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Thursday April 28, 2011Florida Gators in the 2011 NFL Draft

Gainesville, Fla.

Following the completion of their careers at the University of Florida, several student-athletes have been training in preparation for the 2011 NFL Draft. The NFL Draft returns to primetime in 2011, with the first round taking place Thursday, April 28, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The second and third rounds will be held on Friday, April 29 at 6:00 p.m. ET and rounds 4-7 will be on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET. NFL Network will air the 2011 Draft in its entirety.

 

For a complete list of Florida’s NFL Draft history, visit: http://www.gatorzone.com/football/draft/?page=year

 

To follow live coverage of the draft, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2011

 

Florida’s Draft-Eligible Players for 2011 NFL Draft

DT Brandon Antwine (Garland, TX)

S Ahmad Black (Lakeland, FL)

OT Marcus Gilbert (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

P Chas Henry (Dallas, GA)

LB Brandon Hicks (Jacksonville, FL)

S Will Hill (West Orange, N.J.)

OL Maurice Hurt (Milledgeville, GA)

OG Carl Johnson (Durham, N.C.)

LB A.J. Jones (Tampa, FL)

DE Duke Lemmens (Westlake Village, CA)

DT Lawrence Marsh (Augusta, GA)

RB Emmanuel Moody (Coppell, TX)

WR Carl Moore (Rancho Cordova, CA)

OG/C Mike Pouncey (Lakeland, FL)

DE Justin Trattou (Ramsey, N.J.)

WR Justin Williams (Folkston, GA)

 

Florida Football Draft Notes:

• Florida has had seven first round draft picks since 2007, tied for the top total in the nation during that time.

 

• The Gators have had at least one first-round pick in each of the last four years, the second longest active streak in the nation.

 

• Forty-two Gator players have been selected in the opening round of the NFL Draft. A breakdown on those selections includes nine running backs, nine defensive linemen, six wide receivers, five offensive linemen, four linebackers, five defensive backs and four quarterbacks.

 

• Florida has had 308 players selected from 1936-2010 in the NFL Draft.

 

• Florida has had a player drafted in the first-round in 11 of the last 14 years, and 21 of the last 28.

 

• A Florida receiver has been drafted in 15 of the last 17 years, and 20 Gator wideouts have been selected during that stretch. In all, there have been 34 UF wide receivers selected in the draft.

 

• Florida is the only school to have a wide receiver selected in each of the last five NFL Drafts (2006-10). During that time frame, Florida is tied with two schools for the most receivers drafted, with six.

 

• Florida has had a wide receiver drafted in each of the past five years.

 

• There have been 10 tight ends selected in the draft out of Florida.

 

• A total of 62 Gator offensive linemen have been taken in the NFL Draft.

 

• Eight Gator defensive linemen have been drafted in the last five NFL Drafts, the highest total in the nation during that time period, including two first-round selections.

 

• UF had at least 40 players chosen in the NFL Draft for the decades of 1950, 1970, 1980 and 1990. UF had 50 selections from the years 2000-09, setting a school record for choices in a decade. UF had nine players drafted in 2010, tying for the second-most in a single year in school history.

 

• Florida had a school-record 10 players selected in the 1978 NFL Draft and had nine players selected in 1992, 2007 and 2010 Drafts.  UF has led the nation in number of players drafted in a single year five times (’78: 10, ’99: 8*, ’03: 8*, ’07: 9; ’09: 9 – *shared top total)

 

• Florida has had a first-round draft pick at 11 different positions (QB, RB, FB, WR, OT, C, DE, DT, LB, CB, S). UF has had a player at every offensive and defensive position selected in the first two rounds of an NFL Draft.

 

• The Pittsburgh Steelers have drafted the most former Gators, selecting 21 UF players over the years.

 

SEC Football Draft Notes:

• The SEC has had more draft selections since 2006 than any other conference. The league has averaged almost 40 selections per draft since 2006 (39.8).

 

• Since 2006, the SEC has had 36 first-round selections, an average of more than seven per year.  The league had a high of 11 first-round selections in 2007.

 

• Since 2006, the SEC has had two players selected first in the NFL Draft (2007 - JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU to Oakland; 2009 - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia to Detroit) and four other players selected among the top five in the draft (2009 - #3 Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU to Kansas City; 2008 - #4 Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas to Oakland; 2008 - #5 Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU to Kansas City; 2010 - Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee to Kansas City).

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