Gators SS Ahmad Black falls to Tampa Bay at No. 151 overall in fifth round of 2011 NFL Draft

By Adam Silverstein
April 30, 2011

Round 5 – No. 20 (151 overall)
Ahmad Black, SS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Height: 5’10” – Weight: 184 lbs.
Age: 21 – Class: Senior

Arguably the Florida Gators most valuable starter in 2010 and perhaps the most talented player coming out of Gainesville, FL this year, strong safety Ahmad Black was selected Saturday afternoon by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 20th pick in the fifth round (No. 151 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Chosen late in the process due to concerns about his size (5’10” 184 lbs.) and speed (4.74-second 40-yard dash), Black has proven over his four-year college career that he has every other attribute necessary to be successful at the next level. He is tough, durable, smart and can sniff out passes with the best of them.

“I’ve done a lot, a lot, a lot. And people always doubted me about my size,” he told the Orlando Sentinel on Saturday. “Definitely, that’s one of the biggest reasons. As frustrating as it is, I’ve just got to live with that.”

Black is the second Florida safety drafted in as many seasons. Major Wright was chosen in the third round with the 75th overall pick by the Chicago Bears in 2010.

He joins former Gators running back Earnest Graham on Tampa Bay and is the ninth Florida player selected all-time by the franchise. The Buccaneers last picked offensive tackle Kenyatta Walker with the No. 14 overall pick in 2001.

A Tampa Bay fan growing up, Black also has an aunt who was previously a cheerleader for the team. His last collegiate game – the 2011 Outback Bowl – was played in Raymond James Stadium. Black won the contest for the Gators with a game-sealing 80-yard interception return for a touchdown. He was named the Most Valuable Player.

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5 Comments

  1. Mr2Bits says:

    Bucs are absolutely KILLING it in the draft this year. Let all the morons bumble over the half ass QB’s available while players like Black and Bowers fall to them.

  2. g8ter27 says:

    what about Hill? Ahhhhhhhhhh heelllllllllll naaahhhhhh!!!!! ha!

  3. Basshole says:

    As a Bucs fan, I love this pick

  4. SaraGator says:

    Bucs got a steal in Black!

    Ahmad: just do your thing and make everybody regret their decision.

  5. TX_Gator says:

    The Bucs made out like bandits here! Biased and myopic I might be, but I consider this the steal of draft. The best DB produced by UF in over a decade. All that for a guy Urban said would never play.

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