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Wednesday February 27, 2013Several Gators Shine at 2013 NFL Scouting Combine

Gainesville, Fla.

The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine concluded on Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Over the past six days, players were put through a series of drills, tests and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel, including head coaches, general managers and scouts.


The Florida football program had 10 players participate in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Several players were limited in their activities for medical reasons, but each former Gator took part in the grueling process and most put up impressive numbers. Complete results for all 10 players as well as some comments on their performance from various media outlets are below.


Sharrif Floyd, DL (6-3, 297)

Arm Length: 31 3/4”

Hand Length: 10 1/8”

40-yard Dash: 4.92 sec

Vertical Jump: 30.0”

Broad Jump: 8’ 10”

3-Cone Drill: 7.40 sec

20-yard Shuttle: 4.75 sec


“Sharrif Floyd might be one of the best two or three players in this draft from where you can line him up.”

“Sharrif Floyd is the best defensive tackle prospect in the draft.”

Mike Mayock, NFL Network Analyst


“Almost a 300-pound man running a sub-5 flat 40, you’re just impressed with the big man. His ability to move, his fluidness, get off the ground, doing almost everything. And then he played defensive end and defensive tackle in college, stout in the run. I love this kid all day long.”

Warren Sapp, NFL Network Analyst and NFL Hall of Famer


“Floyd showed today that the hype surrounding him as a potential top ten pick is fair and justified. According to one scout we spoke to Floyd was “awesome” in drills today displaying the athleticism and explosiveness that are so rare in 300+ pound defensive tackles. His ability to move with such remarkable grace and bend his knees to maintain base during workout was incredible. Overall, after today’s workout, Floyd has pretty much assured himself of being one of the first ten players drafted in April.”

Russ Lande, National Football Post



Jon Bostic, LB (6-1, 245)

Arm Length: 33”

Hand Length: 9 5/8”

40-yard Dash: 4.61 sec (3rd among LB)

Bench Press: 22 reps (t-10th among LB)

Vertical Jump: 32.5” (t-13th among LB)

Broad Jump: 9’10” (t-10th among LB)

3-Cone Drill: 6.99 sec (t-3rd among LB)

20-yard Shuttle: 4.24 sec (4th among LB)


“UF LB Jon Bostic has done as much as anyone to help himself today. A built athlete who's been pretty fluid in movement drills. Ran great.”

Dion Caputi, National Football Post NFL Draft Analyst


“Jon Bostic came to the combine as a fourth-round type but he ran 4.50 while Manti Te'o (Notre Dame) had a 4.8 on many watches. Bostic had over 60 tackles, three sacks, seven tackles for loss and was one of the best players on a good defense. Teams like Seattle want fast people on their defense and so do many other coaches. Bostic looked smoother in drills than most of the linebackers ranked ahead of him coming into the combine.”

Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports NFL Insider


“Bostic came into the combine with the reputation as a thumper in the run game, but displayed excellent speed (4.61) and showed very good change-of-direction in drills. Teams will now need to reevaluate whether Bostic can be a 3-down linebacker, which is very valuable in the NFL.”

Justin Pawlowski, CBS Sports Radio Tampa



Matt Elam, S (5-10, 208)

Arm Length: 32 5/8”

Hand Length: 9”

40-yard Dash: 4.54 sec (t-5th among S)

Bench Press: 17 reps (t-7th among S)

Vertical Jump: 35.5” (t-12th among S)

Broad Jump: 9’10”


“Matt Elam from Florida, another really good football player; I have him in the second round.”

“He won’t tackle you, he’ll knock you out.”

Mike Mayock, NFL Network Analyst


“UF S Matt Elam keeping his hips sunk deep, effortless backpedal, very nice footwork overall. Drove through ball, made the catch.”

Dion Caputi, National Football Post NFL Draft Analyst


“Florida safety Matt Elam, who met with the Super Bowl champion Ravens, ran a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash. For such a hard-hitting prospect to run well, that should provide a boost to his already healthy draft stock. Elam also has looked sharp in the position-specific and agility drills.”

Aaron Wilson, Baltimore Sun


“One safety that impressed was Florida’s Matt Elam. He came into the Combine a borderline first-rounder according to NFL pundits, and he helped his cause by posting a tremendous 40 time and displaying strong ball skills despite a late drop.”

Ricky Henne,



Josh Evans, S (6-1, 207)

Arm Length: 31 7/8”

Hand Length: 10”

40-yard Dash: 4.58 sec (9th among S)

Vertical Jump: 34.5”

Broad Jump: 10’3” (t-9th among S)

3-Cone Drill: 6.64 sec (3rd-fastest at the entire combine, 1st among S)

20-yard Shuttle: 4.10 sec (5th among S)



Mike Gillislee, RB (5-11, 208)

Arm Length: 31 1/8”

Hand Length: 9 3/8”

40-yard Dash: 4.55 sec (t-11th among RB)

Bench Press: 15 reps

Vertical Jump: 30.5”

Broad Jump: 9’11” (t-13th among RB)

3-Cone Drill: 7.12 sec (15th among RB)

20-yard Shuttle: 4.40 sec

60-yard Shuttle: 12.02 sec (12th among RB)



Caleb Sturgis, K (5-10, 188)

Arm Length: 30”

Hand Length: 8 3/4”


“On a day where many of the place kickers and punters struggled with consistency, Sturgis stood out as the most impressive specialist today. He clearly showed the strongest leg throughout the workout. On kickoffs, Sturgis was crushing the ball driving three out of the end-zone. His kickoffs had excellent hang-time, although on some it was tough to gauge a real hang-time as his kickoffs hit the uprights. Not only did he smash the ball on kickoffs, but he displayed excellent leg strength and accuracy on field goals hitting all three 50+ yarders.”

Russ Lande, National Football Post



The following players attended the combine but were limited in their physical workouts. They will work out on Florida Pro Day on March 12, along with the other players who attended the combine and several other Gator athletes.


Jelani Jenkins, LB (6-0, 243)

Arm Length: 32 1/4”

Hand Length: 9 3/8”

Bench Press: 27 reps (t-3rd among LB)


Lerentee McCray, LB (6-2, 250)

Arm Length: 33 3/8”

Hand Length: 10”


Jordan Reed, TE (6-2, 236)

Arm Length: 33”

Hand Length: 10”

40-yard Dash: 4.72 sec (8th among TE)

Bench Press: 16 reps (14th among TE)


Xavier Nixon, OL (6-6, 321)

Arm Length: 33 1/2”

Hand Length: 10 1/8”





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