Florida Gators 2015 NFL Draft tracker, full recap

Welcome to OnlyGators.com‘s live coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft, which is emanating from Chicago from Thursday, April 30 to Saturday, May 2. We will be with you throughout the event with live comprehensive coverage of each round.

Follow along with us on Twitter @OnlyGators and check this page often for the latest updates information every time a former Florida Gators player is drafted.

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The 2015 NFL Draft continues on Saturday at 12 p.m. Watch it live on NFL Network.

Round 1 – No. 3
Dante Fowler Jr., DE/OLB
Jacksonville Jaguars


Height: 6’3″ – Weight: 261 lbs.
Age: 20 – Class: Junior

The Chomp: Impressive on and off the field during his college career, at the NFL Combine and in team interviews, Fowler did nothing but steadily improve his stock over the last year. His tremendous athleticism and versatility, coupled with NFL size, speed, strength, character and smarts made Fowler the top edge rusher available in the draft. He can stand up or play with his hand in the dirt, rush off the edge or tackle in the open field. His feet and hips are top-tier, and he also has great length to shed blockers and make his way to the quarterback. Fowler will need to continue his development at the next level but has an extremely high ceiling; if he can touch it, he could emerge as one of the league’s best defensive players. Fowler joins Steve Spurrier (1967), Wes Chandler (1978) and Gerard Warren (2011) as the highest-drafted Florida player in the event’s history, going off the board with the No. 3 overall pick on Thursday.

OnlyGators.com Report: Jaguars nab Fowler with No. 3 overall pick, continuing trend of selecting Gators

Round 1 – No. 24
D.J. Humphries, OT
Arizona Cardinals


Height: 6’5″ – Weight: 307 lbs.
Age: 21 – Class: Junior

The Chomp: Humphries declaring for the draft surprised some due to his level of production with the Gators, but he was quickly recognized by analysts as one of the top offensive tackles available and was soon given a first-round grade. Since leaving Florida, Humphries has gained 23 pounds; the increase in size calmed a lot of concerns held by many scouts and front office executives. He is seen as rough and tough with an edge, but Humphries – though he’s shown flashes of dominance – also appears to take plays off at times. There is plenty of room for development with Humphries as his athleticism and newfound mass have many enamored with his potential.

OnlyGators.com Report: Humphries makes it two Gators in the first round

Round 3 – No. 91
Chaz Green, OL
Dallas Cowboys


Height: 6’5″ – Weight: 314 lbs.
Age: 23 – Class: Redshirt senior

The Chomp: The first Florida player drafted by Dallas since 1994, Green has been derailed by injuries throughout his career, but he displayed improved health in 2014 and convinced teams that his prior ailments were not an issue entering the draft. Green displays top-notch footwork and has proved to be good in pass protection. Possessing a high football IQ, great demeanor and solid character, Green was able to play both sides of the line for the Gators, which spoke to his versatility for the next level where he can play either tackle or guard. He is most likely better suited for zone blocking schemes, which the Cowboys utilize.

OnlyGators.com Report: Two Gators go to the NFC East on day two of the NFL Draft

Round 3 – No. 95
Matt Jones, RB
Washington


Height: 6’2″ – Weight: 231 lbs.
Age: 22 – Class: Redshirt junior

The Chomp: Jones was not expected to be drafted before day three, but he brings plenty to the table with size, strength and some quickness for his body type. The type of player who can be used on short-yardage and goal line packages as his floor in the NFL, Jones also has soft hands and would be a solid back-up at the next level. Though Jones never reached his full potential with the Gators, in large part due to injury, he did a very good – possibly overlooked – job in pass protection that undoubtedly showed up when scouts viewed his film throughout the draft process.

OnlyGators.com Report: Two Gators go to the NFC East on day two of the NFL Draft

Round 4 – No. 133
Max Garcia, C/G
Denver Broncos


Height: 6’4″ – Weight: 309 lbs.
Age: 22 – Class: Redshirt senior

The Chomp: Character, consistency and versatility are Garcia’s greatest attributes as he was well-liked as a member of the Gators and the team’s most reliable offensive lineman. He proved that he could play any of the five positions as needed during his two seasons at Florida. Though not a top talent, mostly due to his stiffness and inconsistent footwork, Garcia’s ceiling was early on day three, and he should make a 53-man roster as a do-everything lineman and back-up center.

OnlyGators.com Report: Four Gators picked on day three

Round 5 – No. 161
Neiron Ball, OLB
Oakland Raiders


Height: 6’2″ – Weight: 236 lbs.
Age: 23 – Class: Redshirt senior

The Chomp: Deciding not to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine workout in order to maximize his time recovering from microfracture surgery he had in November, Ball was unable to showcase himself physically at the event but did so in subsequent workouts. Where he succeeded at the combine was in the interview room, which comes as no surprise to those that follow Florida football. Ball’s athleticism, toughness, resiliency and coverage ability are all pluses that not only make him a solid linebacker but also a great special teams competitor. He rebounded from a rare hereditary condition that required brain surgery and forced him to miss a full season and got better and better before getting injured again.

OnlyGators.com Report: Four Gators picked on day three

Round 7 – No. 221
Andre Debose, WR
Oakland Raiders


Height: 6’0″ – Weight: 190 lbs.
Age: 23 – Class: Redshirt senior

The Chomp: Hailed as the “next Percy Harvin” despite never wanting that moniker, Debose’s career at Florida was derailed early on by injury; subsequent ailments resulted in him spending six seasons in Gainesville. Debose simply never lived up to his potential despite displaying tremendous athleticism, especially as a returner where he holds the school record (and tied the SEC record) with four career kick return touchdowns. Debose only started eight of the 42 games he played with the Gators, picking up 543 receiving yards and four touchdowns (all scores during the 2011 campaign). He averaged 26.7 yards per kick return and 12.4 yards per punt return, and he will most likely be used as a special teamer and fifth wideout at the next level.

OnlyGators.com Report: Four Gators picked on day three

Round 7 – No. 244
Trenton Brown, OL
San Francisco 49ers


Height: 6’8″ – Weight: 355 lbs.
Age: 22 – Class: Senior

The Chomp: Brown’s mass is an obvious positive, but he is relatively stiff and lacks the athleticism many analysts believe is necessary to compete as an every-down player. He was also inconsistent while at Florida, dominant at times and easily beaten on other occasions. He is a size play; the coaching staff will look to coach him up and develop him over the course of a year or two, one of which may be spent on a practice squad.

OnlyGators.com Report: Four Gators picked on day three

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