UF's Purifoy, Roberson sign NFL deals

Florida defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy runs a drill for NFL scouts during Pro Day in Gainesville in March.

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Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 12:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 10:33 p.m.

The two high-profile junior Florida cornerbacks who went undrafted this past weekend have signed free-agent contracts.

Marcus Roberson signed with the St. Louis Rams on Monday, while Loucheiz Purifoy has agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts.

Once considered possible early round picks, Roberson and Purifoy saw their stock plummet in recent weeks, then were both passed over in the NFL draft.

Both damaged their draft chances by running the same relatively slow 40-yard dash time (4.61 seconds) at the NFL Combine and in workouts.

Also, Purifoy has had some off-the-field issues that obviously impacted his standing with NFL teams, while Roberson’s lack of durability (he played in only five games this season due to injuries) apparently was a factor in his dramatic fall.

Roberson and Purifoy raised the total to seven former UF players signing free-agent contacts in the past few days.

The Gators had four players taken in the draft — defensive tackle Dominique Easley in the first round (Patriots), cornerback Jalen Watkins in the fourth (Eagles), outside linebacker Ronald Powell in the fifth (Saints) and offensive guard Jon Halapio in the sixth (Patriots).

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