Poor 40 times could cost UF's Roberson and Purifoy

Florida defensive back Marcus Roberson runs a drill for NFL scouts during the 2014 Florida Football Pro Scout Day in Gainesville on March 17.

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Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:20 p.m.

Poor times in the 40-yard dash probably have cost Florida cornerbacks Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy any chance of going in the first two rounds of the NFL draft, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said Wednesday.

“Roberson and Purifoy looked like first or second-rounders at one point. Then they ran those slow 40s (at the Combine and at UF's Pro Day) and didn't test out well,” Kiper said. “I would say Roberson goes in the third round; Purifoy in the third or fourth round.”

Roberson and Purifoy, both juniors, were both timed at a relatively slow time (for a cornerback) of 4.61 seconds in the 40.

Florida's third cornerback in the draft, Jaylen Watkins, ran the kind of 40 Roberson and Purifoy were looking for at the Combine — 4.41 seconds.

Because of his faster time, there has been speculation that Watkins could go ahead of Roberson and Purifoy in the draft, but Kiper said he doesn't expect that to happen.

“(Watkins) represents some versatility in your secondary, which is what teams need,” Kiper said. “Will he get drafted in the middle of the draft? Yeah. Will he go ahead of those two? On performance, they were a little better.

“Add it all up, he may be the second (UF cornerback) taken. I don't know about the first, but maybe the second. That would put him in the third to fifth-round range.”

The first Gator to go in the draft could be defensive tackle Dominique Easley, who worked out for coaches and scouts from more than a dozen NFL teams last week in The Swamp. Easley is still recovering from ACL surgery that he underwent last October.

“Dominique Easley probably could have been a second-round pick, maybe even a late first-round pick, if not for the injury,” Kiper said. “I think third to fourth round is where you would consider Easley.”

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