The next phase of the NFL draft process is here for the former Gators players.
Florida’s Pro Day will be held Tuesday in the new indoor practice facility. Here’s a breakdown of what’s at stake?
DT Jon Bullard
Height: 6-foot-3 | Arm length: 33 5/8″
Weight: 285 pounds | Hand size: 10″
Updated projection: Second round and 41st-best player overall, according to CBS Sports.
Overview: Bullard impressed at the combine, recording an “exceptional” 1.66 10-yard split in his 40 (4.93). WalterFootball.com wrote that Bullard “was the No. 2 testing athlete for defensive linemen” at the combine and “backed up that superb athleticism by flashing it in the drills.” Bullard can cement his draft position with another strong showing at Florida’s Pro Day.
CB Vernon Hargreaves
Height: 5-foot-10 | Arm length: 30 5/8″
Weight: 204 pounds | Hand size: 8 3/4″
Updated projection: First round and 10th-best player overall, according to CBS Sports.
Overview: It was not a great day for Hargreaves at the NFL combine. The numbers made it look like it was a good combine for Hargreaves, but some disagree. WalterFootball.com wrote that Hargreaves “disappointed in his 40” with a 4.50 and “was just average in the field drills.” Although Hargreaves is still projected to be a top-10 pick, a disappointing Pro Day could change things.
DE Alex McCalister
Height: 6-foot-6 | Arm length: 36″
Weight: 239 pounds | Hand size: 9 3/8″
Updated projection: Seventh round and 326th-best player overall, according to CBS Sports.
Overview: The NFL combine confirmed McCalister is a freak athlete. He had the longest arms of any of the defensive linemen in this year’s draft class and he set a combine record in the 20-yard shuttle. But ESPN writes that “scouts are concerned with McCalister’s raw skill set and character concerns after he was dismissed from the team late last season.” NFL scouts and coaches will have a chance to talk to Gators coaches about McCalister and an endorsement from Jim McElwain and his staff would help his draft stock.
TE Jake McGee
Height: 6-foot-5 | Arm length: 32 3/8″
Weight: 250 pounds | Hand size: 9 5/8″
Updated projection: Seventh round and 266th-best player overall, according to CBS Sports.
Overview: McGee was a limited participant at the NFL combine, as he did not participate in any of the timed or measurable drills other than the bench press likely because of a leg injury he suffered late in the season. McGee is expected to be at Florida’s Pro Day on Tuesday, but there is a chance he could be limited again. This uncertainty is not helping the injury concerns surrounding McGee’s draft stock. If he is able to be a full participant at Pro Day, it will help quell those concerns.
LB Antonio Morrison
Updated projection: Seventh round and 285th-best player overall, according to CBS Sports.
Overview: Morrison hurt his draft stock after not showing up to the NFL combine despite being invited. No explanation was given, but there were rumors that Morrison was sick, according to Bleacher Report’s NFL Draft writer Matt Miller. Either way, CBS Sports had Morrison being drafted in the fourth round before the NFL combine. Now, he’s projected to be a seventh-round pick. Morrison, who’s expected to be at Florida’s Pro Day on Tuesday, needs a good showing in front of NFL coaches and scouts to move back up draft boards.
S Keanu Neal
Height: 6-feet | Arm length: 32 3/4″
Weight: 211 pounds | Hand size: 10 5/8″
Updated projection: Sixth to seventh round and 229th-best player overall, according to CBS Sports.
Overview: Neal is the type of player who shines at combines. The combination of his impressive size and athleticism has NFL scouts and coaches drooling. Some even have Neal moving up to the first or second round. Because of all this, Neal is expected to be one of the big winners at Florida’s Pro Day. It should help Neal’s rising draft stock.
WR Demarcus Robinson
Height: 6-foot-1 | Arm length: 33″
Weight: 203 pounds | Hand size: 9 1/2″
Updated projection: Fifth to sixth round and 188th-best player overall, according to CBS Sports.
Overview: Robinson is in a similar situation to McCalister. Both were productive college players who feature impressive skill sets, but also bring off-field issues to the table. Robinson made headlines at the NFL combine when he admitted to once spending 45 days in drug rehab at the Florida Recovery Center at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. An endorsement from Jim McElwain and his staff during Florida’s Pro Day would help Robinson’s draft stock.
RB Kelvin Taylor
Height: 5-foot-10 | Arm length: 29 1/4″
Weight: 207 pounds | Hand size: 8 1/4″
Updated projection: Fourth to fifth round and 153rd-best player overall, according to CBS Sports.
Overview: Taylor struggled to impress at the NFL combine. WalterFootball.com wrote that Taylor “did not have the sort of combine performance that was expected of him” and “ran slowly” and “went on to drop countless passes in the drills.” Taylor is expected to have a better Pro Day showing, which should help offset part of his disappointing NFL combine performance.