Nothing is official yet, but as we all know (and as The Gainesville Sun has reported), junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins and junior free safety Will Hill will be putting their names in the NFL Draft.
For Jenkins, this is a prudent move, a smart decision. For Hill … well, what the heck is he thinking?
Hill had a very sub-par junior season. He made only one play that really sticks out — his interception and near-return for a touchdown in overtime against Georgia. Other than that, he was just there, doing nothing special at a position where the Gators have a history of playmakers making plays (Reggie Nelson and Major Wright being the most recent). Hill was much better as a freshman and sophomore on special teams. Hill is a very gifted athlete and will test well in workouts with NFL teams. But when the NFL guys watch tape on him, they’re going to have some serious questions about him projecting as an NFL player.
And there’s this: Hill was limited to special teams for the first and third quarters of the Outback Bowl for disciplinary reasons, according to a source close to the team.
While Hill is making a questionable decision, Jenkins is making the right one by coming out early. He’s NFL ready.
Although surgery required for a torn labrum kept Jenkins out of the Outback Bowl and could hamper his preparations for the draft, former Florida coach Urban Meyer told The Sun he still believes Jenkins will be a first-round pick.
“They’ve got a lot of tape on him so he’ll be fine,” Meyer said. “They can see him holding down A.J. Green and Julio Jones. Janoris is a great player and he’s a great kid, too. Sometimes he got a bad rap, but he’s a great kid.”
Neither Jenkins nor Will Hill have informed UF of their decisions and have yet to do the required paperwork for leaving school early.