August 23, 2009

Florida's top five early entry candidates

The incredible amount of talent Urban Meyer and staff have been stock piling at Florida not only has resulted in two National Championships in the last three years, it has the Gators pegged as the odds on favorites to win it all once again in 2009. After the upcoming season, the players that have comprised those talented signing classes could begin making their way to the NFL en masse.

Not only are seniors to be such as quarterback Tim Tebow and linebacker Brandon Spikes likely to be drafted, but there could be several players, who have eligibility remaining, tempted to make the leap to the next level as well.

Recently, ESPN NFL Draft Guru Mel Kiper included one of those early entry possibilities on his 2010 Draft Big Board. Kiper has Gator junior defensive end Carlos Dunlap as his No. 3 overall draft prospect.

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Dunlap is one of several Gator players who could decide to declare for the draft.

In order to sort through who is and isn't a potential early entry candidate, decided to consult with a couple of NFL Draft experts. Rob Rang, who is a senior analyst with NFL Draft Scout (which is partnered up with, and Scott Wright. President and analyst of Draft Countdown, shared their thoughts on who could potentially leave early for the next level.

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