The biggest Gator likely to be drafted in 2016 is finally off the board: Jonathan Bullard was picked by the Chicago Bears with the 72nd pick of the 2016 NFL Draft on Friday night.
Bullard was considered a likely Day 2 selection, and may have slid a bit from the second round to the third, but he's landing with a team that memorably drafted and got plenty of use out of Alex Brown, another great Florida defensive end.
As Trevor Sikkema wrote, Bullard also passed up entering the draft after his junior season, in a move that probably did plenty to help Florida win the SEC East for the first time this decade.
Bullard had the option to declare for the draft last year, but he felt like he had unfinished business to prove, not just in terms of his stock, but in himself and the legacy he would leave at UF, and chose to return instead. It paid off: He went on to earn All-American honors in 2015 and led UF with 17.5 tackles for loss — third-best in the SEC — while putting enough good tape together to significantly improve his stock.
Bullard is the first Gator to be drafted by the Bears since Jon Bostic went to the Windy City in 2013.