Various Draft Notes on Gators, SEC

It could easily be argued that the recently completed NFL draft is the best in Gator football history. Florida had nine players chosen in the annual NFL selection process which is the second most in school history. However all nine picks were in the first five rounds which is the best UF has ever had.

The draft was highlighted by three first round selections including the highest selection ever for a Gator defensive back or center.

Here are some draft tidbits from this weekend.


* UF has had three players selected by the New England Patriots. The school record for most UF players selected by a single team was the Chicago Bears with four in 2003.

* The Florida Gators finished the 2010 NFL Draft with a nation's-best nine players drafted. Florida set a school record with six players taken in the first two rounds.

• Florida's total of nine players drafted tied for second in school history. However, the Florida-best 10 selections came in ‘78 when the draft was 12 rounds long. Only six of those were chosen in the first seven rounds.

• Nine of Florida's draftees were selected in the first five rounds, making this the most top-loaded draft in school history from a quality standpoint.

• The Gators have now had 42 picks in the first round, and CB Joe Haden became the third-highest drafted Gator defensive player ever, going to the Cleveland Browns with the seventh-overall pick in the draft.

• Center Maurkice Pouncey was the first center selected in the draft, taken by the Steelers with the 18th pick. He is the first UF center ever taken in the first round.

Tim Tebow became the fourth Florida QB ever taken in the first round when the Denver Broncos selected him with the 25th choice.

• With Saturday's selection of Riley Cooper by the Eagles, the Gators have had a WR picked in five straight drafts. UF has also had a total of seven WR and TE drafted since 2008, the best figure in the nation.

• With the selections of Jermaine Cunningham and Carlos Dunlap, Florida has now had eight DL since 2006.

• Florida previously had four players drafted by the Bears in 2003. Of those four, three appeared in Super Bowl XLI following the '06 NFL season, including starters QB Rex Grossman and DT Ian Scott.


Here's a recap of the Gators' selections in the NFL Draft this weekend.
  • CB Joe Haden, Cleveland 1st Round (7)
  • C Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 1st Round (18)
  • QB Tim Tebow, Denver 1st Round (25)
  • DE Jermaine Cunningham, N.E. 2nd Round (53)
  • DE Carlos Dunlap, Cincinnati 2nd Round (54)
  • LB Brandon Spikes, New England 2nd Round (62)
  • S Major Wright, Chicago 3rd Round (75)
  • TE Aaron Hernandez, N.E. 4th Round (113)
  • WR Riley Cooper, Philadelphia 5th Round (159)


Most Players Drafted

1. Florida – 9
2. Alabama, Oklahoma, USC – 7
5. Iowa, LSU, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, Utah – 6


SEC Notes on 2010 NFL Draft

-The SEC had 49 players selected by the NFL. The number represents the most SEC players ever taken in the NFL Draft. Behind the SEC selections were the Big Ten (34), ACC (31), Big 12 (30) and Pac-10 (29).

All 12 SEC schools had at least one player selected. The numbers in order are: Florida (9), Alabama (7), Tennessee (6), LSU (6), Georgia (5), Ole Miss (4), Kentucky (3), Auburn (2), Mississippi State (2), South Carolina (2), Vanderbilt (2), and Arkansas (1)

There have been 67 first round SEC selections in last 10 drafts. The most by the SEC was 11 in the 2007 draft. The lowest in the last 10 drafts was four in 2003 and 2006.

Since conference expansion in 1992, the SEC has had 114 players taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, an average of 6.3 per year. The SEC has had five picks in the top 20 of the first round four years in a row.

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