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Look back:  Recruiting rankings for draft likely Gators Part 2

The Florida Gators should have several players go in the NFL Draft later this week. WE take a historical look back at where these NFL prospects were ranked when recruited by Florida and our thoughts on whether they were underrated or overrated.

We will start the list alphabetically and list those that we expect to get drafted in the NFL this week. This is based on perception of these prospects as players to this point.

We are going to approach the list alphabetically and give you the first half today.

Joey Ivie (Projected Round 6-7) 2013 SCOUT RANK: #42 DT

Flashback to recruitment: Ivie was a Gator early on and committed shortly after being offered. 

His time at Florida: A steady player, he wasn’t asked to make plays as much as take u space in his time. He made some plays anyway, but was a steady force that played as a true freshman and was a mainstay in his last two seasons on campus.

Scout rank compared to finish: We shall see if Ivie is drafted or makes an NFL team. As far as comparing ranking to how he played for the Gators, I would say not too far off but maybe a little underrated. He wasn’t a three year starter, but he did contribute some from the beginning, so I believe that should have merited a little bit of a higher ranking.


Marcus Maye (Projected Round 2-3) 2012 SCOUT RANK: #92 Nationally; #7 Safety

Flashback to recruitment: Maye was another committed early to Florida and was big on helping recruit for the Gators. There was no turning away for this guy.

His time at Florida: He redshirted due to depth and an injury. He played four years and was an all-star his last two seasons. He’s intelligent and plays aggressively and with force.

Scout rank compared to finish: The high ranking was spot on for Maye who should be a fist day draft pick this week.


OT David Sharpe (Projected Round 5-7) 2014 SCOUT RANK: #181 Nationally; #12 OT

Flashback to recruitment: Sharpe was pretty much a Gator throughout his recruitment and while flirting a little bit late, followed through with what he always wanted to do.

His time at Florida: Sharpe was upset in year one when he didn’t play very much despite injuries on the line. In 2015 he was probably the best player on an offensive line that was one of the worst in college football. He wasn’t great, but he showed moments of great play. Last season was solid, but not overwhelming for Sharpe. For a guy that was supposed to have really quick feet due to his basketball background in high school, he never really showed enough of that in college.

Scout rank compared to finish: I think a guy that is expected to get drafted after only three years of college ball should usually not be considered overrated when it comes to his recruiting rankings, but there are many of you that follow the Gators that probably find it hard to believe he will be drafted. I don’t think he is ready personally, but I am not a guy that makes those decisions either. After consideration I do believe that his ranking was probably a little too high.

CB Teez Tabor (Projected Round 1-3) 2014 SCOUT RANK: #41 Nationally; #5 CB

Flashback to recruitment: The biggest surprise for the Gators in recruiting since I have covered it. He surprised a lot by committing to Arizona at the Under Armour All-American Game in the first couple of days of January. Alabama was thought to be the leader until he committed. I was able to break the flip a few days later when he told me he was headed to Florida to start classes early with the Gators. This one was a compromise with his parents who didn’t want him to go so far from home to Arizona and he didn’t want to go to Alabama.

His time at Florida: Not many on defense have had a three year career at Florida like Tabor has. Four interceptions for touchdowns in his three years, a lock-down corner that has played at a high level since the day he arrived. Only marred by a couple of incidents that led to one-game suspensions, Tabor had a stellar career at Florida.

Scout rank compared to finish: Certainly with his play his ranking was deserved. He may drop in the Draft due to combine numbers, but that means nothing for what he did on the field.

CB Quincy Wilson (Projected Round 1-2) 2014 SCOUT RANK: #46 Safety

Flashback to recruitment: His story mimics that of Jarrad Davis. He was spurned by his lifetime favorite Miami and so when Florida came calling, he was on it. It was a decision Miami has certainly regretted for three years. He was also one of the bigger recruiters for the class.

His time at Florida: Wilson was a physical player from day one and his technique and skill level were far beyond most when he showed up. He got on the field as a true freshman, surprising some, and he played very well as a sophomore, before finally turning in an All-SEC type junior season and deciding to leave early for this draft.

Scout rank compared to finish: Again like Davis, Wilson was highly underrated with his ranking. Most thought of him as a safety as did SCOUT, but he turned into one heck of a cornerback prospect and has a chance to go in the first round on Thursday. 

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