These are the men who helped Florida fight through one of the roughest two-year periods in its recent history. They came to the Gators on the heels of a golden era of jump passes, Heisman trophies and national championships, then toiled through a grueling restart to lead UF back to a BCS bowl.
Now they are set to deliver possibly the largest NFL draft class in school history. When the draft begins with the first round Thursday (8 p.m., ESPN and NFL Network), former Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is expected to be the first of perhaps 10 Gators picked over three days.
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Most Gators picked in one draft since 1993, when the draft was reduced to seven rounds
2010;9;No. 7;Joe Haden, CB;Cleveland
2007;9;No. 17;Jarvis Moss, DE;Denver
2003;8;No. 22;Rex Grossman, QB;Chicago
2002;8;No. 26;Lito Sheppard , CB;Philadelphia
1999;8;No. 16;Jevon Kearse, LB;Tennessee