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Florida redshirt freshman CB J.C. Jackson was arrested for armed robbery.

Jackson apparently turned himself in to authorities, but police are still looking for the two other men involved in the incident. One of the three pulled a firearm on the victim while others stole an Xbox and marijuana.
Source: News 4 Jax
Apr 19 - 12:11 PM

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler is "the most well-rounded edge defender in this class, with more bulk and strength than some of the others, to go with good explosiveness," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

The analyst ranks Fowler as the No. 7 player in the class. "I think Fowler is scheme-versatile," McShay wrote. "We have him listed as a 4-3 DE, but he fits just as naturally as an outside linebacker in a base 3-4 scheme. Most NFL teams are multiple with their fronts these days, which is why Fowler's versatility is so appealing." Fowler has met with a wide range of teams including the Buccaneers, Titans, Jaguars, Redskins, Jets, Falcons and Bears.
Apr 18 - 6:06 PM

Florida T D.J. Humphries is visiting the Lions on Thursday.

""I think me being such an athlete and how hard I play and how much I love football, putting all that recipe together works out for me," Humphries told the team's site. The left tackle started 10 games last year and has added weight during the draft process, which many teams will like. He should be a first round selection.
Apr 16 - 12:26 PM

The Washington Redskins report that Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler was in for an official visit on Wednesday.

With the departure of Brian Orakpo in free agency, the Redskins could look to the Florida edge rusher, to fill a position of need. Fowler has gained heavy interest from teams drafting in the top-10. The top-5 prospect has already visited with the Buccaneers, Titans, Jaguars, Redskins, Jets, Falcons and the Bears.
Apr 15 - 3:08 PM

Florida OLB Neiron Ball "has early-round talent, but the medical reports are the key to his next-level evaluation," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The Florida prospect started seven games for the Gators in 2014, before sustaining a season-ending knee injury, which required microfracture surgery. In 2011, Ball also had brain surgery due to a condition that caused blood vessels in his brain to rupture. The 6-foot-2, 236-pound Ball has been through a journey over the last couple of years. However, Ball could be a potential diamond in the rough for teams willing to look past his medical history. Ball will be traveling to Indianapolis for a medical re-check later this month.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 2:40 PM

Florida T D.J. Humphries made his debut on Todd McShay's Big Board at No. 26 overall.

"He is an excellent pass protector, with the best movement skills of any of the top offensive tackle prospects in this class," McShay wrote. "He possesses the foot speed, balance and upper-body power to excel in a zone-heavy run-blocking scheme, but he could afford to improve his lower-body strength. He has adequate awareness as a run-blocker but is better in pass protection." Humphries has been compared to D'Brickashaw Ferguson. "What made me really take notice was the way he handled Shane Ray when they played. If you can block that guy, you can play in the league," an NFC scout in charge of the SEC told NFL Media.
Apr 13 - 5:10 PM

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler will visit the Jets on Monday and Tuesday, according to Manish Mehta.

Fowler is absolutely in play for the Jets at No. 6. The Florida product plays the game with hand use to create space. He maximizes his athleticism, but Fowler is only an average athlete. Still, he has enough of a first step to make things happen off the snap and has experience in a variety of alignments.
Apr 13 - 1:02 PM

All three CBS analysts not projecting a trade at No. 3 mock Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. to the Jaguars.

Colleague Frank Cooney agrees, writing that Fowler provides the draft's best fit for Jacksonville. "Fowler starred in nearby Gainesville despite switching between defensive tackle, defensive end and linebacker and seems to be just scratching the surface of his potential," he wrote. "The Jaguars' defense showed some teeth last season -- quietly tying for sixth in the NFL with 45 sacks. Fowler could be the moveable chess piece [HC Gus] Bradley needs for Jacksonville to finally contend in the AFC South." With quarterbacks now expected to go 1-2, Jacksonville should have their choice of Southern California's Leonard Williams or Fowler. For the record, Fowler said he would be "stunned" if the Jaguars don't take him No. 3.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 9:18 PM

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora will "play a hunch and go with [Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler] in Scot McCloughan's first draft for Washington."

"Put this kid on the other side of Ryan Kerrigan and you just might quickly upgrade over Brian Orakpo," La Canfora wrote. "Regardless, I'm thinking an edge rusher is the play here as the Skins need to add teeth to a long sagging defense." Fowler is considered a top-5 lock by some. The prospect himself believes he's ticketed to the Jaguars at No. 3.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 5:49 PM

At his pro day, Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. "definitely solidified his place as a top-five selection in the 2015 NFL Draft," according to NFL Media's Gil Brandt.

If you missed all the goings-on with Fowler from Tuesday, here's a brief refresher: He had "a great workout," according to Brandt, run by LB coaches of the Steelers and Eagles, showing "suddenness in all of his movements"; Fowler confirmed he will attend the draft in Chicago; he said he would be "stunned" if the Jaguars don't take him No. 3, and further clarified that he expects to be the first prospect on stage (Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota won't attend); lastly, Fowler announced he's the best player in the draft. Consider yourself up to speed.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 8 - 1:25 PM

Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler said he's the best player in the draft.

"Me," said Fowler when asked who was the best player in the class. "I'm the best player in the draft. Why I'd say that, it's because of how complete I am out there. There are a lot of guys, a lot of good people in this draft. But as far as me being able to do the whole thing? I can do it all." Jameis Winston recently made the same proclamation, equally as confident. Both can make the case. "I think if it wasn't for the Bucs taking Jameis Winston, (Fowler would) be the No. 1 player taken," said Fowler's dad, Dante Sr. "That's just my opinion. Everyone has their own opinion; I'm biased, and Jameis is a good kid, and we know his parents. But if it wasn't for them needing a quarterback, (Dante Jr. would) be the No. 1 pick."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 7 - 11:41 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Florida OL Max Garcia completed 30 reps on the bench despite suffering from a pectoral strain.

It's an impressive showing and helps to explain why NFL teams are quickly warming to the versatile prospect. In a pinch, Garcia could play anywhere, but he's ticketed for center in the NFL. "Some now grade him as the No. 2 center in the draft after Hroniss Grasu of Oregon," Pauline reported. We assume those teams are excluding Cam Erving in center rankings, perhaps slotting him as a tackle, but Erving wasn't mentioned. Garcia recently met with the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Bucs.
Apr 7 - 10:36 PM

Florida OG Trenton Brown "had a really good pro-day workout" in front of nine NFL offensive line coaches at the school's pro day, reports NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

The massive Brown (6-foot-8 5/8, 353 pounds) posted a 28-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-10 broad jump and his arms measured 35 1/2-inches. The former basketball player ran a 5.29-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. "Brown moves well for a guy his size," Brandt wrote. "Brown really helped his draft status."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 7 - 9:26 PM

Florida OLB Neiron Ball ran forties of 4.6 and 4.62 seconds at Tuesday's pro day.

A great sign, as Ball underwent microfracture surgery in mid November. "He really looked good in the positional drills," wrote NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt. "Ball was smooth and fast, and he has good hips so he can turn and run with no problem at all." It seems likely that the NFL will summon Ball to Indianapolis for medical re-checks in the next few weeks.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 7 - 8:22 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, "there's a bunch of intrigue over" Florida OT Chaz Green and "it's understandable."

"When healthy and hitting on all cylinders, his game film is top notch," Pauline wrote. "I've always felt had Green been able to stay on the field and play to his level of ability, he was top-100 material." In the past two days, Green has met with the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Bucs, San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans. Green is set to visit the Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons and Bucs in the near future. Green struggled during his pro day workout, but most agree he's going to get popped at some point on Day 3.
Apr 7 - 8:04 PM


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