Gators Marcus Gilbert and Ahmad Black both selected in the NFL Draft
Will Muschamp said he was certain somebody would take a chance on Ahmad Black. It turns out that somebody was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Black, the MVP of the 2011 Outback Bowl, was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. He was the 151st pick overall.
Black, at 5-foot-9 3/8, 184 pounds, is considered undersized for an NFL safety, but ESPN analyst Mel Kiper and Muschamp, a former NFL assistant, both agreed he has a shot to play at the next level. Black led the Gators in his senior season with 102 tackles, eighth in the nation among defensive backs.
On Friday, Black's former teammate OL Marcus Gilbert was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 31st pick (63rd overall) in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He was the second Gator taken in this year’s draft and the second Gator offensive lineman selected, joining Mike Pouncey who was selected in the first round by the Miami Dolphins.
Gilbert appeared in 52 games with 30 career starts. He was named a Third-Team All-SEC selection by Phil Steele in 2010 and was selected to play in the Under Armour Senior Bowl.