The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft featured a number of surprises, including the Chicago Bears trading up to select former North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick.

But if one thing was consistent with the first round, it was the SEC’s prevalence throughout the night. The conference had 12 former players selected Thursday night, tying the all-time national record.

The Gators joined Alabama and Texas A&M as the only SEC programs to produce a first-round pick in each of the past 5 years when the Detroit Lions selected linebacker Jarrad Davis with the 21st overall pick. Davis became the first UF linebacker selected in the first round since Huey Richardson (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1991).

Following his selection, numerous UF athletes and coaches, former and current, touted the selection and wished Davis well in the NFL.

Joey Ivie, former Gators DT and potential NFL Draft selection

Florida defensive line coach Chris Rumph

UF coach Jim McElwain

UF director of player personnel Drew Hughes

Florida athletics director Scott Stricklin

Former UF and current Atlanta Falcons DB Brian Poole

Former UF and current South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, who recruited Davis to Florida

Gators punter Johnny Townsend

Gators 2017 signee DaQuon Green

Former Gators RB Mark Herndon

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