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Report: Florida CB Loucheiz Purifoy to enter draft

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Loucheiz Purifoy is expected to be a top corner in the draft. (USATSI)
Loucheiz Purifoy is expected to be a top corner in the draft. (USATSI)
An up-and-down 2013 for Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy has reportedly ended with the junior deciding to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

Purifoy started 12 games for Florida as a sophomore in 2012, entered 2013 as a top NFL prospect and All-SEC candidate, and among several talented defensive backs helped the Gator secondary rank second in the FBS in pass defense entering their season finale vs. Florida State. The Gators also ranked No. 1 in the SEC in pass efficiency defense.

Purifoy told ESPN after the 37-7 loss to the Seminoles that he would enter the draft. NFLDraftScout.com rates Purifoy the No. 6 corner in the 2014 draft and a second-round prospect.

Though Purifoy largely lived up to that billing on the field, he also was the subject of several off-field headlines in 2013, having a marijuana possession charge dismissed in February, seeing time at wide receiver during the spring, then was suspended for the season opener for a violation of team rules. Purifoy also battled minor injuries during the season.

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