- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter
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Since we had only three people drafting, that means only 72 Gators were selected and it also means there were a lot of good players who weren’t selected. Here are five former Florida players you could argue should have been drafted:
Andre Caldwell: UF has produced a lot of great receivers, but somehow the school’s all-time leader in catches (185) didn’t get selected. Caldwell’s 2,349 receiving yards are third in school history. He wasn’t a touchdown machine and had only five 100-yard receiving games, but he was remarkably consistent.
Ciatrick Fason: Only eight running backs have surpassed 1,000 yards in a season in school history, and Fason had been the last to do it until Mike Gillislee accomplished it last season. Fason ran for 1,269 yards in 2004.
Kirk Kirkpatrick: Aaron Hernandez is the most productive tight end in UF history, but he was avoided for obvious reasons. We also had the option of taking three receivers instead of two receivers and a tight end, which is what all of us did. However, Kirkpatrick was certainly worthy of being drafted. He had 82 career catches and led the SEC with 55 catches for 770 yards and seven touchdowns in 1990.
Will White: The safety was just the second UF player to earn first-team All-American honors as a sophomore. He picked off seven passes in 1990, which at the time was a single-season school record. His 14 career interceptions are second only to Fred Weary’s 15.
Jarvis Williams: The former safety was a first-team All-American in 1987 and his 10 career interceptions were third on the school’s all-time list at the time. He started every game for four consecutive seasons.
Since we had only three people drafting, that means only 72 Gators were selected and it also means there were a lot of good players who weren’t selected.