Many people around the nation are bummed that Florida only had two players drafted. The school is falling off the map, they say. It aint what it used to be.
Oh yeah? Try finding another school that has had multiple players drafted every single year since 1980, when Scot Brantley was the only Gator drafted. It’s not so easy to do, when you think about it. Every school has a lull at some point: a coaching change, two or three recruiting classes that aren’t up to snuff, and one year where only one guy- or nobody is drafted. Oh, there are a few, like Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas, etc. but that’s about it.
So that’s pretty cool when you think about it, but what’s even cooler is when you think how many guys could be drafted next year.
In theory, the entire starting defense aside from sophomore corner Marcus Roberson (too young) could be drafted. If the juniors all declare, Florida would likely have 10 players selected. On offense, lineman Xavier Nixon, tailback Mike Gillislee, and receivers Omarious Hines and Frankie Hammond, all seniors, are likely to be drafted barring a highly disappointing senior season or an injury. Andre Debose, a junior wideout, could also declare. Finally, you never know with kickers, but Caleb Sturgis could get picked as well. He was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award last year, and if he can only work on his accuracy a little more, he could win it.
That’s a grand total of 16 players that could be selected next year. If that number is accurate, then it’s good and bad. Bad because, well, they won’t be playing for Florida anymore, but good because that means they would have done well for Florida and therefore the Gators’ season was a success.
Which, remember, is a real possibility…