Posted: 10:07 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013
By Jason Lieser
Jordan Reed’s decision to leave the Gators after his junior season was somewhat validated tonight when the Washington Redskins took him in the third round of the NFL Draft.
Reed, Florida’s leading pass catcher last year, went No. 85 overall. He was the sixth tight end taken.
“I’m very happy for Jordan,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said in a statement. “He causes match-up problems for defenses and is extremely athletic for his size. He hasn’t been playing tight end for very long and will continue to grow into the position.”
He came to the Gators as a dual-threat quarterback under former coach Urban Meyer in 2009 and split time between that position and tight end as a red-shirt freshman the next year. When UF hired Muschamp, he moved Reed to tight end full-time.
He caught a team-high 45 passes last year for 559 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 12.4 yards per catch.
In his career, Reed had 79 receptions for 945 yards and six touchdowns.