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Saturday April 28, 2012 Gators DT Jaye Howard and RB Chris Rainey get calls on Day 3 of NFL Draft

Updated: 8:57pm, April 28

The wait is over for the Gators in this year's NFL Draft.

Defensive tackle Jaye Howard became the first Florida player selected when Seattle picked him in the fourth round Saturday with the 114th overall pick.

The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Howard was the 12th defensive tackle taken. Howard started 13 games as a senior, recording 65 tackles – 10 for loss – and 5.5 sacks.

Howard's selection marks the latest the first Gator was picked in the draft since 1993.

Meanwhile, Gators running back Chris Rainey had to wait another round but his named was finally called when Pittsburgh took Rainey in the fifth round.

Rainey, projected to be selected ahead of Howard by many draft analysts, will be reunited with former Florida teammates Maurkice Pouncey and Marcus Gilbert in Pittsburgh.

Many mock drafts had Rainey as a third- to fifth-round pick, valuable as a running back, receiver and special teams player.

Rainey led the Gators in rushing as a senior and played regularly all four years of his career at UF, including as a fresman on Florida's national championship team in 2008.

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