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Chomping at Bits: Gators await their NFL Draft fates

Florida could have as many as three players selected in the first round of tonight's NFL Draft.

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NFL Draft begins tonight: Florida could potentially have three players selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Vernon Hargreaves III, Jonathan Bullard and Keanu Neal each have a legitimate chance of being selected early. While Hargreaves has been projected as a first-round lock, various mock drafts have Bullard and Neal being picked in the first or second round. Florida has had three first-round picks in just two drafts, in 1989 and in 2010. Those 2010 first round picks were Joe Haden, Tim Tebow, and Maurkice Pouncey. The Gators could have as many as nine players selected total in this year's draft. Hargreaves and Neal will be in attendance in Chicago tonight. (Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach PostZach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

For some awesome analysis and coverage of Gators in the draft, check out Trevor's pieces on Keanu NealJonathan BullardVernon Hargreaves III, and Alex McCalister.

Kelvin Taylor prepares for NFL Draft: Taylor is expected to be a mid-round pick. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)

Who is the best Gator to be drafted in the last 10 years?: Florida Gators' Chris Harry says Joe Haden. He also made a top 10 list. Florida has had more first-round selections (13) than second or third round selections combined (12) over the last ten drafts. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

Jim McElwain continues speaking tour: McElwain made a stop at the Pinellas Gator Club last night. He discussed offseason player discipline, Tampa Bay area recruiting, the Gators' 2019 game with Miami, Martez Ivey - who sat out the spring after shoulder surgery, and the importance of upgrading facilities. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

Four 2017 Gator commits make new ESPN 300 list: All four of Florida's current 2017 commitments are ranked in the list. 4-star wide receiver Daquon Green is the highest ranked Gator commit at No. 79. 4-star Quarterback Jake Allen is ranked No. 147, tight end Kemore Gamble is No. 237 and offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort is No. 258. (Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post)

Florida to play Duke in Jimmy V Classic: The game will be played on December 6th at Madison Square Garden. Purdue will play Arizona State first, with the Gators and Blue Devils taking the night slot. (Tampa Bay TimesMatt Norlander, CBS SportsDenver Parler, Florida Gators)

Gators' women's tennis coach, player earn SEC Awards: Florida women's tennis coach Roland Thornqvist was named SEC Coach of the Year for the fifth time. The Gators are 21-2 overall and ended the conference season undefeated as SEC champions. Florida's Brooke Austin was named Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. (Gainesville SunGrace Duggan, Florida Gators)

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