Florida Football: Breaking Down the Gators' 2014 NFL Draft Prospects

Breaking Down the Gators' 2014 NFL Draft Prospects

1/30/14 in NCAAF   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The Florida Gators certainly had a down year in 2013, failing to ever rise above their preseason ranking (No. 10) and finishing outside of the top 25. While it may not have shown in the standings, Florida still had plenty of talented players on the field, and a number of them appear destined for the NFL. Here is a look at the Gators' 2014 NFL Draft prospects, listed in order of how CBS Sports ranks them:

CB Marcus Roberson (6-fo0t, 195 lbs): The Gators have a number of NFL-ready cornerbacks, but Roberson is considered by most to be the cream of the crop. Roberson wins with phenomenal technique and movement skills, which suggests that he could become a man-to-man shadow corner at the next level. The big question marks for Roberson include injuries (he missed four games due to injury in 2013) and off-field behavior (he was suspended for violating team rules this year). For what it's worth, Dane Brugler of CBS Sports has Roberson as his 16th overall player and No. 1 cornerback. He has a good shot at being drafted in the first round.

Nov 30, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy (15) reacts to the fans against the Florida State Seminoles during the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsCB Loucheiz Purifoy (6-foot-1, 190 lbs): While most analysts prefer Roberson, I would not be shocked to see Purifoy be drafted over his teammate in May. Roberson is great because of his technique, but Purifoy wins with elite size and athleticism, which are traits that can not be taught. He is a physical prospect who is not afraid to charge the line of scrimmage and blow up a run play. He got some run at wide receiver during training camp due to the Gators' thin receiving core, showing his versatility. What needs improvement is his technique, but if he can learn the intricacies of the position, Purifoy could be a stud at the next level. He has first-round potential, and I doubt he drops out of the second round.

DT Dominique Easley (6-foot-2, 285 lbs): Entering 2013 as a highly touted NFL prospect, Easley's season came to a quick and abrupt end when he tore his ACL in September. He has since withdrawn from Florida to ramp up his rehab and begin preparing for the draft. Despite the knee injury, Easley's tape jumps off the screen. He is disruptive in the backfield on both run and pass plays, and looks like a fit at the one- or three-technique at the next level. Some analysts are concerned with his size, but consider that All-Pro defensive tackle Geno Atkins came out of school at a similar size of 6-foot-1 and 293 pounds. CBS Sports gave him a second- or third-round grade, but the first round is a possibility, and I don't see him dropping out of the second.
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