Florida Gators: Jacksonville Jaguars

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida came close, but the Gators fell one player short of tying the school record for most players taken in a seven-round NFL draft.

It was still an impressive showing. Eight UF players were drafted, the most since nine were taken in the 2010 draft. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and safety Matt Elam were taken in the first round, giving the Gators multiple first-round picks for the first time since 2010.

Florida’s eight selections was one shy of LSU and Alabama, which led the Southeastern Conference with nine. Georgia also had eight players picked.

Here’s a breakdown of the Gators who were drafted:

DT Sharrif Floyd
First round: No. 23 overall by Minnesota

DT Kevin Williams and NT Letroy Guion are the Vikings’ starters, but Floyd should figure prominently in the rotation. He said he’s eager to learn all he can from Williams, a 10-year vet with 434 tackles and 56.5 sacks. The knock on Floyd is that he doesn’t have long arms, but he does have a quick first step and good speed for a 300-pounder.

S Matt Elam
First round: No. 32 overall by Baltimore

Elam couldn’t step into a better situation. The Ravens lost both starting safeties from their Super Bowl championship team. They released Bernard Pollard (he later signed with Tennessee) and Ed Reed signed a free-agent contract with Houston. Despite not having ideal size (5-foot-10, 208 pounds), Elam is more similar to Pollard than Reed. Elam is physical enough to play the run but also is good enough to cover slot receivers man-to-man.

LB Jonathan Bostic

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So you're a fan of Florida. Or you're a Georgetown die-hard. You've got to be stoked for November, right?

That's when your team will face off in a season-opening game aboard a U.S. Navy warship at the Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla., -- one of three military-themed season-opening events on the coming college hoops calendar. You saw the Carrier Classic last season. You think the 2012 version could be a great experience for your family and friends, or at least a great excuse for a getaway in November. You would very much like to attend.

Here's the good news: Unlike the Carrier Classic, which restricted ticket sales almost entirely to members of the armed forces (and doled out any remainders in a you've-got-to-know-someone-important manner) it is indeed possible to buy tickets for the Florida-Georgetown game on Nov. 9. The bad news: Those tickets will cost at least $1,000, and they include a ticket to the Thursday, Nov. 8 Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts NFL game whether you like it or not.

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