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Since Tim Tebow, the Gators have had 2 QBs drafted in baseball, but none in football

Florida has had a punter and kicker get picked and two QBs chosen for baseball since their last quarterback was taken.
The Denver Broncos drafted former Gators quarterback Tebow with the No. 25 overall pick in 2010.
The Denver Broncos drafted former Gators quarterback Tebow with the No. 25 overall pick in 2010.
Published Mar. 30
Updated Mar. 30

Kyle Trask will enter the Gators’ pro day Wednesday with a chance to do something no Florida quarterback has done since Tim Tebow: Get drafted by an NFL team.

It’s a jarring fact for a program known for its prolific passing and high-scoring offenses, but the context makes it even more remarkable. Here are five things that have happened since the Broncos drafted Tebow with the No. 25 overall pick in 2010.

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Every other Division I-A school in the state has had at least one quarterback drafted

Jameis Winston is one of three FSU quarterbacks drafted since 2011.
Jameis Winston is one of three FSU quarterbacks drafted since 2011. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times ]

Florida State has produced three first rounders since then (Jameis Winston, EJ Manuel and Christian Ponder). Florida International had two quarterbacks drafted, including Gaither High product Alex McGough (James Morgan was the other). USF (BJ Daniels), Miami (Brady Kaaya) and UCF (Blake Bortles) have produced one each, and Florida Atlantic’s Rusty Smith was drafted five rounds after Tebow in 2010.

Two UF starting quarterbacks were drafted in baseball

Feleipe Franks was drafted by the Boston Red Sox when he was still the Gators' starting quarterback.
Feleipe Franks was drafted by the Boston Red Sox when he was still the Gators' starting quarterback. [ Times ]

The Red Sox picked Jeff Driskel in the 29th round in 2013 and selected Feleipe Franks six years later in the 31st round. Both signed with Boston, but both have remained focused on football.

Related: Florida Gators’ Feleipe Franks is already an MLB draftee. What about NFL?

Four former UF quarterbacks have been drafted from other schools

Will Grier starred for the Gators before getting suspended. He went to West Virginia and then got drafted.
Will Grier starred for the Gators before getting suspended. He went to West Virginia and then got drafted.

Cam Newton is the most high-profile example. The former five-star recruit was Tebow’s teammate before getting into off-field trouble and transferring. He starred in his lone year at Auburn and was the No. 1 overall pick in 2011.

Five years later, two other former Gators, Driskel and Jacoby Brissett, were drafted. Like Newton, they started their college careers at UF before transferring (to Louisiana Tech and North Carolina State, respectively). Both are still in the league as backups.

Will Grier’s promising 2015 season was derailed by a year-long NCAA drug suspension. He left for West Virginia and did well enough there to get drafted in the third round by the Panthers in 2019.

Franks has a chance to join this group. After completing a school-record 68.5 percent of his passes last season at Arkansas, Franks is a Day 3 prospect — a notch or two lower than Trask, who supplanted him as UF’s starter.

Related: Why Feleipe Franks says his ankle injury was ‘the biggest blessing in my life’

One UF quarterback was drafted at another position

Jordan Reed arrived at Florida as a quarterback before shifting to tight end.
Jordan Reed arrived at Florida as a quarterback before shifting to tight end. [ Times (2011) ]

Jordan Reed was recruited as a four-star quarterback and threw 46 passes in 2010 before switching to tight end. Washington took him in the third round in 2013, and he blossomed into a Pro Bowl tight end.

Although they weren’t drafted, two of UF’s other post-Tebow quarterbacks, Trey Burton and Tyler Murphy, joined the league at other positions. Burton, a tight end, threw the famous “Philly Special” trick-play touchdown to help the Eagles beat the Patriots in Super Bowl 52. Murphy, who finished his college career at Boston College, spent time as a receiver with the Steelers and Dolphins.

UF has had a player drafted at virtually every other position

Gators kicker Caleb Sturgis was taken by the Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2013 draft.
Gators kicker Caleb Sturgis was taken by the Dolphins in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. [ Times (2009) ]

Over the past 10 drafts, the Gators have had 57 players drafted. That list includes 10 other offensive skill players, 13 defensive backs, inside and outside linebackers and every spot on the offensive and defensive line, plus a punter and a kicker. The only positions not represented in UF’s draft picks since Tebow?

Long snapper and quarterback.

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