2018 NFL Draft tracker: Florida Gators draft picks, full analysis, history

By Adam Silverstein
April 26, 2018
2018 NFL Draft tracker: Florida Gators draft picks, full analysis, history

Welcome to OnlyGators.com‘s live coverage of the 2018 NFL Draft. Thanks for visiting and be sure to stop by throughout the event.

Check out the Florida Gators‘ entire 2018 draft class below and be sure to click off the individual links for more complete information about each drafted player.

Round 1

Round 1 – No. 29
Taven Bryan, DT
Jacksonville Jaguars

Height: 6’5″ | Weight: 291 lbs.
Age: 22 | Class: Redshirt junior

The Chomp: This marks the sixth straight year and 11th time in the last 12 years that Florida has seen a player selected in the first round of the draft. Bryan enters a tremendous situation right off the bat as Jacksonville possesses one of the top defensive lines in the NFL. He will likely be able to start as a rotational player seeing 50 percent of downs as he works his way into the starting lineup.

Round 2

Round 2 – No. 56
Duke Dawson, CB
New England Patriots

Height: 5’11” | Weight: 197 lbs.
Age: 22 | Class: Junior

The Chomp: Dawson’s selection marks the third straight year that Florida has seen two or more defensive players picked inside the first three rounds of the draft, and he’s also the sixth Gators defensive back selected over the last three drafts. Whether Dawson starts right away in New England is of little issue because he’s going to play significant snaps in Week 1. Dawson is a versatile player who can succeed covering in man and zone, and he’s a willing tackler who is capable of attacking the line fo scrimmage to stop the run. Though he does not have top-tier size or speed, his instincts and ball skills make up for the numerical deficiencies.

Round 4

Round 4 – No. 105
Antonio Callaway, WR
Cleveland Browns

Height: 5’11” | Weight: 200 lbs.
Age: 21 | Class: Junior

The Chomp: For the second straight year, the Browns pick up a Gators player with character concerns who fell in the draft. After taking defensive tackle Caleb Brantley a year ago, Cleveland picks up Callaway, who had so many red flags throughout college that they continued into the draft process and had a number of teams take him off their board completely. Callaway has admitted to failing a drug test at the NFL combine, which is just the latest in a string of drug-related issues he has faced throughout his college career. Of course, Callaway was infamously suspended for the entire 2017 season after being involved in widespread credit card fraud. He had also previously been accused of — but not charged with — sexual assault, and one of his drug citations occurred while he was in a vehicle with a adult career criminal. Callaway was also once pulled over for going 30 mph above the speed limit while driving with a suspended license. Apparently these red flags did not concern Cleveland. Callaway nevertheless decided to declare for the draft early, and though many thought he would go undrafted, he now has a home with the Browns, which are similarly looking to rehabilitate Josh Gordon. There’s no question that Callaway is a top-45 talent, but this is a massive risk nonetheless for the Browns.

Round 5

Round 5 – No. 173
Johnny Townsend, P
Oakland Raiders

Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 210 lbs.
Age: 22 | Class: Redshirt senior

The Chomp: The best punter in Florida football history becomes the first drafted since Ray Criswell in 1986. It also marks the second straight year Oakland has picked a UF player after selecting offensive tackle David Sharpe one year ago. Townsend has an exceedingly strong leg and tremendous accuracy. With the Raiders getting rid of their starting Pro Bowl punter from a year ago, he should be expected to start in Week 1 of the 2018 season.

Round 6

Round 6 – No. 184
Marcell Harris, S
San Francisco 49ers

Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 216 lbs.
Age: 22 | Class: Redshirt senior

The Chomp: Harris missed the entire 2017 season with a torn Achilles, but when he played in 2016, it looked like he was on his way to becoming a Day 2 draft pick. Harris has NFL size and strength,but his speed leaves something to be desired. He should be able to contribute on special teams immediately, but first he’s going to need to prove he’s healthy and able to make the 53-man active roster.


Undrafted free agent
Eddy Pineiro, K
Oakland Raiders

Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 185 lbs.
Age: 22 | Class: Redshirt junior

Undrafted free agent
Nick Washington, DB
Oakland Raiders

Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 202 lbs.
Age: 22 | Class: Redshirt senior

Undrafted free agent
DeAndre Goolsby, TE
Detroit Lions

Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 240 lbs.
Age: 22 | Class: Senior

Undrafted free agent
Brandon Powell, WR
Detroit Lions

Height: 5’8″ | Weight: 181 lbs.
Age: 22 | Class: Redshirt senior

Undrafted free agent
Joseph Putu
Atlanta Falcons

Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 191 lbs.
Age: 22 | Class: Senior

RB Mark Thompson, QB Malik Zaire

The last time …

By position
QB – 2010 (Tim Tebow)
RB – 2016 (Kelvin Taylor)
WR – 2018 (Antonio Callaway)
TE – 2013 (Jordan Reed)
OT – 2017 (David Sharpe)
OG – 2015 (Trenton Brown)
C – 2015 (Max Garcia)
DT – 2018 (Taven Bryan)
DE – 2016 (Jonathan Bullard, Alex McCalister)
LB – 2017 (Jarrad Davis, Alex Anzalone)
CB – 2018 (Duke Dawson)
S – 2018 (Marcell Harris)
K – 2013 (Caleb Sturgis)
P – 2018 (Johnny Townsend)

By team
Arizona Cardinals – 2015 (OT D.J. Humphries)
Atlanta Falcons – 2016 (S Keanu Neal)
Baltimore Ravens – 2013 (S Matt Elam)
Buffalo Bills – 1978 (DE Scott Hutchinson)
Carolina Panthers – N/A (N/A)
Chicago Bears – 2016 (DE Jonathan Bullard)
Cincinnati Bengals – 2010 (DE Carlos Dunlap)
Cleveland Browns – 2018 (WR Antonio Callaway)
Dallas Cowboys – 2017 (DT Joey Ivie)
Denver Broncos – 2015 (C Max Garcia)
Detroit Lions – 2017 (LB Jarrad Davis, CB Jalen Tabor)
Green Bay Packers – 2007 (RB DeShawn Wynn)
Houston Texans – 2002 (WR Jabar Gaffney)
Indianapolis Colts – 2017 (CB Quincy Wilson)
Jacksonville Jaguars – 2018 (DT Taven Bryan)
Kansas City Chiefs – 2016 (WR Demarcus Robinson)
Los Angeles Rams – 1990 (WR Tony Lomack) / St. Louis Rams – 2012 (CB Janoris Jenkins)
Miami Dolphins – 2013 (LB Jelani Jenkins, RB Mike Gillislee, K Caleb Sturgis)
Minnesota Vikings – 2013 (DT Sharrif Floyd)
New England Patriots – 2018 (CB Duke Dawson)
New Orleans Saints – 2017 (LB Alex Anzalone)
New York Giants – 2001 (QB Jesse Palmer)
New York Jets – 2017 (S Marcus Maye)
Oakland Raiders – 2018 (P Johnny Townsend)
Philadelphia Eagles – 2016 (DE Alex McCalister)
Pittsburgh Steelers – 2012 (RB Chris Rainey)
San Diego Chargers – 2007 (LB Brandon Siler)
San Francisco 49ers – 2018 (S Marcell Harris)
Seattle Seahawks – 2012 (DE Jaye Howard)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 2016 (CB Vernon Hargreaves III)
Tennessee Titans – 2007 (CB Ryan Smith)
Washington – 2015 (RB Matt Jones)

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