Gators' trio joins 2003 class with multiple players selected by same team
With New England's selection of Jermaine Cunningham, Brandon Spikes and Aaron Hernandez in this year's NFL draft, it is the first time in seven years that an NFL team has drafted a three Florida players in the same draft. The Chicago Bears selected four Gators in 2003: QB Rex Grossman (first round), S Todd Johnson and DT Ian Scott (fourth round) and DT Tron LaFavor (fifth round).
The New York Giants have selected multiple players from the same college teams three times. Four in 1957, three in 1956 and three in 1953.
"I've said many times I have the utmost respect for Coach Belichick and the way he goes about his business,’’ Florida coach Urban Meyer said. “The Patroits are a first-class organization from top-to-bottom. Overall, our group of players have been drafted by top-notch organizations and coaches and I'm excited for them as they begin their professional careers".
Spikes said the similarities between Florida head coach Urban Meyer and New England head coach Bill Belichick, who are close friends, will be a huge benefit for the Gator players joining the Patriots' staff.
"Absolutely, without a doubt,'' Spikes said. "I have a great deal of respect for coach Belichick and his staff. I know a lot of the times we did things the way they do in New England; we did things like that in Florida. Seeing the success that we had with the guys that we had with us, I pretty much know what to expect, I think, right now. But we’ll see when we get there.''