The Florida Gators saw yet another player drafted in the first round the the NFL Draft with cornerback CJ Henderson going to the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2020 class.
The Jaguars have been very active in the UF program being only a short drive up the road and have drafted many names from the program over the years. In the last three years, the Gators have drafted a player from the UF program. Over 12 Gators have drafted by Jacksonville.
Swamp247 takes a look at some of the names from UF’s program who have heard their name called on Draft day.
CB CJ HENDERSON – 2020
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Was a first round draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft with the 9th overall pick. Totaled 93 tackles in his college career in Gainesville along with 4 sacks and 6 interceptions. With the Jaguars losing former first round pick Jalen Rasmey they had a big need on the defensive side of the ball. Henderson is the third straight Florida Gators player to go in the draft to Jacksonville and the second first rounder in the last three years.
OT JAWAAN TAYLOR – 2019
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Was a second round NFL draft pick in the 2019 for the Jaguars and pick No. 35 overall. Played in all 13 games and started 12 at right tackle in his final year at UF. Florida’s offensive line allowed just 18 sacks over the course of the entire season, which ranked 20th in the country and third among SEC teams. Taylor made 16 starts in his first season of the the NFL just like he started as a true freshman for the Gators in college.
DT TAVEN BRYAN – 2018
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Was a first round NFL Draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft for the Jaguars. Accounted for 62 total tackles in his three years in Gainesville along with 5.5 sacks and one interception. Has made 53 tackles in his NFL career and 3 sacks along with a forced fumble.
DE DANTE FOWLER JR. – 2015
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In his three years at UF, Fowler Jr. recorded 140 total tackles and 33 tackles for a loss along with 14.5 sacks. He also forced five fumbles and recovered two in his career in Gainesville as well. Fowler is the highest drafted played in the last decade from UF, as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 draft class. Fowler Jr. was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars and played there until 2018. Fowler also played fro 2018 to 2019 for the Los Angelis Rams and was just signed over the offseason to the Atlanta Falcons. Fowler Jr. has recorded 141 tackles and 27.5 sacks in his NFL career to date.
DB JOSH EVANS – 2013
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Defensive back who appeared in 47 games (24 starts at safety) and recorded 154 tackles in Gainesville. Was a 6th round NFL Draft pick in the 2013 class and pick No. 169 overall. Evans accounted for 200 tackles in his career in the NFL along with a forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. The Jaguars released Evans after the 2016 season and has also played for the Washington Redskins and also in the AAF league before its close.
DE DERRICK HARVEY – 2008
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Was a first round pick by the Jaguars in the 2008 draft and the No. 8 overall pick that year. Harvey was a three-year letterwinner who saw action in 36 games with 18 starts during his career in UF. Finished his UF career with 90 tackles and 20.5 sacks, ranking ninth in school history and trailing David Galloway and Robin Fisher by just half a sack for a seventh-place tie in the UF record books. His 17 tackles for a loss during his junior season rank 10th in UF single-season history. Had a career-high eight tackles in his final game as a Gator in the Capital One Bowl. Totaled three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. Played for the Jaguars till 2010.
DB REGGIE NELSON – 2007
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Drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round (21st overall) of the 2007 NFL draft. Honored with the 2006 Jack Tatum Award as the nation’s top defensive back by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. Selected to the Walter Camp All-America Defense, as well as the Football Writers Association of America All-America Defense. Earned first-team All-America accolades from the Associated Press. Tabbed for the All-American Football Foundation. Saw action in 25 games with 18 starts and had 97 tackles and 7 INT’s in his college career. Had 830 tackles in his NFL career and 38 interceptions playing for Jacksonville, Cincinnati, and Oakland.
DB DEE WEBB – 2006
Was a 7th round pick and No. 236 overall in the 2006 NFL Frafr. As a junior in 2005, he started twelve games at cornerback, led the SEC in passes defended, and was a first-team All-SEC selection. Webb decided to forgo his senior season, and declared himself eligible for the NFL Draft. He played in eleven games with one start during his rookie season in 2006, recording seventeen tackles, one interception, and five special teams tackles. Webb was released by the Jaguars on September 1, 2007 as a training camp cut. He played in both the Arena and Canadian football leagues.
DE Cheap Bobby McCray Jersey – 2004
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The Jacksonville Jaguars selected McCray in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft and he played for the Jaguars for four seasons from 2004 to 2007. He also played for the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles. In his four-season college career, McCray appeared in thirty-six games for the Gators, including fifteen starts and thirteen in the final two years. He recorded 107 tackles with 14.5 sacks, 20.5 stops for losses, thirty-one quarterback pressures, two pass deflections, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He accounted for 134 tackles in his NFL career.
OT MIKE PEARSON – 2002
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Appeared in 35 games in college with 33 stars. As a redshirt junior he had played in 33 regular season games with 31 starts for 2,547 plays and also started the 2000 Citrus Bowl and the 2001 Sugar Bowl. A first-team All-America selection in 2001 and a second-team selection in 2000.First-team All-SEC in 2000 and 2001. Two-time (2000-01) SEC Academic Honor Roll selection. First-team Freshman All-America selection in 1999 as chosen by The Sporting News. Played from 2002-2005 in Jacksonville.
RB FRED TAYLOR – 1998
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Finished his college career in Gainesville ranked fourth in school history with 3,075 yards and 31 touchdowns. Taylor was drafted ninth overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the first of two picks they acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Bills in exchange. Taylor started 12 of 15 games for the Jaguars as a rookie in 1998, rushing for 1,223 and 14 touchdowns, the latter total a career-high, while also catching 44 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns. Taylor rushed for well over 10,000 total yards in his long NFL career, many of those years were played in Jacksonville.
WR CHRIS DOERING – 1996
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Was a 6th round NFL Draft pick by Jacksonville in the 1996 class but was traded to the Indianapolis Colts before the start of the 1996 season. He played in 40 games over the course of his NFL career and made three starts. He had 42 receptions for 476 yards and 3 TD. Doering was a staple out wide for the Gators over his college career.