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.