The tally of Florida players taken in the 2013 NFL Draft doubled on Friday, as Jon Bostic and Jordan Reed joined Sharrif Floyd and Matt Elam in being selected by NFL teams.
Bostic was the first of the two Gators to be picked on Friday, going to the Chicago Bears with the 50th overall pick, and 18th selection of the second round. Bostic improved his stock immensely in the pre-draft process, impressing teams with his knowledge of the game and a 4.6 40 time, and now heads to a Bears team that no longer has Brian Urlacher manning the middle — the second such spot where a Florida draftee may have to deal with the expectations of being legend's replacement in this draft, given that Elam may be seen as a replacement of sorts for Ed Reed with the Baltimore Ravens.
Reed won't have those issues, unless Chris Cooley is now considered a legend, but he will probably have an opportunity to play early with the Redskins, who could really use more options in the passing game for Robert Griffin III. Reed was taken with the 85th pick overall in the third round, and slipped on many draft boards because of lackluster workouts, but can be a matchup problem lined up wide, and might well develop into a safety valve for the mobile Griffin.
Florida could have as many as 11 players drafted on Saturday in the draft's final four rounds — Josh Evans, Mike Gillislee, Jelani Jenkins, Lerentee McCray, Xavier Nixon, and Caleb Sturgis are all likely to be selected at some point, and Frankie Hammond, Omarius Hines, Omar Hunter, Earl Okine, and James Wilson are all also draft-eligible. If those first six players are selected, it will break Florida's record for players selected in a seven-round draft, set in 2007 and tied in 2010, and match the all-time record of 10, set in a 12-round draft in 1978.