LIVE COVERAGE: 2014 NFL Draft – May 8-10

Welcome to OnlyGators.com‘s live coverage of the 2014 NFL Draft. We will be with you throughout the three-day event with live comprehensive coverage of each round.

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READING MATERIAL: Evaluations and projections of 11 Gators | Jaylen Watkins: Path to the Draft (12 Parts) | Florida Gators NFL Draft viewer’s guide

Round 1 – No. 29
Dominique Easley, DT
New England Patriots


Height: 6’2″ – Weight: 288 lbs.
Age: 22 – Class: Senior

THE CHOMP: Easley would have been selected early in the first round had it not been for his devastating knee injury ahead of the sixth game of the season, his second in four years with the Gators. A quick and explosive three-technique lineman who possesses a lightning-fast first step and terrific inside pass rush skills, he has short arms but active hands and can disrupt the backfield at time with relative ease. Easley is also relentless on the field and versatile enough to take snaps at defensive end. He is expected to be 100 percent at some point during training camp.

OGGOA REPORT: New England returns to Florida well, selecting Easley at No. 29

Round 4 – No. 101
Jaylen Watkins, CB
Philadelphia Eagles


Height: 5’11” – Weight: 194 lbs.
Age: 21 – Class: Senior

THE CHOMP: The most underrated and often overlooked of Florida’s cornerbacks, Watkins steadily improved his grade in the eyes of league scouts and coaches by performing well throughout the draft process, impressing in interviews, receiving rave reviews from the Gators coaching staff and being a trustworthy person off the field. He’s the fastest and most versatile of the three UF cornerbacks, possessing fluid hips, change-of-direction abilities and vastly improved tackling after playing safety in 2013.

OGGOA REPORT: Eagles snag Watkins in fourth at No. 101, first pick of third day

Round 5 – No. 169
Ronald Powell, LB
New Orleans Saints


Height: 6’3″ – Weight: 237 lbs.
Age: 22 – Class: Redshirt junior

THE CHOMP: Consecutive torn ACLs kept Powell from reaching his full potential and maximizing his ability in college. He missed the entire 2012 season, putting to bed what was widely expected to be a breakout campaign for the former No. 1 overall prospect coming out of high school in 2010. Used by Florida as a pass rusher at Buck linebacker, Powell can also play defensive end but will likely be slotted as an outside linebacker in the NFL. If he stays healthy, he will net a team greater value than his draft slot.

OGGOA REPORT: Saints add high-upside Powell in fifth round

Round 6 – No. 179
Jon Halapio, G
New England Patriots


Height: 6’3″ – Weight: 323 lbs.
Age: 22 – Class: Redshirt senior

THE CHOMP: A solid high-intensity lineman who entered the 2013 season projected as a second-day selection, Halapio was unable to play up to his full potential due to a torn pectoral that severely hampered his movement and effectiveness. He played 51 games and made 43 starts for Florida, starting at right guard for the last seven games of 2010, all of 2011 and 2012, and the final 10 games of 2013 after missing the first two due to his pectoral injury. Halapio may start as a reserve but could quickly develop into a starter.

OGGOA REPORT: Patriots double up on Gators by nabbing Halapio in sixth

Undrafted Free Agent
Loucheiz Purifoy, CB
Indianapolis Colts


Height: 5’11” – Weight: 190 lbs.
Age: 21 – Class: Junior

THE CHOMP: Projected to be a first-round selection before the 2013 season, Purifoy is a top-notch athlete and dynamic hitter but lacks the caliber of coverage ability that teams are searching for in a cornerback. He was expected to take a major leap during his junior campaign but did not make any significant gains. It is also believed that he became less focused on the field as losses mounted for the Gators over the course of the year. Purifoy, who declared for the draft on the field immediately after Florida’s final game of the season, has also been tagged as a major question mark off of the field with a number of transgressions on his record including suspensions and a post-season citation for possession of various drugs. He also failed to impress at the NFL Combine or Pro Day and subsequently went undrafted.

Undrafted Free Agent
Marcus Roberson, CB
St. Louis Rams


Height: 6’0″ – Weight: 191 lbs.
Age: 21 – Class: Junior

THE CHOMP: Roberson’s history of ailments (including a major neck injury in 2011 and multiple issues in 2013) was likely the greatest deterrent to teams selecting him in the draft, though low testing numbers at the NFL Combine and Pro Day, as well as some off-field concerns (team suspensions) also affected his next-level projection. When healthy, he flashes solid ball skills and coverage ability, making him an intriguing prospect despite his lack of top-end speed. Roberson also has good size and length, and his limited success as a punt returner could help fill two positions rather than one.

Undrafted Free Agent (Priority)
Solomon Patton, WR
Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Height: 5’8″ – Weight: 179 lbs.
Age: 22 – Class: Senior

THE CHOMP: A breakout senior campaign turned Patton into a legitimate NFL prospect as he combined his speed and agility with much-improved route-running and production. Patton was Florida’s leading receiver in 2013, hauling in 44 passes for 446 yards and six touchdowns. A team captain who won multiple year-end wards from the Gators including offensive MVP, Patton will also be used on end-around rushes and as a kick returner at the next level. His tremendous speed helps him reach the second level and get past defenders without much issue.

Undrafted Free Agent
Trey Burton, TE
Philadelphia Eagles


Height: 6’2″ – Weight: 224 lbs.
Age: 22 – Class: Senior

THE CHOMP: A player without a true position, Burton was used everywhere at Florida including running back, wide receiver, fullback, tight end and quarterback. Though not fast, Burton is quick and intelligent. He runs routes well, gets himself open and has good hands, too. NFL Draft analyst Tony Pauline told OnlyGators.com that Burton best projects as a move tight end or fifth receiver who can run underneath routes and play in the red zone. He can also be a special teams contributor right off the bat. His best season came as a freshman in 2010 when he combined for 107 touches, 559 yards and 12 touchdowns (11 rushing). He combined for 836 yards and seven touchdowns during his next two seasons but moved into a pass-catching role as a senior with 501 total yards and a score.

Undrafted Free Agent
Damien Jacobs, DT
Buffalo Bills


Height: 6’3″ – Weight: 296 lbs.
Age: 22 – Class: Senior

THE CHOMP: A junior college transfer, Jacobs spent two years with the Gators and became a capable player in the middle of the line. He started four of 23 games, compiling 2.5 sacks as a junior and a total of six tackles for loss during his career. Jacobs is a developmental player who will likely start his career on the practice squad.

Undrafted Free Agent
Darrin Kitchens, LB
Buffalo Bills


Height: 6’2″ – Weight: 230 lbs.
Age: 22 – Class: Senior

THE CHOMP: A four-year reserve linebacker for the Gators, Kitchens totalled 59 tackles (4.0 for loss), a forced fumble and fumble recovery during his career. He made six total starts, three as a senior in 2013, and was voted by his teammates as the winner of the Fergie Ferguson Leadership Award.

Undrafted Free Agent
Jonotthan Harrison, C
Indianapolis Colts


Height: 6’3″ – Weight: 304 lbs.
Age: 22 – Class: Redshirt senior

THE CHOMP: Undersized for the position and described by NFL Draft expert Tony Pauline as a “slug-it-out lineman” and “small-area mauler” who is “best in a phone booth,” Harrison converted to center three years ago after Mike Pouncey graduated and started all 25 games at the position over the last two seasons. He was a team captain at Florida in 2013 and one of just five players to stay healthy all year long.

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