GAINESVILLE, Fla. — All five juniors who left Florida early have been drafted.
The Philadelphia Eagles selected Gators defensive end Alex McCalister in the seventh round with the No. 240 overall pick of the 2016 draft.
McCalister had a productive junior season when he was on the field, recording 6.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss in just nine games played. He was dismissed from the team last December but competed in Florida’s Pro Day.
“As you know, when we lost Alex we weren’t anywhere as good on third down,” UF coach Jim McElwain said. “That was a big part of it. He was a guy that helped us get off the field.”
Off the field, however, is where McCalister had issues. He’ll need to mature at the next level and continue filling out his frame.
But the 6-foot-6, 239-pounder has freakish athleticism and length, making him a difficult matchup off the edge.
“That’s what they see in him,” McElwain said. “He obviously can rush the passer and does a great job when he’s in there. I know they’re really happy in how he’s trained and the things he’s put as far as measurables go.”