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Pro Football Focus says the Falons had the very worst value-per-pick draft of any organization in the NFL.

Ouch. "PFF didn’t have [Keanu] Neal anywhere near the first round, ranking him at No. 176 overall after he posted one of the lowest grades among safeties in this year’s draft class," Jeff Dooley wrote. "The Falcons then doubled down on physically talented players who graded poorly by selecting [Rd. 2 OLB Deion] Jones, who ranked No. 250 on our board." The site didn't chart Jones' speed as translating "to his being an effective player in pass defense, ranking 97th in coverage grade out of 108 linebackers in the class." Outside of the top two, Atlanta picked Stanford TE Austin Hooper and three projects.
May 6 - 6:01 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain believes redshirt junior QB Luke Del Rio can be as productive or more productive than former starter Will Grier.

Grier, still serving a year-long, NCAA-imposed PED suspension, transferred. "We expect [Del Rio] to take it farther than [Grier did]," McElwain said. "That’s kind of what it’s all about. But we’ll see how he leads the team, we’ll see how he takes what the defense gives him and time will tell there." Grier had 1,204 passing yards, a 66 percent completion rate, and a 10/3 TD/INT rate with the Gators. Some may see hyperbole in McElwain's quotes, but consider that multiple people in the program, including NFL-bound former TE Jake McGee, think Del Rio would have challenged Grier for the starting gig last year had he been eligible. Del Rio is well versed in Doug Nussmeier’s system and lit it up in the spring. He's a strong SEC Newcomer of the Year contender.
Source: SEC Country
May 6 - 5:31 PM

Per Pro Football Focus, the Bucs had the third-worst value-per-pick class of any team in the NFL.

Unlike most teams that it panned, PFF actually liked Tampa Bay's first two picks, Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves and Eastern Kentucky DE Noah Spence. After that, though, they hated what the Bucs did, namely the trade-up to select FSU K Roberto Aguayo at the end of Rd. 2. "... any time you draft a kicker in the second round, and in particular if you trade up to do so, your draft-value-added number is going to take a hit," Jeff Dooley wrote. "Even worse: Aguayo made just five of his 10 field-goal attempts from 40-plus yards last season."
May 6 - 5:16 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva graded Tampa Bay's draft class a C+.

The analyst liked what the Bucs did in Rd. 1 in trading back to select the guy they wanted anyway, Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves. He also liked the Rd. 2 pick of Eastern Kentucky DE Noah Spence, which filled a need. Silva hated what came next, though, the much-maligned trade-up for Florida State K Roberto Aguayo at the end of Rd. 2. "I loved that Licht attacked his two biggest needs with value picks in rounds one and two, and believe he could eventually get useful snaps from [North Carolina Central CB Ryan Smith], [UCLA T/G Caleb Benenoch], and/or [Oklahoma LB Devante Bond] within the next few year," Silva wrote. "I'm entirely not a fan of trading up to draft any kicker in the second round."
Source: Rotoworld
May 5 - 6:25 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva panned the Falcons' draft class, giving the organization a C-.

Silva didn't find fault with Atlanta attempting to fill the Kam Chancellor role in HC Dan Quinn's defense by taking Neal No. 17, but saw many of the club's later picks as random or unnecessary. "[Thomas] Dimitroff and [Scott] Pioli entered the draft with a depleted arsenal and were never in position to fix their flawed roster, but I'm not sure how much better they got with this draft," Silva wrote. "The Falcons still have weaknesses at right guard, wideout, slot corner, and in the pass-rush department."
Source: Rotoworld
May 3 - 6:29 PM

Pro Football Focus believes that the Bears' selection of Florida DE Jonathan Bullard was the best pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The context here is key. As analyst Gordon McGuinness noted, "To find a defensive lineman with Bullard’s upside in the third round [at pick No. 72] is ridiculous value." He went on to write that "Bullard isn’t even a high-risk, high-reward type player. His run-stopping ability will most certainly translate to the NFL after he led all of college with a +51.5 run defense grade a year ago." McGuinness and the fine folks at PFF are less certain as to Bullard's potential NFL success against the pass.
May 2 - 9:53 PM

Panthers signed Florida TE Jake McGee.

McGee (6'6/250) spent three years at Virginia before transferring to Florida for his sixth-year senior campaign, posting a career receiving line of 112-1,150-11 (10.3 YPR) and earning second-team All-SEC accolades in 2015. McGee showed sub-par athleticism at the Gators' Pro Day, clocking 4.84 with lineman-like vertical (28 1/2") and broad (9'6") jumps. A high school quarterback, McGee has excellent ball skills and NFL size, but he lacks big-play receiving ability and needs to learn how to block. Long term, McGee's ceiling is Matt Spaeth.
May 1 - 12:53 PM

Eagles selected Florida DE Alex McCalister with the No. 240 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

McCalister (6'6/239) turned pro after his redshirt junior campaign, only starting six college games but piling up 18.5 career tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, six interceptions and seven forced fumbles. McCalister has incredibly long arms (36") and good athleticism, running 4.80 with a 10-foot-8 broad jump and terrific agility scores in Indy. Unfortunately, McCalister was kicked off the UF team last December and is a major project. McCalister's calling card is his elite get-off after the snap. He has a low floor, but upside as a potential rush end-'backer in sub-packages.
Apr 30 - 6:18 PM

49ers selected Florida RB Kelvin Taylor with the No. 211 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Taylor (5'10/207) shared time with Matt Jones and others before taking over as Florida's lead back as a third-year junior in 2015, rushing for 1,035 yards and 13 touchdowns on 259 carries (4.00 YPC). Taylor averaged an underwhelming 4.34 yards per carry in his college career and only caught 32 passes in three seasons. Taylor's sub-par athleticism showed up at the Combine, running 4.60 with a 9-foot-5 broad jump. With small hands (8 1/4") and an indecisive running mentality, Taylor has the ceiling of a lightly used situational back.
Apr 30 - 5:25 PM

Chiefs selected Florida WR Demarcus Robinson with the No. 126 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Robinson (6'1/203) spent three years with the Gators before going pro, totaling a 106-1,355-9 (12.8 YPR) receiving line across 20 starts. He led the Gators in catches in each of his final two seasons. Robinson's Combine workout disappointed, running 4.59 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical. The nephew of ex-Bears and Vikings WR Marcus Robinson, Demarcus was suspended four times in college, lacks route-running polish, and isn't quite the athlete he was billed to be. Albeit an exciting college player, Robinson probably has a third-receiver ceiling in the NFL.
Apr 30 - 1:34 PM

Colts selected Florida ILB Antonio Morrison with the No. 125 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Morrison (6'1/233) made 37 starts for the Gators, logging 21 career tackles for loss and three forced fumbles and earning first-team All-SEC as a senior. Morrison suffered a torn left meniscus with cartilage damage at the end of his junior season that may have cost him mobility, as he ran a painfully slow 5.1 forty at Florida's Pro Day and struggled mightily in agility tests. Morrison was an aggressive, downhill run defender in the SEC, but at the NFL level he will be an athletically-challenged, undersized player. Perhaps he'll carve out a career like Brandon Spikes', but that is Morrison's ceiling.
Apr 30 - 1:29 PM

Bears selected Florida DE Jonathan Bullard with the No. 72 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Bullard (6'3/285) made 36 starts for Florida, piling up career 33.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks en route to first-team All-SEC honors as a senior. Bullard showed plus athleticism at the Combine, running 4.93 with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. Bullard spent time at both end and tackle at Florida and has a 'tweener build, but he boasts impressive quickness and a non-stop motor with versatility to rush and stop the run from multiple alignments. It remains to be seen whether Bullard can grow into an every-down NFL player, but he should be an early contributor in Chicago.
Apr 29 - 10:06 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris counts Florida DL Jonathan Bullard as the fifth-best prospect available for Day 2 of the draft.

Norris loves "[Bullard's] ability to win as a defensive end against the run and impact passing downs when lining up inside," noting that he can "win with power immediately or can win with length to shed and make the tackle." The 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman earned a comparison to an actual alligator from CBS Sports' Rob Rang due to his tenacity and aggressiveness. Bullard could be drafted as early as the second round, so he should stay on his toes when Day 2 festivities kick off in Chicago at 7 EST.
Source: Rotoworld
Apr 29 - 2:46 PM

Falcons selected Florida SS Keanu Neal with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Neal (6'1/211) went pro after three seasons at UF, tallying 4.5 career tackles for loss, four interceptions, and two forced fumbles as a 19-game starter. Although Neal managed a 4.62 forty in Indy, his explosive athleticism was displayed in the vertical (38") and broad (11') jumps. A vicious hitter, Neal can physically set the tone and possesses good enough movement skills and range to be functional in pass coverage.
Apr 28 - 10:11 PM

Buccaneers selected Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2016 draft

Hargreaves (5'11/204) started 37 games in three seasons for the Gators, piling up 10 career interceptions and first-team All-SEC honors in his sophomore and junior years. Supremely young for a rookie, Hargreaves won't be of legal drinking age until June. Although Hargreaves ran a slightly underwhelming 4.50 forty in Indy, he showed explosion in the vertical (39") and broad (10'10") jumps before shining in agility tests. Possessing an elite combination of quicks, competitiveness, and ball skills, Hargreaves offers No. 1-cornerback potential.
Apr 28 - 9:38 PM


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