Florida Gators in the NFL, 2015-16 season: Three players advance to Super Bowl 50

The 2015-16 NFL season is nearly over, and it will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 7 with Super Bowl 50, in which the Florida Gators will be represented by three players on one of the two remaining teams.

Overall, six former Florida players were on the rosters of teams that played in the Conference Championship Round over the weekend. That’s down from 11 in the Divisional Round and 18 that started the postseason on NFL rosters during the Wild Card Round.

Below is a look at the Gators moving on to Super Bowl 50 and those that fell in the Conference Championships. Teams and players in blue have advanced to Super Bowl 50.

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Florida Gators in the NFL: Six advance to 2015-16 Conference Championship games

The 2015-16 NFL season has been an exciting one for former Florida Gators in the league, and it will continue during Conference Championship game action next week with six Gators representing three of the four teams hoping for an opportunity to play in Super Bowl 50.

Overall, 11 former Florida players were on the rosters of teams that played in Divisional Round games over the weekend. That’s down from the 18 that started the postseason on NFL rosters as seven were eliminated in the Wild Card Round.

Below is a look at the Gators moving on to the next round and those that have fallen along the way. Teams and players in blue have advanced to the Conference Championships.

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: 2015 — Week 1

The 2015 NFL regular season began this week with 38 former Florida Gators spread out over 21 of the 32 teams in the league.

Fifteen teams have multiple Florida players on their rosters entering the season including Denver and Pittsburgh (three each); Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington (two each).

Below are full updates on all the players on official NFL rosters.

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Former Florida Gators in the NFL: Breakdown of 2015 preseason Weeks 3 and 4, cuts

The 2015 NFL preseason – and final cuts for teams – concluded Sunday with 38 former Florida Gators spread out over 21 of the 32 teams in the league.

Fifteen teams have multiple Florida players on their rosters entering the season including Denver and Pittsburgh (three each); Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington (two each).

Below are full updates on all the players that were on NFL rosters over the final two weeks of the preseason.

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Silver Lining for May 20: Updates on Florida Gators in the NFL; farewell to David Letterman

Get them to sign on the line which is dotted

Three weeks have passed since the 2015 NFL Draft and Florida Gators have spent the time signing rich contracts to play professional football.

The most notable deal struck to this point was that between No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler Jr. and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite the defensive end suffering a season-ending torn ACL in his very first NFL practice and signing an injury waiver, the Jaguars did not force offset language into his contract and still inked him to a four-year, $23.5 million fully-guaranteed deal with a $15.3 million signing bonus. Fowler will bring home $4.27 million this season without stepping foot on the field.

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Arizona Cardinals select Florida Gators OT D.J. Humphries with No. 24 pick of 2015 NFL Draft

An athletic lineman who raised his stock significantly over the last few months, Florida Gators offensive tackle D.J. Humphries was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 24 overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday evening.

Humphries, an early entrant whose draft declaration came as a surprise to some due to his level of production with the Gators, was quickly recognized by analysts as one of the top offensive tackles available in the draft and soon given a first-round grade. Since leaving Florida, Humphries has gained 23 pounds with the increase in size calming a lot of concerns held by scouts and front office executives.

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Evaluating Florida Gators ahead of 2015 NFL Draft

Despite being incredibly busy during the week of the 2015 NFL Draft, longtime analyst Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net sat down with OnlyGators.com on Sunday afternoon for a wide-ranging look at the Florida Gators who could be selected Thursday-Saturday at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

Pauline evaluated most of the 22 Florida players available in the draft and even provided projections for each prospect including many who may not be selected from April 30-May 2 but rather picked up as undrafted free agents.

“The talent Florida is showcasing in this draft is a bit top-heavy but there are plenty of players who could make NFL rosters and succeed in the league, which really points to how bad the coaching and quarterback play was in Gainesville,” Pauline said of the overall crop of prospects. “I think the Gators have a solid class, and the fans that wanted the coach fired, this just adds fuel to their argument.”

Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr.
Projection: Round 1, Picks 3-6
Analysis: “He’s a top-six player, likely to Washington, maybe to the Jets, possibly to Jacksonville. He’s a great pass rusher; he’s a terrific athlete. He’s an intense, very explosive and sudden player. I like the fact that even though he is undersized, he was never overwhelmed at the point of attack. He struggled against the run at times but when you’re a shorter, smaller defensive end, that’s going to happen. I think he’ll be fine as a 3-4 outside linebacker, maybe a one-gap end, although he’s going to have to learn to protect himself better and to defend the run at the next level. I love his intensity. He’s not just a guy who is a natural-ability guy. He got by on natural ability but also never stopped coming.”

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Florida Gators DE Dante Fowler Jr., OT D.J. Humphries to attend NFL Draft in Chicago

The NFL announced Tuesday evening that two former Florida Gators football players are among the top 26 prospects that have agreed to attend the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and offensive tackle D.J. Humphries will be live at the NFL Draft when it returns to Chicago for the first time since 1964.

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