For the seventh-straight year, OnlyGators.com begins our coverage of the eight former Florida Gators participating in the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The event, which is held for six days from Feb. 23-29, 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 2016 NFL Draft on April 28. You can check out odds for the draft and more at William Hill.
RB Kelvin Taylor (Group: 3 | Camp: RB23)
Check out Taylor’s completed combine.
DAY FOUR PARTICIPANTS
Defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard (Group 7 | DL08)
Height: 6’3″ | Weight: 285 lbs.
Arm length: 33 5/8″ | Hand size: 10″
Bench press: 23 reps of 225 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.93 seconds | Three-cone drill: 7.31 secs | 20-yard shuttle: 4.56 secs
Vertical jump: 32.0 inches | Broad jump: 116.0 inches
Notes: Bullard is as NFL ready as they come. Though he was at first resistant to moving inside and playing three technique, Bullard will now be a likely first-round pick at the position. He can rush the passer, stop the run and move linemen off their spots. Perhaps even more importantly, he’s a high-character individual who is not a vocal leader but rather one who leads by example and will not be at all a concern for the team that drafts him. He only helped himself at the combine and will likely shine in team interviews, too.
Defensive end Alex McCalister^ (Group 8 | DL37)
Height: 6’6″ | Weight: 239 lbs.
Arm length: 36″ | Hand size: 9 3/8″
Bench press: DNP
40-yard dash: 4.80 seconds | Three-cone drill: 7.01 secs | 20-yard shuttle: 4.00 secs
Ninth fastest among defensive linemen | Fourth fastest | Fastest
Vertical jump: 34.5 inches | Broad jump: 128.0 inches
Ninth highest among defensive linemen | Longest
Notes: You will hear McCalister’s name more often after his impressive combine as he was a top performer in three of the five drills in which he competed. There will also be discussions about how he’s a mixed bag, a player who did not have a ton of opportunities in college due to injury and suspension, though he vehemently denied in Indianapolis that he was dismissed from the Gators. Athleticism has never been a question mark with McCalister; rather, it has been his ability to stop the run and rush the passer within a scheme. He also has to gain a significant amount of weight and develop NFL habits, which means he will likely be drafted in the later rounds as a project for a team that believes in his potential.
Linebacker Antonio Morrison (Group 9 | LB27)
Morrison did not show up to the NFL Combine and has given no explanation for his absence. There has been no information provided at this time.
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DAY THREE PARTICIPANTS
Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III* (Group 10 | DB23)
Height: 5’10” | Weight: 204 lbs.
Arm length: 30 5/8″ | Hand size: 8 3/4″
Bench press: 15 reps of 225 pounds
Notes: To be added.
Safety Keanu Neal* (Group 11 | DB39)
Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 211 lbs.
Arm length: 32 3/4″ | Hand size: 10 5/8″
Bench press: 17 reps of 225 pounds
Notes: To be added.
^ Redshirt junior | * Junior
NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, Bench Press, Interviews
Sunday – Groups 10-11
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure
Sunday – Groups 7-9 | Monday – Groups 10-11
OnlyGators.com will offer full coverage of the NFL Combine throughout the event.