GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Running back Kelvin Taylor is taking his talents to San Francisco.
The former Gator was selected by the 49ers in the sixth round with the No. 211 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.
Taylor decided to turn pro after a breakout junior season, when he became only Florida’s second 1,000-yard rusher of the last decade and scored the most touchdowns (13) by a Gators running back since his father, Fred Taylor, in 1997.
“Here’s a guy that obviously had a great season for us with a very young offensive line, put up really good numbers,” UF coach Jim McElwain said of Taylor, who erased concerns about his pass-catching ability at Florida’s Pro Day. “He has good hands out of the backfield. For him it’s just a matter again of going and proving himself.”
As a Gator legacy and a five-star recruit, Taylor came to UF with high expectations. He not only fulfilled those in 2015, but helped the Gators win their first SEC East championship in six years.
“It meant a whole lot to me,” Taylor said of his junior campaign. “I wish I was able to give you guys more with my three years in The Swamp, but at the same time I felt like I had a pretty good season this year. It’s just going to get better and better throughout my career. I’m just going to keep taking it a notch up and improving.”