Posted: 6:44 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2013
By Jason Lieser
The round in which a player is taken in the NFL Draft is not always the best indicator of his talent. Team needs and a variety of other factors affect the selections, so the fact that a player goes in the fourth round does not necessarily mean there are 96 players better than he is.
One interesting view of the picks is looking at where a player landed within his position. Florida’s Matt Elam, for example, went No. 32 overall, but was the third safety chosen. Although Elam felt slighted by the sight of two safeties going ahead of him, being counted among the top three draft entrants at your position is an honor.
DT Sharrif Floyd, MLB Jon Bostic and K Caleb Sturgis also were in the top five chosen at their positions, according to the NFL’s categorization. TE Jordan Reed and OLB Jelani Jenkins each were No. 6 at their spot.
Here is a look at where all of the drafted Gators stood within their position group: