NFL Draft 2016: DL Jonathan Bullard picked by Chicago Bears, what to expect for Gators on Day 3

Most already know that Florida’s defense was talented last season. But how talented?

Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard of Florida participates in a drill during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard of Florida participates in a drill during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Just take a look at the 2016 NFL Draft to find the answer to that question.

After Gators cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (11th overall, Tampa Bay) and safety Keanu Neal (17th overall, Atlanta) were drafted in the first round Thursday, defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard became the latest Florida product to be selected. The Chicago Bears drafted Bullard with the 72nd overall pick in the third round Friday. Continue reading “NFL Draft 2016: DL Jonathan Bullard picked by Chicago Bears, what to expect for Gators on Day 3”

Florida’s Jonathan Bullard selected by Chicago Bears in 3rd round of 2016 NFL Draft

JONATHAN BULLARD
FLORIDA
6-foot-3, 285 pounds, DT/DE

Jonathan Bullard #90 of the Florida Gators celebrats a defensive stop during the game against the East Carolina Pirates at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Jonathan Bullard #90 of the Florida Gators celebrats a defensive stop during the game against the East Carolina Pirates at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Jonathan Bullard was the 9th pick in the 3rd round (No. 72 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Continue reading “Florida’s Jonathan Bullard selected by Chicago Bears in 3rd round of 2016 NFL Draft”

NFL Draft 2016: Gators DBs Vernon Hargreaves, Keanu Neal picked in first round

The Gators like to brag about their secondary. The unit even fought over the title of “Defensive Back University,” more commonly known as “DBU,” this offseason.

(L-R) Vernon Hargreaves III of Florida holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #11 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
(L-R) Vernon Hargreaves III of Florida holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #11 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Well, Florida’s secondary had plenty to brag about on the first day of the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday. Gators cornerback Vernon Hargreaves was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 11th overall pick and strong safety Keanu Neal was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the 17th overall pick. Continue reading “NFL Draft 2016: Gators DBs Vernon Hargreaves, Keanu Neal picked in first round”

Florida’s Keanu Neal selected by Atlanta Falcons in 1st round of 2016 NFL Draft

KEANU NEAL
FLORIDA
6-foot, 211 pounds, SS

Keanu Neal #42 of the Florida Gators celebrates after intercepting a pass late in the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Florida defeated Tennessee 10-9. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Keanu Neal #42 of the Florida Gators celebrates after intercepting a pass late in the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Florida defeated Tennessee 10-9. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Keanu Neal was the 17th pick in the 1st round (No. 17 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Continue reading “Florida’s Keanu Neal selected by Atlanta Falcons in 1st round of 2016 NFL Draft”

Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves selected by Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1st round of 2016 NFL Draft

VERNON HARGREAVES
FLORIDA
5-foot-10, 204 pounds, CB

Defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III runs a drill during Florida's NFL Pro Day in Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday, March 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III runs a drill during Florida’s NFL Pro Day in Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday, March 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Vernon Hargreaves was the 11th pick in the 1st round (No. 11 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Continue reading “Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves selected by Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1st round of 2016 NFL Draft”

2016 NFL Draft: Where will Florida Gators players be drafted?

We’re just hours away from the start of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard of Florida participates in a drill during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard of Florida participates in a drill during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

It all begins tonight at 8 in Chicago with the first round. The NFL Draft continues with the second and third rounds on Friday at 7 p.m., and the final four rounds (Round 4-7) begin at noon Saturday. Continue reading “2016 NFL Draft: Where will Florida Gators players be drafted?”

Will Florida Gators have three players selected in first round of 2016 NFL Draft?

The Gators might have been picked by the media to finish fifth in the SEC East last season, but talent was never the issue.

Vernon Hargreaves III #1 of the Florida Gators asks the crowd for noise during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Vernon Hargreaves III #1 of the Florida Gators asks the crowd for noise during the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

As you all know by now, Florida went on to exceed expectations last season to win the SEC East for the first time since 2009. Need further proof that the Gators had top-end talent on their 2015 roster? Continue reading “Will Florida Gators have three players selected in first round of 2016 NFL Draft?”

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NFL Draft 2016: Will former Gators safety Keanu Neal be a first-round pick?

Will Keanu Neal be a first-round pick?

Defensive back Keanu Neal catches a ball while running through a drill during Florida's NFL Pro Day in Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday, March 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Defensive back Keanu Neal catches a ball while running through a drill during Florida’s NFL Pro Day in Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday, March 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

We’re going to find out in a week when the 2016 NFL Draft begins with Round 1 this upcoming Thursday. But we do know one thing, Neal has a better chance of being drafted on the first day than you might have thought a few months ago. Continue reading “NFL Draft 2016: Will former Gators safety Keanu Neal be a first-round pick?”