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NFL Combine: Gator performances

Seven Florida Gators participated in the NFL Scouting Combine this past weekend and few of them may have really helped themselves.

After looking at all the numbers turned in by the former Gators, I think it is safe to say that nobody really hurt themselves with the numbers they put up.  

While there was nothing special with the numbers that running back Kelvin Taylor turned, Florida’s 1,000 yard back from a year ago ran about what most thought he would in the 40-yard dash with a 4.60 flat. That isn’t a bad number for a 207 pound back, Taylor’s money is going to be made on film and watching his ability to make people miss, not from combine drills.

Receiver Demarcus Robinson may have done more for his draft status during the interview sessions of the combine than during the physical part.  Again, his numbers weren’t bad. Weighing 203 pounds and putting up those numbers are good things. But coming clean on some personal issues and taking responsibility seemed to go a long way with public opinion.

Gator

Player

40

Bench Press

Reps of 225

Broad

Jump

Vertical

3-Cone

Drill

20-yard

shuttle

Kelvin Taylor  (5-10, 207)

4.60

15 Reps

9’5”

32.0”

N/A

N/A

Demarcus Robinson  (6-1, 203)

4.59

N/A

10’3”

34.5”

6.77 sec.

4.19 sec.

Jake McGee  (6-5, 250)

N/A

17 Reps

N/A

N/A

N/A sec.

N/A

Jonathan Bullard (6-3, 285)

4.93

23 Reps

9’7”

32.0”

7.31 sec.

4.56 sec.

Alex McCalister  (6-6, 239)

4.80

N/A

10’8”

34.5”

7.01 sec.

4.00 sec.

Vernon Hargreaves (5-10, 204)

4.50

15 Reps

10’10”

39.0”

N/A

3.98 sec.

Keanu Neal   (6-0, 211)

4.62

17 Reps

11’0”

38.0”

7.09 sec.

4.38 sec.

Tight end Jake McGee decided not to do any of the speed or agility drills, instead he just did the bench press. If there was someone that didn’t rate it was probably Mcgee who put up just 17 repetitions on the bench.

Jonathan Bullard is one that likely helped himself.  Clocking in at a personal high of 285 pounds, Bullard finished 13th among 63 defensive linemen in the broad jump, getting his 285 pounds up and out to a distance of 9-foot-7.  He finished 14th in the 3-cone drill among the 63 linemen going 7.31 seconds. Bullard’s film will be one of the best from this year and a solid 4.93 in the 40 and his other times should have helped him in my opinion.

Alex McCalister was likely the one Gator that turned the most heads. McCalister was the top defensive linemen in both the broad jump (10’8”) and the 20-yard shuttle (4.00 sec.). Maybe the most impressive thing with McCalister was that he finished in the top 10 of every category he participated. He finished 4th in the 3-cone drill (7.01 sec), 8th in the 40 (4.80 sec.), and 9th in the vertical jump (34.5”). McCalister has some demons of his own in terms of suspensions at Florida, but these physical feats at the combine have ways of making teams overlook those things to a certain extent. Regardless, McCalister definitely helped himself.

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 Safety Keanu likely surprised some at the combine as well. While his 4.60 seconds in the 40 was not a bad time, he was tops at the safety position in the broad jump (11’0”) and 2nd among the 22 safeties in attendance in the vertical jump (38.0”). I have maintained that Neal’s money would be made from watching his film. He’s a play maker on defense, is always around the ball, and constantly a threat to pick it off or take it away. But, his combine numbers likely moved him up a little bit in the eyes of the scouts.

Last but certainly not least, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves lived up to the talk of him being a top ten pick. With a solid, but not spectacular 40 (4.50 sec.), Hargreaves finished in the top 15 in four different events, top four in three of them. Hargreaves jumped a very nice 10’10” in the broad jump finishing third among the 37 corners in attendance. He jumped 39” in the vertical, good  for 3rd. He also ran a 3.98 second 20-yard shuttle. Hargreaves also showed his elite ball skills during the drills, something that we have seen since his arrival at Florida.

In all it was a good to great day for the Gators present at the NFL combine. 

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