Florida junior defensive end Carlos Dunlap (North Charleston, S.C.) will declare for the 2010 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-6, 290-pound defender led the Gators with nine sacks in 2009 and finishes his collegiate career tied for No. 10 on Florida’s all-time sack list with 19.5.
"This took a lot of thought and prayer between me and my family, and we decided that this was the best direction for me to take," Dunlap said. "I've loved having the chance to play at Florida for Coach [Urban] Meyer, and playing for Coach Charlie Strong. I wouldn't be the person or the player I am today without them and the other coaches who have helped me along the way."
Even before Dunlap's DUI before the SEC Championship game, Dunlap was expected to leave early. The early criticisms of him being not focused ended until his DUI, but Dunlap will likely be a first round draft pick. The Gators will struggle with replacing Dunlap and end Jermaine Cunningham. When this year's class of players, one of the best defensive line classes I can remember at UF, becomes sophomores and juniors, they will dominate.