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Eight Gators invited to NFL Combine

The NFL likes the Florida Gators and several of the SEC Eastern Champion’s players are going to be able to show their stuff at the NFL combine that starts on February 28.

The Florida offense had just one invite. Junior offensive tackle David Sharpe decided to leave school early and take his chances in the NFL. A two year starter at left tackle, Sharpe was a big part of an improved offensive line for the Gators in 2016. He was one of only two Gators on offense or defense that started every game of the 2016 season.

Up front on defense, redshirt junior Caleb Brantley checked out a year ahead as well and is expected to go on day one of the draft. He was second team All-SEC in 2016 and led the team in tackles for loss with 9.5.

Senior defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. started 28 times in his career and was productive when he played. Injured for quite a bit of his senior season he had two outings that stood out with nine tackles against Tennessee on the road and six quarterback hurries on the road at Vanderbilt. He’s a big-sized defensive end prospect and could play DE in in 3-4 scheme as well as 4-3.

A pair of linebackers were invited to the combine. Senior Jarrad Davis missed four games due to injury and started all nine games he was involved in finishing with 60 tackles. Despite missing the four games he finished second on the team in tackles (60) and quarterback hurries (5). Davis earned second team All-American honors even after missing four games. He is not expected to do much work at the combine because of his ankle injury.

Redshirt junior Alex Anzalone also had a season cut short due to an arm injury and despite that was still third on the team in tackles (54). Anzalone’s final year was his best and was a true leader on the field for the Gators. He is expected to work out at the combine.

Senior Marcus Maye is one of three members of the Florida secondary that was invited to the combine. Yet another Gator that had his season cut short, Maye started the first nine games before injuring his arm against South Carolina. He finished fourth on the team in tackles with 50. After earning First Team All-American honors as a junior, he garnered Second Team All-SEC honors in injury shortened senior season.

The two highest rated prospects for Florida are junior cornerbacks Teez Tabor and Quincy Wilson, and both were invited to the combine.

Tabor started in 12 games and finished with 33 tackles and four interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown. Tabor earned Second Team All-American honors from various outlets for his junior season.

Wilson was one of two Gators on the entire roster to start all 13 games in 2017. He finished with 33 tackles and three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Earned various Second Team All-SEC honors for his play in the 2017 season. 

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