Murphy goes in fourth round; Ingram to Eagles in fifth round
Lakewood High School graduate Louis Murphy was selected in the fourth round of today's NFL Draft to the Oakland Raiders.
Murphy said the before the draft he just wanted the opportunity and wasn't worried about what round he would be taken in. A former Lakewood High standout, Murphy played in all 14 games for the Gators last season, with 38 receptions for 655 yards (17.2 avg) and seven touchdowns. He averaged 46.8 receiving yards per game.
He was the second Gator drafted. Percy Harvin went in the first round to Minnesota.
Former Gator tight end Cornelius Ingram was the third Gator taken in the NFL Draft, going to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Ingram missed all of his senior year last season because of a knee injury he suffered in preseason. The senior from Hawthorne had seven TD catches as a junior in 2007.
“I feel good, real good.” Ingram said Sunday afternoon.
Asked if he thought he might be selected sooner, Ingram said he had mixed thoughts on the subject.
“You know, I was thinking that I would (be sooner), but at the same time I know the knee problem was a question to a lot of teams,'' Ingram said. "I’m at the point in my life where I am happy for the opportunity and for Philadelphia giving me this chance because I am definitely going to take advantage of it. I’m going to be one of the hardest working guys out there on the field and I am ready to get started.”