Taking a look down the 2015 NFL Draft, you’d think the Florida Gators would have fielded a championship-caliber program over the past few years. Florida had a whopping eight – EIGHT! – players selected this year. That’s top in the SEC and third in the entire nation. Two players, Dante Fowler Jr. and D.J. Humphries, were picked in the first round.
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One look at the records, however, and the results are quite different. The teams from the 2013 and 2014 seasons were as far from championship-caliber as possible. The Gators finished at 4-8 and 7-5, respectively.
It’s pretty mind-boggling that a team with as many selections as UF had this year struggled to even reach bowl eligibility; just another sign that Will Muschamp was in way over his head. During his tenure, the Gators failed to beat teams that hadn’t had eight players selected in their entire existence – think about that for a minute.
Even worse? Of the eight players selected, six were on offense: four lineman, a wide receiver and running back. According to NFL teams, more than half of Muschamp’s starting offense had big-league talent – crazy considering offense went extinct in Gainesville over the past four years.
For Florida fans, this year’s draft was a sad reminder of just how incompetent Muschamp was a head coach. It’s also a positive sign that even in the lowest point of UF football, there is still enough talent to compete for championships.
Florida Players Drafted In 2015
- Dante Fowler Jr. – 1st Rd, No. 3 Overall
- D.J. Humphries – 1st Rd, No. 24
- Chaz Green – 3rd Rd, No. 91
- Matt Jones – 3rd Rd, No. 95
- Max Garcia – 4th Rd, No. 133
- Neiron Ball – 5th Rd, No. 161
- Andre Debose – 7th Rd, No. 221
- Trenton Brown – 7th Rd, No. 244