Florida’s Johnny Townsend selected by Raiders in 5th round of NFL Draft

Eddy Pineiro #15 and Johnny Townsend #19 of the Florida Gators celebrate after Pineiro hit a 41-yard field goal in the first half during their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Florida’s Johnny Townsend was the 36th pick in the fifth round (No. 173 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

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Johnny Townsend
Florida Gators
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Johnny Townsend is one of the top punters in Florida history. Mel Kiper Jr. rated him as the top punter or kicker in the class. In four seasons with the Gators, he kicked 240 punts for 11,090 yards (46.2 avg.). As a senior, he was a second-team AP All-American and second-team All-SEC honors. If he and teammate Eddy Piniero both get drafted, they would be the first kicker/punter teammates to be selected in the same draft since the draft went to seven rounds in 1994, according to SEC Country.

Scouting report: Townsend has a strong leg, which puts him among the top punting prospects in this year’s draft. He has a lot of experience, too, due to the Gators’ offensive struggles the last few years.

From the experts

“Townsend possesses natural leg strength and can get ahold of punts without seeming to exert much effort. Unfortunately, he has allowed too many return yards over the last two seasons due to a lack of hang time to distance traveled for the punt. While the leg strength is there, he’ll need work on technique and operation time to close the gap between gross and net punts.” – Lance Zierlein

Florida’s Antonio Callaway selected by Browns in 4th round of NFL Draft

Antonio Callaway of the Florida Gators scores the winning touchdown during a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Gainesville. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Florida’s Antonio Callaway was the 5th pick in the 4th round (105th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.

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Antonio Callaway
Florida Gators
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Callaway, a junior from Florida, had a disappointing career with the Gators that’s been marred by off-field issues. He bursted onto the scene as a freshman, racking up 35 678 receiving yards and four touchdowns — one of which being a game-winning score over rival Tennessee — on 35 catches. In between his freshman and sophomore years, he was accused, then cleared, of sexual assault. The next year, he had 721 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 54 catches. But Callaway missed his whole junior year due to alleged credit card fraud. Things got worse for Callaway this week when news broke that he failed a drug test at the NFL Combine.

Scouting report: Callaway showed electric talent while with the Gators, quickly becoming one of their top playmakers on offense. He hasn’t seen the field since 2016. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein says, “his character concerns are at a point where they could derail any opportunity for a career. His talent and explosiveness gives him a good shot at making a roster at some point, but being able to stay on track and reach his potential is starting to feel unlikely.”

NFL Combine results
40-yard dash: 4.41
Vertical Jump: 34.0 inches
Broad Jump: 121 inches

From the experts

““Antonio Callaway, on talent, is a first-round draft choice. He entered the year as one of the elite 15 best players at any position, possibly, that were draft eligible. So, the off-field concerns are what’s going to be impacting him. We saw what’s happened with some players over the years that get pushed down, and once the light goes on, they mature and they put that in the past and they move on. They can evolve and develop.”” – Mel Kiper Jr.

 

Florida’s Taven Bryan selected by Jaguars in first round of 2018 NFL Draft

Quarterback Drew Lock #3 of the Missouri Tigers looks for running room against defensive lineman Taven Bryan #93 of the Florida Gators in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Florida’s Taven Bryan was the 29th pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Bryan, a redshirt junior with the Gators, is from Casper, Wyoming. A three-star prospect coming out of Natrona County (Wy.) High, he chose to come east and play for the Gators. He finished his Florida career with 27 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks.

Scouting report: Bryan only started for two seasons in Gainesville, and he could still be a work-in-progress for an NFL team. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein says Bryan is a “talented defender with rare athletic ability and play traits.”

NFL Combine results
40-yard dash: 4.98 seconds
Bench Press: 30 reps
Vertical Jump: 35.0 inches
Broad Jump: 119.0 inches
3 Cone Drill: 7.12 seconds
20 Yd Shuttle: 4.48 seconds

From the experts

“Bryan is a freakish talent who didn’t produce to his ability at Florida; he had only 5.5 career sacks. But there were games (turn on the Texas A&M tape from 2017) in which he looked like a top-10 pick. … Bryan is raw, but he could be a star given time (and coaching) to develop.” – Mel Kiper Jr.

Are the Gators about to hire Spurs coach Becky Hammon?

Assistant coach Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 21, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Spurs defeated the Suns 118-111. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

One of the most prominent women in basketball could be going to Gainesville.

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach and six-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon is reportedly one of three finalists for Florida’s women’s basketball head coaching position, according to Swish Appeal and RealGM.com.

Hammon, who the Spurs hired in 2014, is the first full-time female assistant coach in any of the four major male sports leagues.

The Gators fired Amanda Butler on March 6 after 10 years at the helm. She finished her Florida career with a 190-137 record.