With the 2014 NFL Draft over, we can survey what happened. Most importantly for us, four Florida Gators were drafted — fewer than most expected.
Dominique Easley was the first Gator off the board, taken No. 29 by the New England Patriots in the first round on Thursday. It's a vindication of sorts for Easley, whose dominance on the field when healthy won out over concerns about his injury history, which includes ACL tears in both knees.
Three other Gators went on Saturday, after none went on Friday in the second and third rounds. Jaylen Watkins came off the board first, going to the Philadelphia Eagles with the first pick of the fourth round. Ronald Powell went in the fifth round to the New Orleans Saints, while Jon Halapio will be reunited with Easley, having been picked by the Patriots in the sixth round.
|Dominique Easley||New England Patriots||No. 29||First|
|Jaylen Watkins||Philadelphia Eagles||No. 101||Fourth|
|Ronald Powell||New Orleans Saints||No. 169||Fifth|
|Jon Halapio||New England Patriots||No. 179||Sixth|
Conspicuous by their absence from that table are early entrants Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson, both of whom were touted at times in 2013 as potential first-round picks. They lead Florida's crop of eight undrafted free agents who will hope to sign with NFL teams over the next few days and claw their way to a roster spot in training camp.