four rounds.

On Saturday, it was Max Garcia that was the first Florida player taken. The former Florida center was selected late in the fourth round with pick No. 133 overall by the Denver Broncos.

Garcia transferred from Maryland and came to Florida before the 2012 season. He was forced to sit out in 2012 because of NCAA transfer rules, but in 2013, he started all 12 games while playing left guard and left tackle.

Heading into the spring before the 2014 season, the Florida staff approached Garcia about moving inside to center. He had never played the position before but said he was willing to do whatever the team needed. After struggling with snaps during the spring, Garcia turned into the most consistent performer on the Florida offense in 2014.

Garcia was the third Florida offensive lineman drafted this year, joining D.J. Humphries (1st round/Arizona) and Chaz Green (3rd round/Dallas).

Former Florida linebacker Neiron Ball was selected in the fifth round with the No. 161 overall pick by the Oakland Raiders.

After playing as a freshman in 2010, Ball was sidelined with an arteriovascular malformation condition in 2011. He battled back to play in 11 games during the 2012 season with two starts. He made 14 total starts over his last two seasons before a knee injury ended his senior year last fall.

Ball leaves Florida with 94 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks.

The Raiders continued to draft former Florida players, adding wide receiver/returner Andre Debose in the seventh round with pick No. 221 overall. Debose left Gainesville with the school record and tied for the SEC record with four kickoff returns for a touchdown.

Most of his production came as a returner specialist, but Debose ended his career with 29 catches for 543 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

Trenton Brown was the fourth Florida offensive lineman drafted this year. He was taken in the seventh round by the San Francisco 49ers with pick No. 244 overall.

Brown transferred to Florida from Georgia Military College before the 2013 season and played in all 12 games, including five starts. In 2014, he played in 11 games and made six starts. He played mostly tackle as a junior and moved to guard as a senior. Brown's most appealing asset is his 6-8, 361-pound frame.

There were six players drafted from the 2014 Florida offense.

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