Scouting the SEC: Florida

It's been a rough start to the Ron Zook era in Gainesville and it may not get any easier for the Gators in the near future. The roster is full of solid young talent yet there is no single outstanding NFL-prospect scouts are looking at and for the first time in recent history the Gators may not have a player drafted in the first day.

The top talent on offense resides up front with a pair of blockers who have seen limited starting action.  Jonathan Colon is a nice sized tackle and a solid athlete who moves well about the field.  Flashing skill, he stands out on film the few times he's on the playing field.  Colon must prove the ability to consistently play at a high level to be anything other than a late round pick next April but should be considired a developmental prospect.  Likewise the Tavarus Washington is a big bodied blocker who moves into the starting left tackle position this season but may be better suited for guard at the next level.  Another solid athlete, Washington is big and strong with the abilities to dominate opponents.  Like his teammate he must pull the pieces together and prove himself to be a consistent lineman.  A former defensive tackle, Mo Mitchell now moves the offensive side of the ball.  Playing low to the ground, he displays explosion and quickness off the snap as well as the ability to get leverage on opponents.  And while he possesses solid underlying skills Mitchell has had a propensity of taking downs off and shows little in the way of consistency.  Again, he is a prospect with solid underlying skills and, at face value, offers good potential of the next level.  Junior guard Lance Butler is a small area blocker who explodes off the ball while center Mike Degory is another quick lineman not effective in space.  Receiver O. J.  Small becomes the primary target this season at Florida. A consistent pass catcher able to make the difficult reception, he weighs more than 220-pounds yet is barely 6-feet tall and may ultimately be tried at an H-back position.

On defense Cory Bailey is a strong safety who grades out well athletically but a prospect best suited as a dime back at the next level.

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