The SEC led all conferences in NFL Draft selections for the 10th straight year, and the Florida football program once again contributed to that streak.
UF’s seven draft picks tied Alabama for the most among league schools, and the Gators still lead the SEC in first-round selections after Thursday’s results.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took All-America cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III with the No. 11 pick, and safety Keanu Neal went 17th overall to the Atlanta Falcons. Hargreaves and Neal became the fourth pair of collegiate defensive backs and only the second SEC duo from the same team to both be top-20 picks since the start of the common draft era.
Gators defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard, whose 17.5 tackles for loss last season were the most by a Florida player since Alex Brown in 1999, was drafted in the third round by the Chicago Bears, Brown’s former team. At least three Gators have gone in the first three rounds in four of the last seven years.
UF had four more players taken on the third and final day of the draft. Linebacker Antonio Morrison and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson were back-to-back picks in the fourth round by the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively. Florida was one of five schools with at least five players drafted in the first four rounds.
Running back Kelvin Taylor went in the sixth round to the San Francisco 49ers, while defensive end Alex McCalister landed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a seventh-round pick. For the third time in four years, the Gators had at least seven players selected in the NFL draft.