Florida CB Loucheiz Purifoy enters 2014 NFL Draft

The first current member of the Florida Gators to officially but unsurprisingly forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility, junior cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy confirmed Monday that he has decided to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

“I have had a great three years at the University of Florida, but at this time I think it’s best for me and my family to pursue a career in the NFL,’’ said Purifoy in a release from the school. “Coach [Will] Muschamp and Coach [Travaris] Robinson have put me in a position to take the next step.

“I know there is still a lot of work for me ahead, but I appreciate what everyone at Florida did to get me to this point. As much as I look forward to playing in the NFL, I will miss my teammates and coaches and look forward to watching them play next year.”

Purifoy was projected as a first-round selection in this year’s draft prior to the start of the season. After being suspended for the season opener for a violation of team rules, he had an up-and-down 2013 campaign with most of his game-changing plays occurring in three contests against Arkansas, Georgia and Florida State.

Having never intercepted a pass in his first two years, Purifoy picked off two this season, returning one for a touchdown. He also broke up seven passes, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, blocked a kick and registered two sacks. Of his 24 total tackles, 3.5 were for a total loss of 17 yards.


“There are a lot of factors that go into making these individual and personal decisions and I’m 100 percent supportive of Loucheiz’s choice to enter into the NFL Draft,” Muschamp said. “Loucheiz has come a long way from when I sat in his living room with his family during the recruiting process and he also knows his work is not done.

“We wish him nothing but the best of luck and watching him on Sundays. As we have with other former Gators, we encourage him to return to Florida and finish his degree.”

Purifoy (6-foot-0, 185-pounds) earns high marks from scouts for his athleticism, toughness and versatility. He needs to improve in coverage and tackling but has four months to work on showcasing those abilities in the time leading up to May’s draft.

He initially announced his intent to leave immediately after Florida’s 37-7 loss to Florida State on Saturday in Gainesville, FL.

Purifoy is currently ranked No. 24 on ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, Jr.’s Big Board and No. 26 on Scouts Inc. analyst Todd McShay’s Top 32.

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9 Responses to “Florida CB Loucheiz Purifoy enters 2014 NFL Draft”

  1. Luke says:

    Thanks for the time in Orange and Blue! Would be nice to see a few juniors stick around, but I understand the need to get out there and make money, plus when they get picked up, they’ll get better training and coaching. Go Gators!

  2. G2 says:

    The problem for UF is we won’t play for any championships until we can keep our seniors on board. This years team would have been so different with Floyd, Elam, Jenkins, and Reed. Can’t blame him for leaving after the year we’ve had.

  3. gatorboi352 says:

    Can’t knock the guy for wanting to get paid. I’d do the same thing. It’s the bonehead draft “experts” that should be to blame for thinking he’s 1st or 2nd round material.

    • Daniel M. says:

      The offensive interference non-call aside, Kelvin Benjamin swatted Purifoy around like a pinball. The Calvin Johnsons of the world won’t be so kind to Lou.

      • Champ supporter says:

        And how many Calvin Johnson’s are there? Come on now, that guy is a once in a lifetime talent!

    • G2 says:

      You are right, he played great last year then the hype starts. That was a great int but was getting beat all day. Think he’s a 3-4 round guy based on play this year. Hope Roberson stays, otherwise we are back in a rebuilding mode in the secondary.

  4. g8ter27 says:

    I agree Luke…I love all those guys but I think he kind of sucked at times this year…sure hope getting beat several times against FSU doesn’t hurt his stock.

  5. SWFL Joe says:

    This decision was may some time ago. He saw what happened to Driskel and Easley and said if that is going to happen to me, I want to get paid for it. Can’t say that I blame him.

  6. Jesse says:

    Big mistake on his part IMO. We won’t miss him as long as we keep Roberson and Hargraves.