Cowboys draft former Gators, Pasco High star Joey Ivie
Former Gators and Pasco High standout Joey Ivie capped a bustling weekend for local NFL Draft prospects when the Dallas Cowboys picked him in the seventh round with the 228th overall pick.
The oldest of five siblings, Ivie's selection comes almost two years to the day after losing his younger sister. Jordan Ivie passed away April 26, 2015, from injuries sustained in a car accident in a rural part of Dade City.
"Oh man, if only she was here," Ivie said Saturday evening. "But I know she's looking down and I know she's happy and smiling. I know she's a Cowboy up in heaven."
Ivie had his best college season last fall, registering 26 tackles and 2.5 sacks despite missing two games with a broken thumb. He followed that with a strong week of practice for the East-West Shrine Game, and an equally impressive pro day in Gainesville.
Former Bucs defensive tackle Booger McFarland, who covered Ivie's pro day for the SEC Network, wrote on Twitter that Ivie would get drafted late but spend a decade in the NFL.
"It helped me tremendously," said Ivie, who followed the draft in Gainesville with more than a dozen friends and relatives. "It helped people see outside the box of film and see that I can move."