One such underclassmen scouts are eager to get accurate measurements on is Florida's Jordan Reed. Possessing a similar blend of overall athleticism as former Florida star Aaron Hernandez, Reed could wind up with an even higher draft-day grade than New England Patriots' standout. To do so, however, he'll need to prove that he's all of the 6-3, 243 pounds the Gators officially listed him as. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/05/2013 - Joining former Florida Gators' teammates Shariff Floyd and Matt Elam, redshirt junior tight end Jordan Reed announced Friday that he's leaving school early for the NFL. "I've enjoyed four good years at Florida, but I feel that now is the right time to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL,'' Reed said. "I appreciate the support from all the coaches and staff here, and I'll always be a Gator.''
The 6-3, 243 pound Reed currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3 tight end in the 2013 class. The only two tight ends rated ahead of him are also underclassmen expected to be making their pro decisions soon -- Notre Dame junior Tyler Eifert and Stanford's Zach Ertz.
Lacking the bulk and blocking skills of Eifert, Ertz and most traditional tight ends, Reed isn't a fit for every NFL offense. His fluidity and soft hands, however, are reminiscent of former Florida star Aaron Hernandez who has out-played his fourth round draft selection for the New England Patriots, establishing himself as one of the league's most difficult matchups. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
01/05/2013 - Reed led the Gators with 45 catches for 559 yards and three touchdowns this year. While his numbers during the regular season were impressive, he was held in check by Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, catching just one pass for seven yards in the Gators' 33-23 loss. While his former head coach, Will Muschamp, no doubt wished his playmaking tight end would have returned to help the Gators next season, he acknowledged the undeniable potential his former players had shown this season.
"It's been a dream for all three of these players to pursue a career in the NFL and now they are all getting a chance to realize that dream,'' Muschamp said. "We are very thankful for their contributions to the Florida football program over the years and we wish them the very best of luck in the pursuit of their dreams." - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange
01/04/2013 - Florida tight end Jordan Reed is leaving school early and entering the NFL draft. Reed announced his decision Friday, joining safety Matt Elam and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd in skipping their senior season. Reed, a junior from New London, Conn., led the team in receiving this season. He had 45 receptions for 559 yards and three touchdowns. He was a first-team, All-SEC selection by The Associated Press. He says ''now is the right time to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL.'' Floyd and Elam announced their intentions following a loss in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night. Coach Will Muschamp says all three players ''are all getting a chance to realize that dream. ... We wish them the very best of luck in the pursuit of their dreams.'' - AP Sports
01/02/2013 - Scouting the Florida run defense: Florida has been strong all season against the run, holding opponents to 97 yards rushing on 3.1 yards per carry. The Gators have developed a solid rotation up front with DTs Omar Hunter, Sharrif Floyd and Damien Jacobs. LBs Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins also have been solid in run support, with Ss Matt Elam and Josh Evans. Evans, a senior, leads UF in tackles with 79. - The Sports Xchange
12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): TE - Jordan Reed, Florida, has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Reed is the Gators' leading receiver with 44 receptions for 552 yards and three touchdowns. - Florida football
12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): TE - Jordan Reed, Florida, Jr., has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Reed is the Gators' leading receiver with 44 receptions for 552 yards and three touchdowns. - Florida football