The Gators announced their upcoming Pro Day will be on March 30 at 10 AM. 11 former Florida football players will take part in the festivities and the event will be streamed on the SEC+ Network.
Some Gators like Anthony Richardson and Gervon Dexter had really productive Combine results and won’t have as much pressure on them to perform. However, a handful of players must have a good day to keep their draft stock alive and well.
Florida Football: Amari Burney and Ventrell Miller
Neither of Florida’s former linebackers participated in the drills portion of the Combine. Burney wasn’t invited while Miller is recovering from off-season surgery. Burney is athletic enough that he can probably test well in a combine setting. He has to hope he puts forth a productive enough day to make up for his lack of play recognition on film.
Miller has the opposite problem. His film will look really solid to NFL GMs, but questions about his health and whether he has the physical tools to make it in the NFL. It’s unclear if he will be healthy enough on March 30 to participate.
Trey Dean and Rashad Torrence must run faster
Trey Dean had a solid performance in a handful of drills at the Combine including 25 bench reps to lead all safeties. He was also 8th out of 19 safeties in the broad jump with a leap of 10’4″.
The problem is that he ran 4.75 seconds in the 40-yard dash, the slowest among all safeties that participated. In fact, 4.75 seconds would have been 22nd out of 29 defensive ends and dead last among linebackers.
Rashad Torrence wasn’t much faster at 4.72 seconds, and while he had a solid bench press showing as well at 20 reps, he did pop in any of the other drills.
Both players are going to have to dip into the 4.6 range at minimum to not scare away NFL GMs.
Brenton Cox returns to Gainesville
After being kicked off the team in October, Brenton Cox is going to participate in Florida’s Pro Day. Cox did not have a good Combine at all. He was the third-slowest defensive end with a 40-yard dash of 4.82 seconds and was in the bottom half for the Broad Jump and Vertical Jump.
Cox did have a decent showing by benching 24 reps, but given the question marks that are going to surround him anyway after being kicked out of Gainesville, he is going to have to step up.