Bama, UF lead way with players declaring for NFL draft

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UF defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson scores on a 26-yard interception return in the first quarter Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Lauren Bacho/Staff photographer]

Alabama leads all SEC schools with seven players declaring for the 2019 NFL draft, with Florida following suit with five.

A full list of players granted eligibility will be released by the NFL on Friday. The draft will be held April 25–27 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Tide had the most active NFL players on 53-man rosters at the start of the 2018 season, per the NCAA, with 44. LSU was next with 40 and UF had 38. Those were the top three in the nation. Miami and Ohio State had 36 each to tie for fourth and FSU was sixth with 33.

The SEC led all conferences with 335 players on active NFL rosters at the start of the 2018 season — 96 more than the next conference (Big Ten).

Alabama
Josh Jacobs, RB
Irv Smith Jr., TE
Saivion Smith, CB
Deionte Thompson, DB
Jonah Williams, OL
Quinnen Williams, DL
Mack Wilson, LB

Arkansas

Ryan Pulley, DB

Auburn
Jamel Dean, CB
Darius Slayton, WR
Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

Florida
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, DB
Vosean Joseph, LB
Jachai Polite, DE
Jordan Scarlett, RB
Jawaan Taylor, OL

Georgia
Mecole Hardman, WR
Elijah Holyfield, RB
Isaac Nauta, TE
Riley Ridley, WR

Kentucky
Benny Snell, RB

LSU
Ed Alexander, DT
Devin White, LB
Greey Williams, CB

Mississippi
A.J. Brown, WR
Dawson Knox, TE
Greg Little, OT
D.K. Metcalf, WR

Mississippi State
Jeffrey Simmons

Missouri
Dmarea Crockett, RB

Tennessee
Quart’e Sapp, LB

Texas A&M
Tyrel Dodson, LB
Jace Sternberger, TE
Trayveon Williams, RB

Vanderbilt
Joejuan Williams, CB

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        • LB is not an issue, Joseph was good but we have several guys that can step in for him that cn do the same or better. Reese would have been more difficult to replace.
          Chauncy was great but with Wilson coming back you can slide Trey Dean in his place or maybe Burney and they will do fine.
          O line is where the questions remain.

          • Yes. I think it will be OK, even better than OK, and I don’t think it will take more than one or two games for the OL to become an effective, efficient fighting unit. Unfortunately, we’ve got Miami right off the bat. I’m not overly worried, despite the recent WWF style comments of their AD — but this is one time I’d rather have Charleston Southern or Idaho up front.

            Did I just say that? No way, it must have been my evil twin, Skippy.

  1. ”The Tide had the most active NFL players on 53-man rosters at the start of the 2018 season, per the NCAA, with 44. LSU was next with 40, and Florida had 38. Those were the top three in the nation.”
    ”The SEC, it just means more!” So young athletic men, who want to play in the league called, THE NFL one day, then come to the SEC! And if you dream of being ”Gator legendary” like so many have before: Jack Youngblood, Emmitt Smith, Tim Tebow, etc.., then come to THE UNIV. OF FLORIDA! Go Gators!

  2. This is great news for the Gators and the SEC. W-L in conference is relative to what your conference is like, weak or strong. Having almost 100 (96) more players in the NFL than the next conference is huge. That is a conference putting quality players in the NFL. 122 from the top three schools! 36% of the players from the SEC were from the top three. So as GI said. Young men wanting to play in the big dance should look at the schools that put the most in the league. The differences between the three are likely statistically insignificant so one would beg the question.. Why wouldn’t you want to come play in the best environment one could ask for and get a top notch education on top of it here at UF. The ice cream with the cherry on top. GO GATORS!!
    And this was requested:
    OK here are the countdown timers. It doesn’t go to game time because I don’t have that.
    National Signing Day
    https://www.tickcounter.com/countdown/910489/my-countdown
    Approximate Date for the Orange and Blue Game
    https://www.tickcounter.com/countdown/910479/my-countdown
    Opening Day 2019
    https://www.tickcounter.com/countdown/910464/my-countdown