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Former Gator Sharriff Floyd likely a first-round NFL Draft pick Mel Kiper, Jr., says



Former Gator DL Sharrif Floyd's decision to leave early for the NFL Draft most likely will be a lucrative one.

ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. said today he expects Floyd to be a first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft. Kiper said former Gator S Matt Elam could also be taken in the first round, but the second round is more likely.

With Floyd, the 49ers' at No. 30 is where I have him going right now,'' Kiper said.  "Elam, I’ve thought about it, is a border-line first round. I think it would be more second round for him. I think, to me, he’s behind Kenny Vaccaro from Texas. He's the No. 2 safety. I think both those kids have a chance to be, but obviously Floyd moreso, to be a first round possibility. Elam, probably more of an early to mid-second."

Tight end Jordan Reed also could be among the top tight ends selected in a year in which there isn't a large group to choose from, Kiper said.

"Jordan Reed I like,'' Kiper said. "He’s one of those athletic tight ends that’s in vogue in the league right now. He can catch the ball down the field, can stretch the deep middle. You think about right now with the tight end group not being all that strong, I mean it’s not a great year. After Tyler Eifert and Zac Ertz, the third tight end is wide open. So I think he’s got a chance to be right in there. Travis Kelce from Cincinnati would be his competition, he’s a senior. Dion Simms, a junior from Michigan State could be in that mix. Jordan Reed could be the third tight end taken or he could be the fifth tight end taken. Either way I think he’s probably in that third round discussion, maybe the second round if he runs a great 40. So I’d day two (round) or three for him as the third tight end taken."

Former Gator LB Jelani Jenkins surprised many with his decision to leave early - and Kiper was among those who thought he might stay for his senior season.

"Jelani Jenkins with the injury (broken ankle), I’m a little surprised he came out." Kiper said. "I saw him when he was in high school at Good Counsel here in this area (Maryland). I think he’s probably more of a third to fourth round type of pick right now the way it looks. I’d project him a little lower than the other two if I had to do it right now."

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:13pm]


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