Max Garcia became the fifth Gators selected in the 2015 NFL Draft when the Denver Broncos selected him with the 133rd overall pick in the fourth round. Garcia joins other Florida Gators Jon Halapio, Andre Caldwell and Lerentee McCray on the roster.
Garcia began his collegiate career at the University of Maryland. He played left tackle for the Terps and started all 12 games there his sophomore season. After a coaching change, Garcia decided to transfer schools and chose Florida after visiting Clemson, Ole Miss, Georgia and USC.
After sitting out a season, Garcia slid inside from his left tackle spot and played left guard for the Gators as a redshirt junior. He started every game for the Gators in 2013, mostly at left guard, but did have to play left tackle due to injury. His senior year is where Garcia really showed his true versatility. After beginning his career at left tackle, then moving to guard, Garcia was asked to play center for his final season in Gainesville. He picked it up quickly and was named to the Rimington Award Watch List. Garcia earned Second Team All-SEC honors as a senior and was named a captain of the team.
Garcia’s versatility was on display in college and is something that the Broncos will use when he shows up to rookie camp in the coming weeks.