(NEW YORK) — Florida junior defensive back Marcus Roberson will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, the school announced Friday.
“Marcus has informed me that he has made the decision to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL,” said head coach Will Muschamp in a statement released by the school. “Marcus was part of our first recruiting class and it was a pleasure watching him mature and develop both on and off the field during his time here. I look forward to watching him play on Sundays and, like all of our players, I encourage them to return to complete his degree.”
The 6-foot, 195 pound Roberson spent parts of the season recovering from knee and ankle injuries. He played in seven games in 2013 making 11 tackles and breaking up three passes. During his career at Florida he compiled 56 tackles, 17 passes defended and three interceptions.
ESPN NFL Draft Insider Todd McShay predicts Roberson to be a late-first-round pick in the draft.
Roberson joins Loucheiz Purifoy as the second Gators’ defensive back to declare early for this year’s draft.
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