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ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay believes Florida junior edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. could be a fit with the Atlanta Falcons with the No. 8 overall pick.

"They're going to wind up in a position to get a good player," McShay said via conference call. "If I'm them, I’m hoping that a Randy Gregory (Nebraska OLB) or a Shane Ray (Missouri DE) falls to them and they are able to get a player that’s a little bit more explosive, but (Florida Gators DE Dante) Fowler is a versatile defensive lineman, too." In his time at Florida, the 6-foot-3, 277-pound Fowler was allowed to freelance frequently, as he attacked from multiple angles and alignments. We think Fowler's best traits are his hand use, counter moves and ability to win on the outside or working back in. McShay believes Fowler "has one of the highest motors of any player," and notes that "he and Shane Ray are two guys that just never quit."
Jan 30 - 2:51 PM

Dan Quinn, the Falcons next HC, recruited Florida EDGE Dante Fowler Jr. while working with the Gators.

Obviously there is a lot of dot connecting that can be done here. The Falcons desperately need an edge rusher, they have the No. 8 pick, Quinn and Fowler have history... but really, the decision will come from Scott Pioli and Thomas Dimitroff. Fowler "was one that we thought would develop into a pass rusher," Quinn said. "His first year there, he played right away as a true freshmen." We think Fowler's best traits are his hand use, counter moves and ability to win on the outside or working back in.
Jan 29 - 10:45 AM

Florida junior edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. ranks as CBS Sports' Dane Brugler's No. 3 overall prospect.

"While he has some struggles against the run, Fowler has relentless energy and controlled explosion to disrupt the pocket and be a defensive difference-maker in a 3-4 scheme," Brugler wrote. Evaluators love the 6-foot-3, 277-pounder's ability to work in different schemes. Fowler might not be the most athletic edge player, but he is aggressive and active with his hands and length. His counter moves are a thing of beauty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 28 - 8:06 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports that former Kentucky HC and Florida WR coach Joker Phillips has agreed to become the Browns' WR coach.

As expected. This is Phillips' first NFL job, and it comes at a good time, as he became persona non grata in the college ranks after the NCAA received a photo of him sitting in a restaurant with a recruit during the "dead period." It's unfortunate, as Phillips was a skilled recruiter and a respected coach. His punishment will be a football purgatory of sorts, forced to work with Cleveland's lackluster receivers.
Jan 28 - 5:42 PM

The Browns have spoken multiple times with former Kentucky HC and Florida WR coach Joker Phillips about joining the organization, reports Lane Adkins of the Orange and Brown Report.

Phillips is the favorite to land the school's WR coach gig. He resigned last June from his post at Florida while under investigation for a recruiting violation (the NCAA received a photo of Phillips sitting in a restaurant with a recruit during the "dead period" of recruiting). Phillips would inherit a bare cupboard with regards to Cleveland's receiving corps.
Jan 26 - 6:04 PM

Florida senior OL Max Garcia's "effort and hand placement have stood out on tape when we've studied him this week," observed Scout's Inc.

"He's so good at latching on to his man that he can quickly get back into position even when he loses balance. He isn't the most physically gifted lineman, but he consistently executes his assignment," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. Garcia, a former Maryland Terrapin, has made starts at center, left tackle and left guard during his career. CBS Sports' Rob Rang likes his knee bend and flexibility.
Jan 25 - 2:01 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Florida senior C Max Garcia capitalized on his opportunity to fill in at the Senior Bowl.

Garcia got the Senior Bowl opportunity after three centers -- Andy Gallik of Boston College, Hroniss Grasu of Oregon and Cameron Erving of Florida State -- had to pull out due to injuries. "Garcia got the call and made the most of his opportunity with a steady week of practice reps," Zierlein wrote. "His strength at the point of attack against Washington's Danny Shelton and Iowa's Carl Davis caught the eyes of scouts and could force them to go back and take a closer look at him once again." Garcia, a Maryland transfer, has started at T, G and C during his career.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 25 - 12:01 AM

Florida senior OG Trenton Brown was the "biggest eye-opener of the weigh-ins Tuesday," according to Scout's Inc.

Well, we guess so. Brown stunned the crowd -- as he does any crowd -- by checking in at 6-foot-8 1/2, 376 pounds, with 35 1/2-inch arms. "He showed good initial strength in the drills sessions Tuesday, but he struggled to sustain his blocks and needs to show better balance," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "He jumped offsides on one play as well. He'll be an intriguing guy to watch this week." Brown is a former basketball player with solid lateral agility.
Jan 24 - 12:20 PM

The NCAA approved Florida redshirt senior TE Jake McGee's appeal for a sixth year of eligibility.

McGee snapped his tibia and fibula in the opener against Eastern Michigan in early September, making his appeal almost a slam dunk. The Virginia transfer had 43 catches for 395 yards and two touchdowns in 2013 for the Cavs, and recorded 71 grabs for 769 yards and seven touchdowns between 2012-2013. NFLDraftScout.com had McGee rated as a Rds. 5-6 prospect before his injury.
Jan 20 - 11:26 PM

Florida junior LB Antonio Morrison announced Tuesday that he is returning for his senior season.

"I'm returning to Florida and I will be getting my degree in 2015. That plays a big role in why I'm returning," Morrison said. "And as a leader of this team, I want to lead my team to Atlanta and possibly a national championship. Coach McElwain has put together a great staff and I'm looking forward to working with them this year." The All-SEC second-team selection led the Gators with 101 tackles this season, and added six TFL, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. Morrison has 191 career tackles in 33 games. He's undersized, but Morrison is fast, athletic, and explosive into the hole.
Jan 8 - 11:41 PM

Florida junior edge rusher Dante Fowler "ended his career in fine form, recording three sacks against East Carolina" in the Birmingham Bowl, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

NFL.com's Charles Davis recently wrote a similar sentiment, opining that Fowler's Birmingham Bowl performance "cemented his status as a top-level prospect." Fowler declared for the draft prior to the game. Evaluators love the 6-foot-3, 277-pounder's ability to work in different schemes and his energy on defense. "A talented pass rusher with experience at outside linebacker and all over the defensive line, Fowler is an intriguing athlete with range, strength and flexibility," Brugler wrote. "He isn't as explosive off the snap or productive as some of the other pass rushers on this list but Fowler's awareness and physicality make him better suited to handling the run."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 9:11 PM

NFL Media cites sources close to the Florida football program who rave about Gators EDGE player Dante Fowler's work ethic, character and passion.

We are huge fans of Fowler's game. Florida allowed him to freelance frequently and he attacked from multiple angles and alignments. Fowler might not be the most athletic edge player, but he is aggressive and active with his hands and length. He is ahead of the game in terms of winning with counter moves.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 8 - 10:00 AM

Florida redshirt senior OT Chaz Green will play in Saturday's Medal of Honor Bowl.

Green is a former stud recruit, ranked No. 52 overall in the 2010 class. His career was perhaps slightly disappointing, but that's because of injuries. Green redshirted in Gainesville in 2010, and earned SEC All-Freshman team honors despite missing four games due to injury in 2011. Green missed a few games in 2012 and was forced out of the entire 2013 campaign due to injuries. Fortunately, he remained healthy in 2014, which will stabilize his stock. Expect the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Green to hear his name called on Day 3.
Jan 7 - 1:23 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis believes Florida junior edge rusher Dante Fowler "cemented his status as a top-level prospect with his three-sack performance in the Birmingham Bowl."

"Teams love players who compete, no matter the situation, and Fowler competed and excelled for a 6-6 [sic: 6-5] Florida team that had fired its head coach, had a very disappointing season and was playing in the Birmingham Bowl," Davis wrote. "Fowler's draft report will certainly include 'loves to play -- no matter what,' high praise that will probably lead to an early call on draft day." Fowler said several weeks ago that he will enter opt into the draft. Former Florida HC Will Muschamp believes there's "no question" that Fowler should be drafted on Day 1 of the NFL Draft. Evaluators love the 6-foot-3, 277-pounder's ability to work in different schemes and his energy on defense.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 5 - 7:58 PM

Florida junior DL Jonathan Bullard announced that he is returning for his senior season at Florida.

"I wasn't projected to go where I want to go,'' Bullard told Gator Zone. "I want to leave a bigger mark on the Florida program than what I have." The 6-foot-3, 271-pound Bullard was previously reported to be leaning towards entering the draft. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted early this month, that "the consensus in the scouting community is he’d really benefit from another season in college." The Gators' prospect finished the season with a career-high 52 tackles and 8 1/2 tackles for loss.
Jan 5 - 2:19 PM


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