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SEC Country's Oliver Connolly called Florida sophomore T Jawaan Taylor "a wide-based, run-game punisher."

Taylor was a 12-game starter at right tackle as a true freshman in 2016. Connolly has no questions about his work in blocking on running plays, writing that the 6-foot-5, 339-pounder "can deliver devastating blows to open holes by himself." In terms of pass-rush protection, though, there is still work to be done, here. Noted the SEC Country analyst, "He lacks the foot speed to use his size and sink into a full pass set against dip-and-rip rushers with elite first-step quickness." Connolly adds that Taylor "isn’t twitchy enough to slide out against the most explosive rushers."
Source: SEC Country
May 18 - 9:27 PM

Florida junior WR Antonio Callaway was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, according to beat writer Robbie Andreu.

The citation took place in Gainesville, Florida. Callaway has not been clean off the field during his time at Florida, as he was suspended for a sexual assault allegation he was later cleared of. Callaway is the school's clear top receiver and has tremendous upside, but this might limit his offseason.
May 18 - 11:00 AM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff reports that the Florida staff "was very excited about the improvement" sophomore CB Chauncey Gardner made this spring.

Gardner was an instant contributor for the Gators at nickelback as a true freshman last year. He shifted to the boundary this spring and looks like another potential Gator star corner. "Gardner played really well outside, improving his one-on-one coverage ability and according to folks around the program, he surpassed everything the coaches wanted form him in the weight room and when it came to getting stronger this spring," Aschoff wrote. "He's an athletic freak and could be a big-play machine (like he showed with two interceptions in the bowl game) for the Gators on the outside. Plus, if they need him to move inside at all, he can do that, too."
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 12:59 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Florida junior WR Antonio Callaway No. 11 overall on his 2018 big board.

"He's a big play waiting to happen," Kiper wrote, adding that Callaway "needs to improve as a route runner." Off-field issues remain a concern. Callaway was cleared in a sexual assault allegation last year that resulted in a suspension. He has also admitted to using marijuana. The 5-foot-11, 198-pounder averaged 19.4 yards per catch over 35 receptions as a freshman in 2015 and posted a 54-721-3 line as a sophomore last season (13.4 yards per catch).
Source: ESPN
May 12 - 12:26 PM

Florida coach Jim McElwain denied that he was the naked man humping a shark on a boat in a photo circulating online.

Deadspin published a story over the weekend revolving around a tweet that featured a naked McElwain-lookalike humping a dead shark on a boat. An agitated McElwain denied that the man was him at a Gator Club meeting on Tuesday. "Well, first and foremost, I don’t know who it is, but it isn’t me," he said. "In the world that we live, what is a story. I just know this: it isn’t me."
Source: Deadspin
May 10 - 3:55 PM

In his first 2018 mock draft, ESPN's Todd McShay ticketed Florida junior WR Antonio Callaway to the Ravens at pick No. 21.

Raising an eyebrow for a 2018 mock draft in May is rarely necessary, but in this case, consider the eyebrow raised. McShay describes the 5-foot-11, 198-pound Callaway as being "freakishly talented," but his on-field numbers have not come together as of yet -- granted, he plays for Florida, so that will happen. Of far more noteworthy weight, Callaway's past is beyond checkered and includes an admission of marijuana use and more seriously an accusation of sexual assault. These are major red flags that could well keep him out of the first round given that the NFL is ostensibly attempting to clean up its image. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom, for one, does not have Callaway being swept off the board in Round 1 in his own 2018 mock draft.
May 6 - 3:49 PM

Panthers signed Florida DL Bryan Cox Jr.

Cox (6’3/265) made 28 starts on the Gators’ defensive line, logging 21 career tackles for loss with 10 sacks and three forced fumbles. He is the son of three-time Pro Bowl LB Bryan Cox Sr., who spent 2016 as the Falcons’ defensive line coach. While Cox Jr.’s college production never stood out, he flashed an ability to win with power, physicality, and strength in the ACC and could become a useful reserve end-tackle hybrid. He does not project as much of a pass-rush threat in the pros.
May 1 - 5:13 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco assigned the Lions a "D" grade for their draft.

Trouble in paradise over in the CBS Sports coffee room, as Prisco's grade for the Lions runs in stark contrast to the assessment of fellow analyst Dane Brugler, who views them as being one of the five teams to most improve themselves over the draft's three days. Prisco writes that "this is a team that had major pass-rush issues last season, and they waited until the sixth round to take a defensive lineman (in Arkansas DE Jeremiah Ledbetter)." He adds that "[s]econd-round corner Teez Tabor was a reach at that spot" and concludes, "I just didn't think it was a good haul for the Lions."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 30 - 3:10 PM

Cowboys selected Florida DT Joey Ivie with the No. 228 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Ivie (6'3/298) ran 5.14 at Florida's Pro Day and performed 23 reps on the bench press. Ivie plays with a good motor, but he's not powerful nor big enough to be a consistent NFL contributor. He's a long shot.
Apr 29 - 6:00 PM

Browns selected Florida DL Caleb Brantley with the No. 185 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Brantley (6’3/307) made 22 starts in three seasons at Florida managing 20 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. SEC coaches voted him second-team all-conference in 2016. Although Brantley’s production doesn’t pop off the stat sheet, his tape pops with country strength and an ability to shoot gaps in double teams. Similar to Patriots DT Malcom Brown, Brantley is a scheme-versatile prospect capable of anchoring at nose and pushing the pocket at three technique. Unfortunately, Brantley was charged with battery last week for allegedly knocking a woman unconscious. He was a likely day-two pick before the arrest.
Apr 29 - 3:57 PM

Raiders selected Florida OT David Sharpe with the No. 129 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Sharpe (6’6/343) turned pro as a true junior after manning blind-side tackle his final two seasons at UF, logging 26 starts but failing to earn All-SEC recognition. Sharpe is a monster getting off the bus with telephone poles for arms (35 3/8"). He tested as a putrid fourth-percentile athlete before the draft, however, and shows worrisome stiffness on tape, frequently falling victim to speed rushers. Likely a multi-year project, Sharpe’s shortage of movement skills will certainly move him off left tackle and either to the right side or guard. Ultimately, we’d consider him a long shot to develop into a starter.
Apr 29 - 1:23 PM

Saints selected Florida LB Alex Anzalone with the No. 76 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Anzalone (6’3/241) arrived at Florida as a five-star recruit, only to suffer recurring shoulder injuries and a year-ending broken forearm eight games into last season. He made just ten starts, tallying five career tackles for loss and never forcing a turnover. While Anzalone’s tape is extremely limited, he was regarded as one of Florida's best players in practice and shined at January’s Senior Bowl, looking the part of a three-down NFL linebacker. He has drawn comparisons to Kiko Alonso. While Anzalone’s potential isn’t in question, he’ll have to figure out how to stay on the field to realize it.
Apr 28 - 10:12 PM

Lions selected Florida CB Teez Tabor with the No. 53 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Tabor (6’1/199) made 26 starts in three years, tallying 33 pass breakups and nine picks, three of which he returned to the house. He was named first-team All-SEC by the conference’s coaches as both a true sophomore and junior. PFF College charted Tabor with just a 41.2 passer rating and two touchdown passes allowed in his college career. Tabor’s NFL prospects came under intense scrutiny when he bombed pre-draft workouts, running 4.62 with a 31-inch vertical.
Apr 28 - 8:58 PM

Colts selected Florida DB Quincy Wilson with the No. 48 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Wilson (6’2/211) turned pro after three years, making 24 starts and compiling six INTs while earning second-team All-SEC in 2016 despite being overshadowed by Teez Tabor. Whereas his size is an obvious plus, Wilson demonstrated gambling tendencies on tape and managed 37th-percentile SPARQ results with a pedestrian forty (4.54), vertical (32"), and broad (9’10") jump at the Combine. Wilson did post a strong three-cone time (6.86). While NFL scouts have been split on whether Wilson should play cornerback or safety, he will almost assuredly man corner for the CB-desperate Colts.
Apr 28 - 8:29 PM

Jets selected Florida S Marcus Maye with the No. 39 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Maye (6’0/212) made 42 starts at Florida, logging seven career tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles, and five interceptions before his senior year was cut four games short by a broken left arm. Maye mostly played free safety at Florida, but also dabbled at slot corner and contributed on special teams. On tape, Maye showed combination free-strong safety ability as a rangy cover man with 4.47 speed, plus ball skills, and an innate knack for forcing takeaways. Maye can make an early impact on special teams and push for a starting job on defense eventually. The Jets will hope Maye can form a dynamic duo at the back end of their defense with No. 6 overall pick Jamal Adams.
Apr 28 - 7:56 PM


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