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Antonya English

Eight Gators selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, four on final day

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April

Four former Florida Gators players were selected on the final day of the 2013 NFL Draft, bringing the total numbers of Florida players drafted to eight - the largest number of players the Gators have had selected in the draft since 2010.

On Saturday, LB Jelani Jenkins, RB Mike Gillislee, K Caleb Sturgis and S Josh Evans were all among the players drafted.

Jenkins (4th round, No. 104) Gillislee (5th round, No. 164) and Sturgis (5th round, No. 166) were all selected by the Miami Dolphins.

Evans was a sixth round (No. 169) selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jenkins was the second linebacker from the Gators' 2012 team taken in the draft, joining Jon Bostic. Both are the first linebackers from UF to be chosen in the NFL Draft since Brandon Spikes was selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. In addition, this marks the first time since 1999 that two Gators were selected in the same draft.

Sturgis is the fourth Gator placekicker in school history to be chosen in the NFL Draft. He was the first UF kicker selected since Jeff Chandler was selected in the fourth round of the 2002 draft by the San Francisco 49ers. In addition, Sturgis was the first placekicker chosen in this year's draft.

With the selection of Evans and former safety Matt Elam - who was chosen in the first round on Thursday night - it is the first time in UF history that two safeties were chosen in the same draft.

The SEC set a conference record with 63 selections in the 2013 NFL Draft.



[Last modified: Saturday, April 27, 2013 7:54pm]

    

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