Updated: Florida’s draft notebook

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[Updated, 10 a.m. 4-26-20] Jacksonville has now drafted 12 Gators, most recently selecting Jawaan Taylor in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. CJ Henderson joins Bryan (2018), Dante Fowler Jr. (2015), Fred Taylor (1998), Reggie Nelson (2007) and DE Derrick Harvey (2008) as the only Jaguars’ first-round draft picks from Florida.

UF has now had at least one pick in every NFL draft since 1952, the longest streak in the SEC.

All-Time UF Defensive Backs Selected in the First Round Since 1970

*   20th overall, 1970: DB Steve Tannen, New York Jets
*   25th overall, 1989: FS Louis Oliver, Miami Dolphins
*   26th overall, 2002: CB Lito Sheppard, Philadelphia Eagles
*   21st overall, 2007: S Reggie Nelson, Jacksonville Jaguars
*   7th overall, 2010: CB Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns
*   32nd overall, 2013: S Matt Elam, Baltimore Ravens
*   11th overall, 2016: CB Vernon Hargreaves, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*   71th overall, 2016: S Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons
*   9th overall, 2020: DB CJ Henderson, Jacksonville Jaguars

UF Draft Notes:

*   The Gators have had 10 first round picks in the last eight drafts.
*   Florida has had a first-round pick in 12 of the last 14 years.
*   UF has now had nine defensive backs selected in the first round since 1970 and five since 2010.
*   The Gators 18 first-round picks since 2007 is tied for the fourth-most among all schools nationally.
*   UF has had the fifth-most first-round draft picks (51) among NCAA schools and the second-most in the Southeastern Conference in the Common Draft era (since 1967).
*   Southern California (71), Ohio State (71), Miami (FL) [60] and Alabama (58) are the four programs in front of Florida.
*   UF ranks tied for third (LSU) among SEC schools with the most top-10 draft picks (13) in the Common Draft era (since 1967).
*   Only Alabama (25) and Texas A&M (14) are ahead of Florida.
*   Overall, UF has had 53 first-round selections in its storied history and has totaled 18 first-round picks since 2007, which is the fourth-most among all schools nationally.
*   Florida’s 53 all-time is the second among SEC programs, trailing only Alabama (64).
*   At least one Florida player has been selected in every NFL Draft since 1952, the longest streak in SEC history.

SEC Draft Notes:
*   Six SEC schools had a player drafted in the First Round in 2020.
*   The SEC has had at least one top-10 draft pick for the 14th consecutive season and for the 28th time in the last 29 NFL Drafts.
*   Since 2009, Top 10 NFL picks by league: SEC (44); Big 12 (20); ACC (19); Pac-12 (14); B1G (12); MAC (3); Notre Dame (3); AAC (2); BYU (1); MWC (1); FCS (1)
*   The SEC now has 51 top-10 picks since 2007.

Gators 2020 NFL Draft Notes

*Florida has had the fifth-most first and second round picks in the nation and third-most in the SEC since 2008.
*   Alabama – 52
*   Ohio State – 35
*   LSU – 31
*   USC – 29
*   Florida – 27
*   Florida State – 24
*   Clemson – 22
*   Notre Dame – 22
*   North Carolina – 15
*   Missouri – 14

*   Florida ranks tied for first nationally among schools with the most wide receivers selected in the first three rounds during the common draft era.
*   Florida -19
*   Ohio St. – 19
*   Tennessee – 19
*   Miami (FL) – 18
*   USC – 18
*   LSU – 16
*   Michigan – 13
*   Oklahoma – 13
*   San Diego St. – 13
*   Penn St. – 13
*   Arizona St. – 11
*   Notre Dame – 10
*   Clemson – 9

*   Florida has had multiple wide receivers selected in a single draft four times since 2000. That mark ranks second in the SEC.
*   LSU – 6 (2018, 2014, 2010, 2007, 2006, 2004)
*   Florida – 4 (2020, 2009, 2002, 2000)
*   Georgia – 3 (2019, 2011, 2005)
*   Texas A&M – 3 (2018, 2001, 2000)
*   Arkansas – 2 (2012, 2000)
*   Ole Miss – 2 (2019, 2016)
*   Alabama – 2 (2020, 2002)
*   Auburn – 1(2006)
*   Kentucky – 1(2008)
*   Tennessee – 1(2013)
*   Missouri – 0
*   South Carolina – 0
*   Vanderbilt – 0

*   Florida is one of three SEC schools to have had three wide receivers selected in two separate drafts during the common draft era.
*   Florida – 2020, 1978
*   LSU – 2014, 1988
*   Tennessee – 1991, 1983

*   Florida has had the fifth-most linebackers selected in the first three rounds nationally and the second-most in the SEC.

*   USC – 24
*   Ohio St. – 22
*   Alabama – 21
*   Penn State – 21
*   Florida – 19
*   Tennessee – 18
*   Miami (FL) – 17
*   Oklahoma – 17
*   Georgia – 16
*   LSU – 16
*   Nebraska – 16

*   For the sixth-straight year, at least five Gators were selected. This is the 13th time since 2000 that the Gators reached that mark.
*   This is the 10th time that UF has had at least six Gators selected in one year since 2000.
*   This is the eighth time that UF has had at least seven Gators selected in one year since 2000.
*   The Gators have had at least two players selected by the same NFL team three times since 2015
*   2020 – Jabari Zuniga, Lamical Perine (New York Jets)
*   2017 – Jarrad Davis, Teez Tabor (Detroit Lions)
*   2015 – Neiron Ball, Andre Debose (Oakland Raiders)

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

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

*Florida is the only SEC school, and one of four schools nationally, to have at least one player selected in every draft during the common draft era. The Gators have the second-most players drafted out of those four schools.
*   USC – 343
*   Florida – 265
*   Michigan – 264
*   Michigan State – 193

*The Gators’ seven total drafted players represent the most in the state of Florida this year.
*   Florida – 7
*   Miami – 4
*   Florida International – 2
*   Florida State – 1
*   Central Florida – 1
*   Florida Atlantic – 1
*   South Florida – 0

*The Gators have had 34 players selected in the first three rounds since 2010, which is the most among Florida schools.
*   Florida – 34
*   Florida State – 26
*   Miami – 17


 

Compiled by Florida’s sports information department.