The University of Florida, which year in and year out produces NFL talent, didn`t disappoint in 2012. The Gators had 10 players from the 2012 squad invited to the 2013 NFL Combine and the majority of them performed well.
Despite the sheer number of players it sent to the combine, Florida did not have a lot of top-shelf talent among upperclassmen in 2012. Perhaps the player most likely to get a look in on the first round of the NFL draft is defensive tackle, Sharrif Floyd, who is being talked about as a potential top 10 pick. At 6-foot, 3 inches and 297 pounds, Floyd showed very good speed and agility in drills, running a sub-5 second 40-yard dash and decent times in the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle run.
Another potential first-round pick is safety, Matt Elam. The 5-foot, 10-inch, 208-pounder put up solid numbers at the combine and did nothing to hurt his position as a likely late first rounder or early second rounder.
Elam ran a 4.54 in the 40-yard dash, which was fifth best among all safeties at the combine and he performed 17 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press, which was seventh best among safeties. He had a vertical jump of 35.5 inches, which ranked 12th and a broad jump of 118 inches.
Another Gator safety, Josh Evans, also performed well. His time in the 40-yard dash of 4.58 was just behind that of his teammate and also ranked in the top 10 among safeties. The 6-foot, 1-inch, 207-pound Evans also had top 10 performances in the broad jump, 20-yard shuttle and three-cone drill, where he turned in the best time among safeties and third-fastest time of all players in the combine.
Linebacker Jon Bostic, another member of the talented and highly ranked Gator defensive unit, turned in good performances. He ran a 4.61 40-yard dash, which was third among linebackers. He also had the third-best linebacker time in the three-cone drill and the fourth-best linebacker time in the 20-yard shuttle run. His 22 reps in the bench press was 10th best among linebackers, as was his 118-inch broad jump.
Florida had two other defensive players invited to the combine, namely linebackers, Jelani Jenkins and Lerentee McCray. Both were injured, however and did not participate in drills, although Jenkins did do the bench press and produced the third-best result among linebackers with 27 reps.
Offense was not the strength of the 2012 Gators and only three offensive players were invited to the combine. One of those was running back, Mike Gillislee, who put up solid if unspectacular numbers in the drills in which he participated. He did not make the top 10 in any category among running backs, although he did come close in the 40-yard dash, with a time of 4.55, which tied for 11th. Gillislee is widely thought to be a middle-round pick and he did nothing to hurt or help that position in the combine.
Tight end, Jordan Reed had probably the worst performance of a Florida player at the combine. His 16 reps on the bench press was second worst among all tight ends and his 40-yard dash time of 4.72 seconds was middle of the pack.
The other Gator offensive player invited to the draft, lineman Xavier Nixon, was injured and did not participate in any drills.
The player who had perhaps the most successful combine was Florida kicker, Caleb Sturgis. He smashed several kickoffs through the end zone and also hit all three of his field goal attempts from more than 50 yards.
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