We’ve been told by NFL Draft experts that Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd will be selected in the first round of next week’s draft, maybe even in the top five. And that safety Matt Elam could go late in the first round or definitely in the second round.
But how about UF’s other draft eligible players? Here is ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s take from a recent teleconference:
“Jonathan Bostic I think is a guy you’re going to like, the way he plays the game. I have him slotted to go either in the second or third-round area. So he’s a nice football player. He really put together a heck of a year. He made some really good plays. When you watched him in coverage, sideline to sideline against the run, just did a heck of a job.
“I think you look at Jelani Jenkins, the injury obviously, the durability concern with him. He’s built for today’s NFL with a potential coverage ability. Jenkins is more of a day three guy. I think he will come into the National Football League and help you.
“Jordan Reed’s stock has dropped a bit at tight end. Aaron Hernandez was a fourth-round pick. Maybe Jordan Reed’s a fourth or fifth-round pick. But I think he’ll help a team in the NFL.
“Xavier Nixon is a day three pick who can get the job done as a bookend tackle. I think Xavier Nixon has a lot of ability.
“Mike Gillislee as a second-tier running back, you get him in a fourth to sixth-round area, he’ll make your team, help your team. I think he certainly has a chance of being a solid back in the NFL.
“You have a couple of receivers (Omarius Hines and Frankie Hammond Jr.) who will probably be undrafted free agents. Deonte Thompson was an undrafted guy last year, and the Ravens think he can be a real factor as an outside receiver this year and a kick returner.
“Florida’s got a lot of kids. That’s a good group overall.”
Players Kiper didn’t mention, but who may be drafted: Safety Josh Evans, kicker Caleb Sturgis, defensive end Earl Okine, linebacker Lerentee McCray and defensive tackle Omar Hunter.