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Tuesday May 6, 2014 Easley in draft, Kitchens excited, Parsons on Lillard's shot, more Gators tidbits

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The NFL Draft starts Thursday. My prediction is that the first mock draft for 2015 comes out about 12 seconds after the final pick in this year's draft.

Personally, kind of mock drafted out. Ready for the real thing. So are several Gators who actually have a chance to get picked.

Here are some fresh links covering the draft and other nuggets of interest to Florida fans:

--Gators DT Dominique Easley could be a steal in later rounds of draft writes Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free-Press.

--Hays Carlyon of The Florida Times-Union writes about the Florida prospects in this year's NFL Draft.

Darrin Kitchens

--Gators LB Darrin Kitchens (photo, left) is eligible to get drafted. If Kitchens makes an NFL roster, it will most likely be via the free-agent route. However, he had plenty to celebrate this week as he graduated from UF. Kitchens was one of 51 UF student-athletes to participate in commencement ceremonies over the weekend. Congrats to all

--Former UF standout Chandler Parsons can't escape "what ifs' on Damian Lillard's buzzer-beater writes Jonathan Feigen of Houston Chronicle.

--Gators coach Will Muschamp was in Tampa on Monday night to speak and here is a Q&A from Tampa Bay Times UF beat writer Antonya English.

--Larry Muschamp, father of Gators coach Will Muschamp, passed away. Here is a nice photo gallery of Mr. Muschamp that tells story of family over the years.

--The Gators, winners of six in a row heading into tonight's game against Mercer, are up to No. 4 in the latest Baseball America poll. Here is a look at BA's Top 25 tracker. For a look at Mercer's rise, here is a story by Michael A. Lough of The Macon Telegraph.

--Gators CB Marcus Roberson is one of several St. Thomas Aquinas grads as potential draft picks writes Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel.

--Jeff Barlis of with his post-spring review of the Gators.

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