Four Florida Gators – Morrison, Robinson, Taylor, McCalister – picked on day three of 2016 NFL Draft

By Adam Silverstein
April 30, 2016
Four Florida Gators – Morrison, Robinson, Taylor, McCalister – picked on day three of 2016 NFL Draft

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The third day of the 2016 NFL Draft started fast but slowed down in a major way for Florida Gators looking to be picked with four players eventually being selected from Rounds 4-7 on Saturday.

Linebacker Antonio Morrison and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson kicked things off in the fourth round, going back-to-back with picks No. 125 and 126 overall.

Morrison became the first Florida player selected by the Indianapolis Colts since fellow linebacker Mike Peterson in 1999, while Robinson was the first Gators player picked by the Kansas City Chiefs since defensive end Darren Mickell in 1992.

Though players from the same program being drafted with consecutive picks is unlikely, it is far from rare, especially for Florida. Morrison and Robinson were the first Gators to go back-to-back since Jermaine Cunningham and Carlos Dunlap in 2010, but they were also the sixth UF pair to earn the distinction. Dallas Baker and DeShawn Wynn went with consecutive picks (227-228) in 2007, Reggie Green and Chris Doering (184-185) in 1996, Robert Morgan and Alvin Cowans (252-253) in 1997, and Sammy Green and Jimmy DuBose (29-30) in 1976.

Florida then went without a fifth-round pick for the first time since 2008 and waited well into the sixth round for running back Kelvin Taylor to have his name called at No. 211 overall by the San Francisco 49ers. The day ended with defensive end Alex McCalister, who left the Gators with eligibility remaining, going No. 240 overall to the Philadelphia Eagles.


  1. Michael Jones says:

    Hey, Driskel bashers, guess who got drafted by the San Francisco 49ers? Just sayin. . .

    • South Bleachers says:

      They also drafted Reggie McGrew who never played a game for them. They drafted Jim Druckenmiller who was a colossal bust. Taking a supplemental player at the conclusion of the draft doesn’t give anybody reason to raise a victory flag. Your continual small man syndrome is characterized by “me against anyone that disagrees with me.” Nobody is out to get you Small Man. They just point out your folly and you blow a fuse. Your brown nosing of SEC 4-4 Mullen and nastiness towards those not in favor of him is an example of your muted intellect. Nobody gives a flying crap that Jeff “half second slow decision maker” Driskel was picked up with the last pick in the 6th round. Unlikely that he even makes the squad. In the unlikely event that he ever does call a Sunday signal, his slow motor will get him crushed by NFL rushers. But yeah, he was drafted so everybody has egg on their face….clown.

      • Michael Jones says:

        That’s a lot of writing and a lot of hate for something that supposedly no one cares about. Not everybody has egg on their face. Just venom-spewing blowhards like you. Thanks for making my point.

        Oh, and I’m 6’4” and 235 pounds of pure manhood and muscle, internet tough guy.

        Stay classy, South Bleachers.

  2. AJ says:

    In fairness, he was terrible in his last year at UF. That Mizzou game was one of the worst I have ever seen.

    • Michael Jones says:

      Two things. One, he was never coached on how to play QB at the D I level until he got to La Tech. The fact that he had the senior season he had at La Tech, and the fact that the 49ers saw fit to draft him, proves that he was good enough if he had received decent coaching.

      Two, even if he WAS terrible, he didn’t deserve the way we treated him (“we” meaning Gator Nation. . not you and me). Treon Harris was worse than Driskel plenty of times and by a lot, but to this day I’ve never seen the vitriol directed at him that was directed at Driskel. Not that I think that Harris or any other player, including Driskel, would ever deserve to be treated that way. It was a disgrace to treat a kid like Driskel the way Gator Nation treated him. And poor play didn’t justify it.

      Ironically, if Muschamp had stuck with him and somebody had coached him up a little bit, Muschamp would have probably kept his job. . and we would have beaten FSU the last two years.

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