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
Truly the hardest working guy I've ever played with. Came in to Florida as a 3 star, stayed humble & worked his way to the top! @J_Davis_40
— Joey IV (@JoeyIvie) April 28, 2017
Florida defensive line coach Chris Rumph
So happy and proud of you @J_Davis_40 keep pressing!!! Romans 8:28
— Chris Rumph (@CoachRumph) April 28, 2017
UF coach Jim McElwain
— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) April 28, 2017
UF director of player personnel Drew Hughes
— Drew Hughes (@dhughes234) April 28, 2017
Florida athletics director Scott Stricklin
— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) April 28, 2017
Former UF and current Atlanta Falcons DB Brian Poole
@J_Davis_40 welcome to the league my brother! 🐊✊🏾
— Brian Poole (@JustPooleN_It) April 28, 2017
Former UF and current South Carolina coach Will Muschamp, who recruited Davis to Florida
— Will Muschamp (@CoachWMuschamp) April 28, 2017
Gators punter Johnny Townsend
MY GUY!!!! Nobody is more deserving 🐊🐊 @J_Davis_40
— Johnny Townsend (@johnnytownsend1) April 28, 2017
Gators 2017 signee DaQuon Green
— DaQuon Green (@iamDG7) April 28, 2017
Former Gators RB Mark Herndon
Congrats JD!! @J_Davis_40
— Mark Herndon (@MHerndon37) April 28, 2017