In one of the biggest surprises in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night in Nashville, Florida offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor went undrafted and now will have to wait until tonight to hear his name called, likely in the second round.
Projected as a possible top-10 pick by many of the draft experts and analysts, Taylor mysteriously slipped all the way out of the first round.
Rated the No. 1 offensive tackle in the draft by many, Taylor had to sit there in Nashville and watch four other tackles get drafted while failing to hear his name called.
Heading into the draft, some were projecting that Taylor could be taken as high as the seventh pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars. But the Jaguars passed on filling one of their biggest needs, instead drafting Kentucky defensive end/outside linebacker Josh Allen. And the long, fruitless wait began for Taylor.
There was speculation late Thursday night, that Taylor was sliding badly because of a knee injury he recently sustained in workouts. But that was never confirmed.
Taylor, along with safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, is expected to be selected in the second round Friday. Defensive end/outside linebacker Jachai Polite also could hear his name called in the second or third round.
With Taylor falling out of the first round, it is the first time since 2012 that the Gators do not have a first-round pick.
He will get another chance to walk across the stage Friday night. Taylor plans to stay in Nashville for the second round of the draft, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Taylor is one of five players invited to the draft by the league not picked Thursday night: Drew Lock, Cody Ford, Greedy Williams and D.K. Metcalf.