What, you thought the run on Florida Gators in the 2017 NFL Draft was over on Friday? No, no, no. Midway through the fourth round of the Draft on Saturday, David Sharpe became Florida’s first pick of the third day, going to the Oakland Raiders with the No. 129 overall pick.
Sharpe has had NFL size since high school, as a 6’6” power forward/left tackle who weighed closer to 400 than 300 pounds. He’s since slimmed down, and turned into a solid starter at left tackle with plenty of potential left to unlock in his final year at Florida.
But Sharpe left things to be desired in terms of agility and reliability, and his early entry to the NFL Draft came as a minor surprise this January, as many assumed he would return for a senior season at Florida in hopes of raising his draft stock by getting better and more consistent as a bookend.
Still, Sharpe going in the fourth round — and to a team that both has had a few Gators of late and has a coach, Jack Del Rio, who probably has some insight gleaned from family dinners about Sharpe — is a confirmation that his decision will probably land him on an NFL roster in 2017.
Sharpe is the Raiders’ first Gator draft pick since 2015, when the team selected both Neiron Ball and Andre Debose. He is the sixth Florida player drafted in 2017, following Jarrad Davis’s first-round selection on Thursday and four Gators defenders drafted on Friday in the second and third rounds.