After the Florida Gators got blown away by Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, two Florida Gators have decided to jump to the NFL and leave the sting as far behind as they can. Safety Matt Elam confirmed what was merely a rumor before and officially declared for the NFL Draft, but he’s going to be followed by Junior defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd, who also declared for the draft.
Both players are highly touted heading into the draft, and with the upcoming combine, their stock is only expected to rise. At the moment, both players are projected to be late first round picks, so the stock doesn’t have much farther to go.
As of this week, only Floyd shows up on both Mel Kiper Jr, and Todd McShay’s big boards. Elam cracked the big board early but has since fallen off, but don’t confuse that with a lack of talent, or discount Elam re-emerging on the big boards the closer we get to draft time.
Floyd could return to UF. A true junior, he’s dealt with a position switch and that may have slowed him early, but he led the Gators D in TFL, so he’s creating problems for offenses. A star coming out of high school, Floyd has quickness for his size and has a powerful lower half to drive blockers. Still needs to sharpen pass-rush skills.
-Mel Kiper Jr. on Sharrif Floyd
Floyd comes in at No. 24 on Kiper’s big board, falling a spot from last week’s rankings. McShay also places Floyd as the 24th best player in this year’s draft class, but instead of falling, Floyd rose from No. 29 on McShay’s board.