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2015 NFL Draft: Chaz Green, Matt Jones drafted in third round

Two more Florida Gators came off the board in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday.

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Florida Gators Chaz Green and Matt Jones got unexpectedly good news on Friday — both were selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Green was taken by the Dallas Cowboys with the 27th pick of the third round, and the 91st overall. Jones went to Washington just four picks later, with the 31st pick of the round and the 95th overall.

Green becomes the first Florida player drafted by Dallas in more than two decades; Willie Jackson was tabbed by the Cowboys in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft. It hasn't been nearly as long since Washington grabbed a Gator: Jordan Reed was the franchise's last draftee, going in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Both selections are somewhat surprising, given both players' perceived draft stock. Jones was thought to be a fine complementary back, but seemed destined for the third day because of it, while Green profiles as a versatile lineman who could be most valuable as a backup.

And, hey, good surprises for these two players, specifically, are more than welcome. Jones left Florida after his junior season largely to begin more fully providing for his young family, while Green's career had been marred by injuries.

Third-round picks almost always make rosters, and so both Green and Jones are in line for NFL paydays.