Gators Go for Draft Record Today

Florida has already had seven players selected in the NFL Draft, and more are expected to be chosen today. The question is whether or not the school record for total players sent to the NFL in a single draft will fall or not. It's 10, set back in 1978 when the draft was 12 rounds long.

Two players who are still available for teams to take are surprising. Tight end Aaron Hernandez was ranked as a late second to early third rounder by most draft analysts, and wide receiver Riley Cooper was also expected to be gone by this point. Each of them should go at some point early in today's proceedings, which will get Florida to nine total draftees. The question after that is whether other Gators will get selected in the final rounds.

Ryan Stamper appears to be the Gators best shot for a 10th draftee. His speed is a concern, but he's highly regarded for his intelligence and character. Pro Football Weekly had him rated as the 13th best inside linebacker coming into the draft. Dustin Doe is likely to wind up as a free agent.

On the offensive side of the ball, wide receiver David Nelson's probably got the best chance of anyone of being selected after Hernandez and Cooper. His height may appeal to teams even though his overall college production is not spectacular. Brandon James has some hope of being a late rounder as a return specialist, although he's more likely a free agent.

The draft concludes with the final four rounds beginning at 10 a.m. today.


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