Welcome to Chomp Chat, SEC Country’s daily Florida podcast with reporter Zach Abolverdi and Gators broadcaster Jeff Cardozo.
Florida had five players selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, and the Gators have a chance to double number next year.
If they do, it will tie the school record for most picks in a draft. Florida had 10 players selected in 1978, including first-round pick West Chandler.
Nine former Gators have been drafted three times in school history, most recently in 2010 with first-round picks Joe Haden, Maurkice Pouncey and Tim Tebow.
In the latest edition of Chomp Chat, we discuss the Florida players who will be candidates to turn pro after the 2018 season.
Here are the topics on Thursday’s show:
- Former 5-star recruits CeCe Jefferson and Martez Ivey will be NFL bound along with fellow lineman Fred Johnson, who could finish his college career with 30-plus starts. A couple more seniors may also play their way into the draft this fall.
- As for juniors, running back Jordan Scarlett, wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland, tackle Jaawan Taylor, defensive end Jabari Zuniga, linebacker David Reese, defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson could all leave early for the draft.
- If Ole Miss transfer Van Jefferson is ruled eligible for 2018, the junior wide receiver could have a breakout year and become a first- or second-round pick. Running back Lamical Perine and linebacker/defensive end Jachai Polite will play behind Scarlett and Jefferson, respectively, but one of them could produce enough to make an early jump.
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