The NFL Draft concluded Saturday night in what turned into prosperous weekend for the Gators.
Eight Florida players were selected during the three-day draft held at Radio City Music Hall in New York, including four players in Saturday's final day.
Sharrif Floyd (Vikings) and Matt Elam (Ravens) were selected in Thursday's first round, followed by Jon Bostic (Bears) and Jordan Reed (Redskins) in rounds two and three on Friday. Finally, Jelani Jenkins (Dolphins), Caleb Sturgis (Dolphins), Mike Gillislee (Dolphins) and Josh Evans (Jaguars) were selected Saturday in rounds four through seven.
After having only two players selected in 2012 and four in 2011, NFL talent evaluators focused their attention once again heavily on a UF program that finished 11-2 in Coach Will Muschamp's second season.
"I think everybody was a little surprised that our numbers were not what they should be at Florida [the last two years],'' Muschamp said. "If we do our job as a staff, we'll continue to have these types of years. It shows about the development of our players.
"There are four things to coaching: it's evaluation, it's recruiting, it's development and it's coaching. We've done a good job of developing and coaching the players. I'm just really proud of all of them and appreciate what they did for our program.''
Here are some fresh links from around the Internet with more on the Gators selected in the draft:
--The Miami Dolphins obviously scouted the Gators heavily, taking three UF players Saturday writes The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley.
--Safety Josh Evans won't have to move far for his NFL destination after being taken by Jacksonville in the sixth round. A look at what Evans had to say to JacksonvilleJaguars.com.
--Redskins coach Mike Shanahan likes what Gators tight end Jordan Reed brings to the roster in this blog from the Washington Post.
--Gators linebacker Jon Bostic brings a lot to table for Bears writes Don Pompei of The Chicago Tribune.
--ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert asks could Bostic be replacement for Bears great Brian Urlacher?
--Gators safety Matt Elam will learn to play strong and free safety with Ravens as he reunites with former UF defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who coached Elam his first season at UF.
--USA Today's Jim Corbett revisits some of the struggles Elam went through to become a first-round NFL Draft pick.
--Sturgis is first player out of St. Augustine High to get drafted and first kicker taken by Dolphins in draft in 24 years writes the St. Augustine Record.
--Sharrif Floyd "wants to prove people wrong" after his slide in first round writes The Philadelphia Daily News.
--Minneapolis Star-Tribune columnist Sid Hartman writes Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was thrilled to get Sharrif Floyd at 23rd overall.
--More on Gillislee going to Dolphins from Andy Kent of MiamiDolphins.com.
--MiamiDolphins.com goes 1-on-1 with Jelani Jenkins in this podcast after Jenkins was selected Saturday.