For the fourth-straight year, ONLY GATORS Get Out Alive continues our coverage of the 10 former Florida Gators participating in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.
The event, which is held for six days from Feb. 20-26, consists of more than 300 players being put through a series of drills, tests and interviews while more than 600 NFL personnel in attendance (including coaching staffs, executives, player personnel and medical staffs) look on and evaluate each of them. It amounts to the final job interview these athletes will participate in before the 2013 NFL Draft commences on April 25.
Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (Group: 7 | Camp: DL11) and linebackers Jon Bostic (Group: 9 | Camp: LB04), Jelani Jenkins (Group: 9 | Camp: LB12) and Lerentee McCray (Group: 9 | Camp: LB20) concluded their four days at the combine on Monday by competing in the full workout (results below).
Safeties Matt Elam (Group: 10 | Camp: DB12) and Josh Evans (Group: 10 | Camp: DB13) completed their tests (results are not officially released) and participated in the bench press (results below). The duo works out and then departs on Tuesday.
Check out Monday’s results from the 2013 NFL Combine…after the break!
Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (Group: 7 | Camp: DL11)
Height: 6’2 5/8″ | Weight: 297 lbs.
Arm length: 31 3/4″ | Hand size: 10 1/8″
40-yard dash: 4.92 seconds
Vertical jump: 30.0″ | Broad jump: 106.0″
Bench press: Did not participate (unknown)
VIDEO: Combine film / interview
Overview: At the conclusion of the 2012 season, Floyd was seen by those that had not watched much of his film as a mid-to-late first-round pick. Now with the draft inching closer and closer and as both front office staff and analysts see more and more of him, Floyd is almost assured of being chosen within the top five selections in April. He can play both the three- and five-technique but is easily the best three-technique defensive tackle in the draft. Floyd is strong and incredibly quick with a fantastic motor and great football intelligence. He is one of the few players at his position that displays elite characteristics, which is exactly why scouts will be pressuring general managers to take him very early in the draft.
Strengths: Athleticism, versatility, strength, quickness, motor, balance, intelligence
Weaknesses: Stamina, experience
Linebacker Jon Bostic (Group: 9 | Camp: LB04)
Height: 6’0 7/8″ | Weight: 245 lbs.
Arm length: 33″ | Hand size: 9 5/8″
40-yard dash: 4.61 seconds (third-fastest)
20-yard shuttle: 4.24 seconds (fourth-fastest) | 60-yard shuttle: Did not participate
Three-cone drill: 6.99 seconds (fourth-fastest)
Vertical jump: 32.5″ | Broad jump: 118.0″
Bench press: 22 reps of 225 lbs.
Overview: The straw that stirred the drink that was Florida’s defense, Bostic succeeded mightily as the Gators’ starting Mike linebacker and was a leader both on the field and in the locker room. His monstrous hits and run-stopping ability helped define Florida’s tough attitude, and his natural speed allowed him to chase down running backs that broke through or ran around the line of scrimmage. Bostic is also a more than respectable coverage linebacker, an area in which many of his contemporaries fall short. He has a tendency to lead when his shoulder when tackling, which is certainly a negative but something that can be coached out of him at the next level.
Strengths: Strength / power, run-stopping, leadership, motor, intelligence
Weaknesses: Burst, shoulder-first tackling, recovery, height
Linebacker Jelani Jenkins (Group: 9 | Camp: LB12)
Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 243 lbs.
Arm length: 32 1/4″ | Hand size: 9 3/8″
Workouts: Did not participate (foot)
Bench press: 27 reps of 225 lbs. (fourth-most)
Overview: Though he left school with a year of eligibility remaining, Jenkins completed four years at Florida and felt that he could not improve much more by returning for a fifth season. Injuries limited him throughout his career and remained an issue at the combine as he did not participate in Monday’s workouts because he is still recovering from a broken foot he suffered late in the season. His value will take a hit but Jenkins could be a great surprise for whichever NFL team selects him in April.
Strengths: Athleticism, versatility, speed, burst, coverage
Weaknesses: Size, strength, injuries, hands
Linebacker Lerentee McCray (Group: 9 | Camp: LB20)
Height: 6’2″ | Weight: 250 lbs.
Arm length: 33 3/8″ | Hand size: 10″
Workouts: Did not participate (shoulder)
Bench press: Did not participate (shoulder)
Overview: According to NFL.com analyst and former scout Daniel Jeremiah, teams are higher on McCray then is being let on at this point, but he still projects to be at best a mid-round pick, probably on the third day of the event. McCray’s versatility makes him an intriguing prospect, but his injury history will certainly scare plenty of teams off. Those that keep him on their boards will be looking at a linebacker with a professional attitude who is happy playing inside or outside as long as he is on the field.
Strengths: Versatility, athleticism, length, strength, hands, hustle
Weaknesses: Injuries, stamina, agility, body shape
DAY THREE PARTICIPANTS
Safety Matt Elam (Group: 10 | Camp: DB12)
Height: 5’10” | Weight: 208 lbs.
Arm length: 32 5/8″ | Hand size: 9″
Bench press: 17 reps of 225 lbs.
NFL.com‘s Daniel Jeremiah on Elam:
Florida safety Matt Elam is an outstanding player on tape, but his lack of ideal height is a concern. He checked in at less than 5-10 (5-9 7/8) and that is an issue when you study him on tape. In the Tennessee game, tight end Mychal Rivera (6-3 1/2) caught several balls right over the top of Elam — that doesn’t bode well for his ability to match up with the elite tight ends at the next level.
Safety Josh Evans (Group: 10 | Camp: DB13)
Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 207 lbs.
Arm length: 31 7/8″ | Hand size: 10″
Bench press: Did not participate (elbow)
Player overview and workout figures will be added on Tuesday.
Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure
Tuesday – Groups 10-11