Gators join NFL as undrafted free agents

Eddy Pineiro,Johnny Townsend
In this Nov. 18 photo, Florida place kicker Eddy Pineiro (15) celebrates a 50-yard field goal against UAB with teammate Johnny Townsend (19) in Gainesville. Florida kicker Eddy Pineiro and punter Johnny Townsend are looking to become the first specialists drafted from the same team in the same year since 1985. [AP Photo/John Raoux, File]

Florida junior place-kicker Eddy Pineiro went undrafted in the NFL’s annual talent reload, ending any chance of he and Johnny Townsend making history as the first punter and kicker from the same school to be selected in the same draft.

But, Pineiro and Townsend will continue to be kicking together. Shortly after the conclusion of the draft Saturday, Pineiro announced on Twitter that he signed a free agent deal with the Raiders, the team who selected Townsend in the fifth round.

“Happy to sign with the Oakland raiders! Thank God for this opportunity can’t wait to get to work,” Pineiro wrote on his Twitter account.

Joining the special teamers on the Raiders is UF safety Nick Washington, who also signed a free agent deal Saturday night.

Florida tight end DeAndre Goolsby and wide receiver Brandon Powell both signed undrafted free agent contracts with the Detroit Lions, where they will be reunited with two of their former UF teammates who were drafted by Detroit a year ago — linebacker Jarrad Davis and cornerback Teez Tabor.

UF defensive back Joseph Putu signed with the Atlanta Falcons.

UF notes from NFL draft:

Florida has had the third most first and second round picks over the last 10 years.

Alabama – 41

Ohio State – 28

Florida – 24

Florida State – 22

USC – 21 

LSU – 20

Notre Dame – 17

Clemson – 15

North Carolina – 15

Missouri – 14  

*The Gators had multiple players selected in the first three rounds for the fourth-straight year. That is the longest streak since its streak of eight years from 1997-2004.

*UF had two defensive players selected in the first two rounds of the draft for the third consecutive year, which is the longest such streak in program history.

*Florida has had seven defensive backs selected in the NFL draft since 2016, which ranks first in the country. Ohio State, Miami, LSU and Alabama all trail the Gators.

*For the fourth-straight year at least five Gators were selected. In addition, this is the 11th time since 2000 that the Gators have notched five picks.

*At least one Florida player has been selected in every NFL draft since 1952, the longest streak in SEC history.


  1. Congrats to all the guys signing on with teams, especially my team, Detroit! Powell and Goolsby never got to show their skills in the idiot offense scripted my NussBrainer, so I think they both have a chance to make the roster and help the Lions win some games. But, one thing, Goolsby– you have block now, or you won’t get paid!

  2. I was a Dolphins fan, but recent events have necessitated my departure from pro sports. I am very happy with just watching my GATORS! Anyway, I wondered why no team took Eddie when he was obviously the best kicker by far. If I watch any FNL this year it will be due to wanting to see how the GATORS are doing. GO GATORS!!!

  3. Congrats to all the pro-bound Gators!
    And where, again, is F.S.U. and Miami on the list of most drafted (in the past 10 tears)?
    Behind U.F., that’s where! CHOMP-CHOMP!
    And let me do it for you, BF, Mikey, etc… ”Whaa, whaa! Where’s my binki?”

    • Who cares about NFL Draft choices? Losers, that’s who! I think FSU will be extremely happy to let UF have all the draft picks they can crow about as long as the Seminoles keep whipping the Gator’s tail where it counts. By the way, for the silly persons who are bragging about this meaningless thing, the only thing that matters is what happens on the field of play. FSU only needs to signal “hi-five” to any silly Gator fan. They’ll need to use the other hand after whipping UF’s ass this year. By the way, is there any recruit that remembers the last time FSU didn’t whip Florida’s ass at Jimbo Fisher Field, formerly known as the “Swamp”?

      • Actually, a loser would be defined as a fan of a rival team feeling that they needed to constantly post on their rivals web page. I can’t imagine ever wanting to post on a Nole page. I literally can’t conceive of it.

        And while it is true the Noles have won the last three times the game was played in the Swamp, that will change as your coaching now no longer includes a HOF coach who defined your program followed by another very good coach who loved Tally so much that he bolted for College Station and a chance to get back into the SEC.

        Also for the record the Gators lead the series 34-26-2, the largest victory was by the Gators 49-0 and the longest streak in the series was 9 in a row, again by the Gators.

        • Tebow is my girl and naples,
          Well played gentlemen! Usually I would tell you guys to please dont feed the troll, but your posts (and screen name) are just too good for that today. Nicely done.