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Elam, Floyd leaving Gators for the NFL

By Dane Brugler | NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst

Florida juniors Matt Elam and Sharrif Floyd made it official Wednesday night after the Sugar Bowl that they will skip their senior seasons and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Louisville defeated Florida, 33-23, in the Sugar Bowl.

Elam currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 1 strong safety and Floyd as the No. 6 defensive tackle. Both are projected as mid-to-late first round picks, appearing in NFLDraftScout.com's first round projections.

Tight end Jordan Reed, defensive tackle Dominique Easley and several other draft-eligible Gators are also considering the NFL Draft. A decision on their status should be announced soon.

The younger brother of NFL safety Abe Elam, Matt Elam is a bruising hitter with the physical striking ability that will cause receivers to think twice before floating over the middle. Although he needs to tighten his coverage skills, he is a quick-footed athlete with the body flexibility and read/react skills to be effective against both the run and the pass.

Floyd, who has bounced between defensive end and tackle over his time at Florida, is a tough player to handle 1-on-1 with his combination of power and quickness. He does an excellent job using his hands to defeat blocks, flashing the motor and nasty attitude that NFL scouts seek in the trenches.

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