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Florida’s Joey Ivie selected in seventh round of 2017 NFL Draft by Dallas Cowboys

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A stalwart goes to the team of Staubach.

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Former Florida Gators defensive tackle Joey Ivie is the latest Gator to be selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, going in the seventh round to the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday.

Ivie was selected with the 10th pick of the seventh round and the No. 228 pick overall.

Ivie spent much of his Florida career in the shadow of more physically gifted and renowned defensive linemen, from Jonathan Bullard to Caleb Brantley, but he served as a force in the middle of the Gators’ line for most of his four years in Gainesville, and was rarely any less than an adequate player on the line after his freshman season.

Often lining up as a nose tackle, Ivie had 24 tackles in 2014, 27 tackles in 2015, and 26 tackles in 2016, playing in double-digit games in each of those campaigns and never suffering a truly season-threatening injury.

Ivie was thought of as a late-round pick entering the draft, and going in the seventh round is probably as good an outcome for him as going undrafted and being able to choose from a potential pool of suitors might have been. He’s the first Gator picked by the Cowboys since Chaz Green in 2015, and the first Florida defender drafted by the Cowboys since Godfrey Miles in 1991.

Ivie’s selection makes eight for the Gators in the 2017 NFL Draft, and three on Saturday’s final day of action.