Florida Gators at 2014 NFL Combine: Tuesday

For the fifth-straight year, OnlyGators.com continues our coverage of the eight former Florida Gators participating in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.

The event, which is held for six days from Feb. 19-25, 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 a major job interview for these athletes to participate in ahead of the start of the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8.

Defensive backs Loucheiz Purifoy* (Group: 11 | Camp: DB44), Marcus Roberson* (Group: 11 | Camp: DB48) and Jaylen Watkins (Group: 11 | Camp: DB58) concluded their combine experience on Tuesday with the full workout, though Watkins only participated in one event.

* Junior

Check out Tuesday’s results from the 2014 NFL Combine…after the break!

FOURTH-DAY PARTICIPANTS

Defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy* (Group: 11 | Camp: DB44)
Height: 5’11″ | Weight: 190 lbs.
Arm length: 32 3/4″ | Hand size: 8 1/2″

Bench press: 6 reps of 225 lbs. (fewest)
40-yard dash: 4.61 seconds
Three-cone drill / 20-yard shuttle: Did not participate
Vertical jump: 35.5 inches
Broad jump: 120.0 inches

Overview: Praised for his athleticism and ability to play multiple positions, Purifoy is a raw prospect who lacks in a number of areas including distinctiveness and football IQ. He is not a pure cover corner but makes up for some of his deficiencies with his athleticism, high energy and top-notch motor. Purifoy can also return kicks and serve as a gunner on special teams. His upside is too high to take him late, which means Purifoy will likely go on the second day of the draft unless a team becomes enamored with his potential.
Strengths: Athleticism, fluidity, hips, playmaking ability, energy, competitiveness,
Weaknesses: Intelligence, strength, power, size, instincts, anticipation, technique, off-field concerns

Defensive back Marcus Roberson* (Group: 11 | Camp: DB48)
Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 191 lbs.
Arm length: 31″ | Hand size: 9 1/4″

Bench press: 8 reps of 225 lbs. (tied: second-fewest)
40-yard dash: 4.61 seconds
Three-cone drill: 6.84 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.08 seconds
Vertical jump: 37.5 inches
Broad jump: 120.0 inches

Overview: After matching a Florida record with 12 pass breakups in 2012, Roberson hardly saw the field during his junior season, missing half of the games due to injuries and a suspension for violation of team rules. Considered a top cover corner with fluid movements and knack for playing on the outside – plus experience as a punt returner – Roberson will likely be selected late in the first round or early on the second day.
Strengths: Size, length, fluidity, hips, transitions, quickness, ball skills
Weaknesses: Strength, speed, anticipation, instincts, tackling, durability, off-field concerns

Defensive back Jaylen Watkins (Group: 11 | Camp: DB58)
Height: 5’11″ | Weight: 194 lbs.
Arm length: 30 5/8″ | Hand size: 9 5/8″

Bench press: 22 reps of 225 lbs. (tied: third-most)
40-yard dash: 4.41 seconds (fifth-fastest)
Three-cone drill / 20-yard shuttle: Did not participate (Achilles)
Vertical jump / broad jump: Did not participate (Achilles)

Overview: Versatile and intelligent, Watkins has been severely underrated throughout his career. He moved to safety to help his team win football games in 2013 but is primarily a cornerback and nickel corner who is fluid, speedy and adaptable. Watkins is also mature and displays good leadership both on and off the field. He can match-up with a variety of receivers and proved at the Senior Bowl that he has quality cover skills. After showing out at the combine and impressing teams in interviews, he should be a very early second-day selection.
Strengths: Versatility, speed, strength, fluidity, hips, playmaking ability, leadership, maturity
Weaknesses: Size, length, transitioning, tackling (improved)

COMPLETED

Saturday: Guard Jon Halapio, center Jonotthan Harrison, tight end Trey Burton

Monday: Defensive tackle Dominique Easley, linebacker Ronald Powell

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3 Responses to “Florida Gators at 2014 NFL Combine: Tuesday”

  1. Gatoralum88 says:

    I think Jaylen made himself some money today (5th fastest time & 3rd best bench)!…even more reps than Clowney! I also find it interesting that Purifoy & Roberson were the 2 weakest corners on the bench. C’mon Dishman! I’ve seen the weight room. Your boys have to do better than that!

    • G2 says:

      Had no idea he was that strong or that fast. Purifoy and Roberson are both rangy, needed to put on more size. Don’t know how that will translate in the NFL.

  2. Jpitts says:

    Jaylen ran the best time for any sec defender. Speed.

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