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Chomping at Bits: Gators in the 2017 NFL Draft

Several Florida players hope to hear their names called this week.

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2017 NFL Draft begins tonight: Several Gators are eligible to be drafted by NFL teams, and will be anxiously awaiting news of their selection this weekend. The first round of the draft will be televised tonight at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN, live from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The second and third rounds will take place tomorrow, with the remaining rounds finishing up on Saturday. (Will Pantages, Florida Gators)

Jarrad Davis receiving first round love: The linebacker is widely expected to be the first Gator off the board in the draft, and is showing up as a first round pick in many mock drafts. (Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun)

Jim McElwain says he “owes a lot” to potential draftees: Florida’s 2017 draft class is comprised of a lot of key contributors to the Gators’ back-to-back SEC East title seasons. (Bob Redman, Scout)

On the Malik Zaire/SEC graduate transfer rule hullabaloo: Jim McElwain stated on his speaking tour that he would welcome adding competition at the quarterback position. Of course, Florida is presently prohibited from taking Zaire, or any graduate transfer, due to an SEC rule prohibiting the acceptance of graduate transfers for three years because two prior graduate transfers - Anthony Harrell and Mason Halter - became academically ineligible. This summer, the SEC is expected to possibly amend or drop that rule. (Nick de la Torre, Gator Country; Thomas Goldkamp, 247 Sports; Ryan Young, SEC Country)

Canyon Barry preparing for NBA workouts: Everyone’s favorite underhanded free throw shooter hopes to take the next step in his basketball career, either in the NBA or playing overseas. Barry has a handful of NBA workouts lined up in the near future. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

Gators add two to 2018 gymnastics team: Jazmyn Foberg and Nicole Webb will compete at Florida next season. (Mary Howard, Florida Gators)

Football recruiting updates: Five-star defensive back Tyreke Johnson, who visited for the Orange & Blue Debut, received a visit from Tim Skipper; and a list of recruits that Florida has offered in recent days. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

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