Published January 3, 2013 - 9:30am
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Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and safety Matt Elam both declared for the NFL Draft after last night’s loss in the Sugar Bowl. Both were expected to jump to the next level, and their announcement came last night via Gatorcountry.
Floyd was a force in the middle for Florida in ’12, and he’ll be a force at the next level, too. He led the Gators during the regular season with 11 tackles for loss.
“The fact that my coaches gave me their blessing,” Floyd said. “They said, ‘Go. you’re ready — Good luck to you.’
“If I didn’t get that from them, I wouldn’t be leaving. I care about what my coaches think and how they feel about me. But I’m moving on now. ‘’
Elam brought the wood in a losing effort against Louisville, but he’s NFL-ready now. He’s the perfect run-stopping safety and was pretty good in coverage all season. Elam was second in tackles during the regular season with 65, including 10 tackles for loss.
“I played my butt off and it’s my dream to play in the NFL,” Elam said. “Most of all, now it’s time for me to take care of my family, if you know what I’m saying.”
Neither player has received their draft evaluations back from the NFL Advisory Committee.
Florida could lose fellow defensive lineman Dominique Easley and tight end Jordan Reed, too, depending on their evaluations.
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