Florida Gators lose offensive stars RB Kelvin Taylor, WR Demarcus Robinson to 2016 NFL Draft

By Adam Silverstein
December 21, 2015

The Florida Gators will lose two offensive starters to the 2016 NFL Draft as juniors running back Kelvin Taylor and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson have decided to forego their final year of eligibility, head coach Jim McElwain confirmed Monday.

“Yeah,” McElwain said when asked if the players would be declaring. The coach later added that both were “doing a great job” in practice ahead of the bowl game.

Update: Following McElwain’s announcement, Robinson sent a tweet in which he said he has not declared for the NFL Draft. This story will be updated when there is a resolution to the matter.

Taylor, who has scored 13 rushing touchdowns and is approaching 1,000 yards, had a breakout season for the Gators and is likely trying to strike while the iron is hot. A low-mileage running back, Taylor has plenty of tread left on the tires and has been relatively healthy throughout his career at Florida.

Though Robinson has earned praise from McElwain for taking a big step forward maturity-wise, he has still been suspended twice this season and has now been punished four times over the course of his career. Simply put, Robinson has not been worth the headaches he’s caused the program due to what remains a lack of maturity, and though he’s blocked well throughout his career, he still has a long way to go as a receiver.

McElwain also announced that redshirt junior defensive end Alex McCalister will declare for the draft. A report Saturday noted that McCalister had been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules.

Taylor and Robinson will both play for Florida against Michigan in the 2016 Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, 2016.

Though he has not officially declared, junior cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III announced following the SEC Championship Game that he is likely to continue his career in the NFL.

Photo Credit: Stephen B. Morton/Associated Press


  1. KarVer says:

    Not a big surprise

  2. 1974Gator says:

    It would have been nice to see Kelvin run behind a better 2016 O line. Best of luck Bubba.

  3. g8ter27 says:

    Like Kelvin a lot but I don’t think either make an NFL roster next year.

  4. BRLgator says:

    Cant blame taylor for striking while the iron is hot but I also cant see him being better than a 5th round pick.

    DROB will get a rude awakening in the NFL when his physical gifts alone wont be good enough.

    McCalister is a beast on the edge and will probably get some pass rushing snaps in the NFL early on but he needs to add bulk and some more pass rushing moves. The rip and dip edge move wont be enough against NFL Tackles.

    • 1974Gator says:

      The iron is not hot kelvin. He could definitely use another year of school and building his rushing totals. I’d say he is getting some bad advice. Why would Fred do that? It doesn’t really bother me because we have a lot of good RB talent on our roster. Maybe he sees a tough competition for the starting job ahead. I just hate to watch him deal with the bad advice after it’s too late. Hope I’m wrong.

  5. Spuntly says:

    All I can do is laugh at this headline. It is very funny. Of all the players who might’ve entered the draft early, these are the last two names I expected to see. I wouldn’t draft either one of them if they said they would play for free. Both of those kids could use another (more productive) year in college. I was happy about getting KT back as a senior next year. Although these are very poor decisions in my opinion, I wish them luck, because they are going to need it to even get drafted.

  6. dgbkgator says:

    A lot of yall seem bitter as far as Taylor’s decision. Did you want him to come back and stunt or rbs growth by getting 20+ carries a game? Or come back and be unhappy and not increase his stock because he is sharing carries? Gators will have 3 rbs on their roster who have played on the college lvl before spring practice scarlett Cronkite and thompson.

    The same need another season comments where made about matt jones last bowl/off season. There is nothing jones could of done to improve his status higher then 3rd round. If taylor came back and carried the ball 400 times for 2000 yd and was invited to nyc for the heisman he still will probably be a 6th rd pick. There is nothing taylor can do to sneak into the 1st round. Running backs arent valued might as well start his pro career when he can. Him returning might help the team next year but that’s it. Running backs should leave as soon as they’re eligible and some what healthy. Derrick henry is projected to be a 3rd or 4th round pick should he come back to improve his stock as well?

    • 1974Gator says:

      I agree that IF Kelvin gets drafted it will be in the late rounds. According to your logic if an rb hasn’t made all conference or been nominated for a Heisman he’s washed up. Btw, Derek Henry goes in the first 10 picks.

  7. Michael Jones says:

    Robinson is scared to death of contact at the college level. His most spectacular moves occur during his desperate mad dashes to get out of bounds before a DB can put a helmet on him. How in the heck is a guy with that mentality going to play NFL football?

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