Eight Florida Gators invited to 2014 NFL Combine

By Adam Silverstein
February 6, 2014

Updated on Friday at 9:00 p.m.

The official list of invitees was released by National Football Scouting on Friday, and eight former Florida Gators have officially been invited to participate in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.

The event, which is held for six days from Feb. 19-25, consists of more than 300 players being put through a series of drills, tests and interviews while more than 600 NFL personnel in attendance (including coaching staffs, executives, player personnel and medical staffs) look on and evaluate each of them. It amounts to a major job interview for these athletes to participate in ahead of the start of the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8.

The eight former Gators student-athletes invited to the NFL Combine include:

Tight end Lawrence (Trey) Burton – Group: 3 | Camp: TE03
Offensive lineman Jonathan (Jon) Halapio – Group: 1 | Camp: OL12
Offensive lineman Jonotthan Harrison – Group: 1 | Camp: OL13
Defensive tackle Dominique Easley** – Group: 7 | Camp: DL09
Linebacker Ronald Powell* – Group: 9 | Camp: LB23
Defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy* – Group: 11 | Camp: DB44
Defensive back Marcus Roberson* – Group: 11 | Camp: DB48
Defensive back Jaylen Watkins – Group: 11 | Camp: DB58

* Junior
** Easley (torn ACL) will not participate in the NFL Combine.

Notable names apparently left off the invite list include: wide receiver Solomon Patton, DT Damien Jacobs, LB Darrin Kitchens and OL Kyle Koehne.

Read about each player’s day-to-day schedule in Indianapolis after the jump!

Travel, Registration, Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews
Wednesday – Groups 1-3 | Thursday – Groups 4-6
Friday – Groups 7-9 | Saturday – Groups 10-11

Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media, Interviews
Thursday – Groups 1-3 | Friday – Groups 4-6
Saturday – Groups 7-9 | Sunday – Groups 10-11

NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, Bench Press, Interviews
Friday – Groups 1-3 | Saturday – Groups 4-6
Sunday – Groups 7-9 | Monday – Groups 10-11

On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure
Saturday – Groups 1-3 | Sunday – Groups 4-6
Monday – Groups 7-9 | Tuesday – Groups 10-11

OnlyGators.com will offer full coverage of the NFL Combine throughout the event.


  1. cline says:

    Good for Burton, I was a little concerned he would be passed over and not given a legit look. He could contribute somehow on some team.

  2. aziatic41 says:

    Solomon Patton should have recieved an invite. He was the most productive player for our offense last year. He’s very fast and explosive and is tough as nails. I think he can succeed in the NFL as a slot WR or KR/PR. Last season he had 44 catches for 556yds and 6tds, and did that without any consistent QB play in an anemic run-based offense (in the SEC.) This kid can play!

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