<B>EXCLUSIVE</B><BR>UFI speaks with <B>Buffalo Bills Director of Football Operations, Tom Modrak</B>, about the Gators in this weekend's NFL Draft. UFI gives you the complete breakdown of the potential Florida draftees.
Tom Modrak Director of Football Operations - Buffalo:
Modrak is a long time veteran of the NFL.
He was the former General Manager of the Philadelphia Eagles and he also
spent 20 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers as the Director of College
Scouting. Below are his thoughts and ours on the Gators entering
the NFL via the draft this weekend.
AP Photo - Mike Groll
6-3.5, 260, 4.7 Defensive End Hometown - Jasper, Florida
Draft Projection - 2nd Round AP Photo - Glen Danforth
2001 Stats - 50 tackles, 10. 5 sacks, 13.5
tackles for a loss
2000 Stats - 56 tackles, 7.5 sacks
1999 Stats - 45 tackles, 13 sacks, 18 tackle
for a loss
1998 Stats - 10 tackles, 2 sacks
Notes - Redshirted at linebacker in 1997 and
backed up Jevon Kearse in '98. Started 9-of-12 games at defensive end in
'99 and won All-Southeastern Conference honors and was a Lombardi Trophy
semifinalist. Started 11-of-12 games in 2000 and won All-SEC honors for
the second year in a row. '01 was a consensus All-American, Associated
Press SEC Defensive Player of the Year and an Outland and Nagurski finalist.
Tom Modrak Comments - "Good pass rusher.
A sack guy. Needs to bulk up or stay at same weight in a 3-4 scheme.
Needs to improve against the run. A first day guy in the draft."
UFInsiders.com Comments - Very athletic and
quick. Super speed rush guy. Very coachable. When good
OLs engage him, Brown can't get off blocks. Can't keep weight on.
Needs to improve against the run.
X-Factor - How motivated will Brown be to
prove the nay-sayers wrong? Will he be Jevan Kearse or Huey Richardson?
Draft Projection - Low first round, high second
round pick. AP Photo - Scott Audette
2001 Stats - 65 receptions for 1,059 yards
and 10 touchdowns
2000 Stats - 549 receptions for 760 yards
and 6 scores
1999 Stats - 23 receptions for 259 yards and
Notes - In 2001, was a second-team All-Southeastern
Conference pick... Two year starter... former high school quarterback.
Tom Modrak Comments - "A different type
of receiver compared to Gaffney. Reche is tough, talented, competitive
and a hard worker. Runs good inside routes. Compares to Pittsburgh
receiver Hines Ward, although not the blocker that Ward is but faster.
A low first, high second round pick."
UFInsiders.com Comments - A guy that knows
what to do with the ball. Very good with the run after the catch.
Will go across the middle. Physical player with good speed.
Needs to improve route running.
X-Factor - What will it take for Caldwell
to be successful? Throw him the ball.
6-1.5, 212 Place Kicker Hometown - Jacksonville, Florida
Draft Projection - Late pick Sunday, possible
Free Agent AP Photo - Joe Richard
2001 Stats - 46 of 48 PATs and 19 of 22 field
2000 Stats - 49 of 53 PATs and 16 of 19 field
goals with a career long of 54
1999 Stats - 8 of 41 extra points and 21 of
24 field goals, with a long of 50
1998 Stats - 33 of 37 extra points and 11
of 15 field goals, with a long of 46
Notes -Former walk-on who was granted a retroactive
redshirt year for 1997 because he only kicked in one game (1-of-1 extra
point). Has been the Gators' top placekicker since '98. Won
All-Southeastern Conference honors in '99 and '01.
Tom Modrak Comments - "Very good kicker.
Late pick Sunday, possible Free Agent."
UFInsiders.com Comments - Battle tested kicker.
Efficient. Extra season benefited Chandler. Has aggressive
mentiality. Needs to maintain confidence like all kickers.
6-0.5, 244, 4.8 Middle Linebacker Hometown - Live Oak, Florida
Draft Projection - 1st Day Guy (most likely
3rd Rd) AP Photo - Lou Krasy
2001 Stats - 107 tackles
2000 Stats - tore MCL in opener
1999 Stats - 109 tackles
1998 Stats - 11 tackles
Notes - In 2001 was first-team All-Conference
honors and some All-America notice.
Tom Modrak Comments - "A two down linebacker
(against the run only). Very good tackle to tackle versus the run.
Davis has great instincts. Sheds blocks well. Should be drafted
on the first day.."
UFInsiders.com Comments - Davis has super
knowledge of the game. Knows where to go and what to do once he gets
there. Physically tough. Super run stopper. Rarely out
of position. Not an LB in passing situations. Has a difficult
time in man-to-man coverage.
X-Factor - Needs to find the right situation
with a team where he strengths fit the team needs.
Draft Projection - Mid to late first round. AP Photo - Dave Martin
2001 Stats - 67 receptions for 1,191 yards
and 13 touchdowns
2000 Stats - 71 receptions for 1,184 yards
Notes - Son of former Florida and New York
Jet WR Derrick Gaffney...Freshman All-America honors and All-Southeastern
Conference honors... Was a consensus All-American and a Fred Biletnikoff
Award finalist in '01.
Tom Modrak Comments - "A very fluid receiver.
Gaffney is a good catcher. Young and should develop quickly.
Low first round pick."
UFInsiders.com Comments - Great body control
and awareness. Good hands. Gaffney is mentally tough and very
competitive. Needs to keep speed he has gained. Kind of a tweener
between an inside and outside receiver.
Draft Projection - Late First, Early Second AP Photo - John Bazemon
Notes - High School All-American. Freshman
All-American in '99. Started all 13 games at the same position in
2000 and was an All-Southeastern Conference pick by the coaches and a second-team
All-SEC pick by the writers. All-SEC and made a number of All-America teams
Tom Modrak Comments - "I think he is the
fourth tackle taken off the board. Mike has upper level talent and
still has room to grow Good technician.Late first round early second
UFInsiders.com Comments - Good pass protector
with good footwork. Intelligent. A flat belly guy with long
arms. Needs to improve run blocking and get stronger in the upper
X-Factor - Will have a better career in a
passing system. Will have something to prove.
Offensive lineman Zac Zedalis, linebacker Travis Carroll, and cornerback Bennie Alexander also enter the draft. Zedalis could be a late second day draft pick or a free agent signee. He has added value because he plays both guard and center. Carroll, like Davis, is an inside backer that plays the run very well. He could be a free agent signee as well. Alexander is a speedy corner that should be a free agent pickup.