December 16, 2012

Florida juniors ponder the NFL Draft

Early last week, it was reported by Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun that four Florida juniors - safety Matt Elam, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, linebacker Jelani Jenkins and tight end Jordan Reed - had turned in paperwork to the National Football League to receive a projection of where they will be selected in April's draft.

Inside the Gators enlisted the help of CBS Sports NFL Draft analyst Rob Rang and decided to take a closer look at the juniors who submitted paperwork and one possibly surprising name who did not.

DE - DOMINIQUE EASLEY 6-foot-2, 280 pounds

Will he go? It would be an absolute shocker after Easley was the only junior with NFL questions around him who didn't turn in his draft paperwork. Easley wasn't healthy this season while recovering from knee surgery, but having a child during the season made some speculate he would dart for the money of an NFL deal.

Where does he stand as an NFL prospect right now? "Easley's quickness is impressive but he's a bit of a 'tweener for the next level due to his lack of ideal size. He's currently viewed as a middle-round prospect and as such is expected to return to Florida for the 2013 season." - Rang

Who would replace him? It's almost certainly a moot point, but this would fall on the shoulders of sophomore-to-be Jonathan Bullard, who will see significant playing time in 2013 regardless.

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