GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For the second consecutive Pro Day, all 32 NFL teams had representatives in Gainesville to watch Florida’s draft prospects.
But this year’s event had a different feel.
The 15 former players who worked out Tuesday led the Gators last season to their first SEC East title since 2009. Nine of the players are projected to be draft picks, with as many as three potentially going in the first round.
Coach Jim McElwain has said his 2015 team set the foundation and expectation level for success at Florida. He hopes Tuesday’s turnout is the new standard for Pro Days to come.
“That means we got good players,” McElwain said. “This speaks volumes for the caliber of players here and people wanting to come take a look at them.
“A lot of really good players come to the University of Florida. Obviously to have every single team and have representatives from every single team speaks a lot to our program.”
UF also held its first-ever Pro Day in the indoor practice facility and had the event aired live on SEC Network. In years past, weather and field conditions made it difficult for players.
“Having this facility is great,” McElwain said. “The comments we’ve gotten on this have been outstanding and it’s been great for the guys.”
Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard turned in first-round performances Tuesday, while safety Keanu Neal and running back Kelvin Taylor improved their 40-yard dashes.
Tight end Jake McGee, linebacker Antonio Morrison and defensive back Brian Poole all worked out in front of NFL personnel for the first time after missing the combine. Poole made himself some money with his showing.
“The response from the scouts has been outstanding in kind of how our guys handle themselves,” McElwain said. “Not only in the workouts, but all the interviews. So it’s great to see. What a fun day for the Gators.”