Florida holds annual Pro Day

Published On: Mar 12 2013 06:10:44 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 12 2013 08:03:35 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -

Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd got measured, met with some scouts and then left Florida Field.


The rest of his workout will happen in 10 days.


Florida's top draft prospect missed the majority of the school's Pro Day on Tuesday. Widely considered a top-five pick, Floyd skipped the on-field session because of an ankle injury. He has a private workout planned for NFL teams on March 22.


Without Floyd, safety Matt Elam, linebacker Jon Bostic and tight end Jordan Reed were the biggest draws for scouts, general managers and head coaches on a rainy day in Gainesville. Elam, Bostic and Reed are the only other Florida players considered early-round picks heading into next month's draft.


Running back Mike Gillislee, linebacker Jelani Jenkins, safety Josh Evans, offensive lineman Xavier Nixon, defensive tackle Omar Hunter, and receivers Omarius Hines and Frankie Hammond Jr. also worked out.


Representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, were in attendance. Those two teams also had the only general managers in attendance, Kevin Colbert of the Steelers and Dave Caldwell of the Jaguars.


"That's how a Pro Day is supposed to look at Florida," Gators coach Will Muschamp said. "All 32 teams are here, and that's how it ought to be. If we continue to do a good job evaluating, recruiting and developing our players, which we will, our Pro Days will continue to look that way."


Elam and Reed skipped the 40-yard dash. Elam decided to rely on his time for the NFL combine, and Reed is recovering from a bruised bone in his knee. Reed, Nixon (shoulder) and defensive end Lerentee McCray (shoulder) are scheduled to join Floyd at the private workout in two weeks.


Jenkins may have had the most to prove Tuesday.


He left school after his junior season despite missing the Sugar Bowl because of a broken bone in his right foot, an injury that left him limited at the combine.


"I think today was just to prove that I'm still able to run around," said Jenkins, who added he has private workouts scheduled with the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers. "A lot of people were concerned about how he's going to come back after the injury, but I think that's one of the things I proved today. Everything we did out here was still football related, still the same thing I did when I was playing at Florida."


It's unclear how high Jenkins will get drafted.


Elam, Bostic and Reed, however, are expected to be taken by the end of the third round.


All three enjoyed productive careers at Florida.


Elam had 176 tackles, 23 ½ tackles for loss, 13 pass breakups and six interceptions in three seasons. He used Pro Day to show his versatility.


"They see a lot of film of me playing nickel against a slot receiver," Elam said. "There's not a lot of me playing in the back end at middle safety and opening up my hips and showing them how fluid I am and my versatility. I didn't get the chance to do that at the combine."


Bostic, who started 32 games in four seasons, ran the 40 in 4.61 seconds at the combine.


"A lot of eyes were opened at the combine," said Bostic, who said he improved his time to 4.5 seconds Tuesday. "People didn't expect me to run as fast as I did and be as agile as I was. ... The main thing with me was a lot of people wanted to see if I could run. Their prediction for me was 4.8, so that was kinda funny."
Reed, who led the team with 45 catches for 559 yards and three touchdowns last season, will get his chance to run in two weeks. Still, he performed individual drills Tuesday.


"I wasn't going to do anything," Reed said. "Once I got started going hard, I didn't think about (the injury) anymore. That's kind of what happened."
Floyd did even less. He didn't even walk on the field to mingle with teammates and NFL team personnel. Nonetheless, his stock has been on the rise the last two months, and Muschamp believes he knows why.


"The guy can anchor. He can play the run. He's got great initial quickness. He can rush the passer," Muschamp said. "He's everything you want for an inside player. ... From a general manager's prospective, talking to his owner and talking about spending money on a player, a clean player that's got no issues off the field, you know that's a very smart pick in my opinion because you've got a guy that can be a very dominating player that's got so many positive things surrounding him and he's been exposed to so many different things within our scheme."

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