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Former Gators confident heading into NFL Draft



Former Florida players Percy Harvin, Louis Murphy and Cornelius Ingram were among the players participating and Florida's Pro Day on Wednesday, and all seem content with where they stand in the final weeks heading into the NFL Draft.

"I'm hearing good things,'' said Murphy, a St. Petersburg native. "I'm hearing a lot of good things. I'll just keep working hard and let God play his hand.''

Murphy said he didn't feel any pressure to perform.

"I put a lot of pressure on myself,'' he said. "I always want to come out and compete and put my best foot forward, but it really wasn't any pressure.''

Harvin, who is expected to become a first round pick,had an excellent workout on Wednesday by his own assessement and may have erased some of the questions surrounding his durability and his health.

"Overall, I had a great workout,'' Harvins said. "Coming out of the combine, I was still a little banged up, but I had two weeks to get (his injured ankle) right, so it felt great today.''

At the NFL combine, Harvin benched 225 pounds 18 times. At UF's Pro Day, he did it 22 times.

As for the 40, Harvin said he was prepared to run, but the coaches saw him putting his shoes on and told him they had seen enough.

"The main question was they wanted to see me come out of my breaks and actually run routes,'' Harvin said. "Once they saw me today, I think I cleared up a lot of question. A lot of coaches told me they were pleased. I had a great workout and we'll see what happens from there.''

Harvin has between 8-10 workouts still scheduled with specific teams including the Dolphis, Jets, Baltimore, Tampa Bay and Minnesota.

"I'm hearing nothing but great things right now, so we'll see,'' Harvin said.

For Ingram, who missed his entire senior season with an ACL injury, the combine and Pro Day are among several opportunities to show he's 100 percent recovered. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, believes he could still be a first-day draft choice.

"I think he's got tremendous momentum right now,'' Rosenhaus said. "I personally think he's the best tight end prospect in the draft. I've been representing some of the best tight ends in the NFL for the last 20 years. He's as good a prospect as I've seen. He's a great person. He is a gigantic wide receiver in a tight end's body. He can catch everything, can run any route, just superior hands and great route running skills. He's a physical specimen. He's come back from the injury. His knee is as functionally sound as anybody else that will work out. You cannot detect that he's had any injuries. He looks even better than he did before the injury and if I'm an NFL team I'm not going to wait long before I call his number on draft day.''


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:50pm]


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