The Florida Gators had eight players drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, including linebacker Jarrad Davis to the Detroit Lions with the 21st overall selection.
In addition, five former Gators signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents.
Shortly after the draft concluded Sunday, quarterback Austin Appleby announced he had signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. announced he had finalized a deal with the Carolina Panthers.
Beyond thankful for the opportunity and I am absolutely jacked up to be a Dallas Cowboy! God is so great!! @dallascowboys
— Austin Appleby (@AAppleby12) April 30, 2017
Reports of me signing with the eagles are not true…I've signed with the Carolina Panthers #KeepPounding
— Bryan Cox Jr (@BEECox_UF) April 29, 2017
Former walk-on running back Mark Herndon landed with the Cleveland Browns and wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood signed with the New Orleans Saints.
Looks like Im heading to Cleveland!!! More than excited for the opportunity.
— Mark Herndon (@MHerndon37) April 30, 2017
Excited to be apart of the @Saints. can't wait to get to work!!
— Ahmad Fulwood (@AFulwood5) April 30, 2017
And former Gators wider receiver/punt returner Chris Thompson, a former Gainesville High standout, signed with the Houston Texans.
Houston here I come!!! 😏
— chris thompson (@youngstarr24) April 30, 2017