Marcus Roberson leaving Florida, UF will announce later today.
— Pat Dooley (@pat_dooley) January 3, 2014
Marcus Roberson, cornerback of the Florida Gators is the next in the line of players declaring for the NFL Draft. The 6′ 195 corner only played 7 games this season for Florida, but he was effective in man to man coverage. He accumulated 11 tackles and 3 pass deflections this season in large part because opponents chose not to throw his way. Roberson also contributed as a punt returner with a 9.21 average on 14 returns this season.
This would be the second Gator defensive back to make the leap this season after teammate Loucheiz Purifoy announced his intention to go pro earlier in the process. Roberson has a nice combination of length and athleticism with the ability to continue adding strength to his frame to continue rounding his game.
The Gators are trying to bounce back from a historically bad season and it is possible that Roberson and Purifoy were not willing to wait around to see if things would improve, opting to make the leap and try to get paid in the NFL. A third teammate, Jaylen Watkins, the lone senior of the group will be plying his trade at the Reese’s Senior Bowl, so the Gators could have three corners picked in this year’s draft.