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    Max Garcia celebrates with Florida Gators fans after a 65-0 win over eastern Michigan. / Gator Country photo by David Bowie

2015 NFL Draft:
Denver selects Max Garcia

Written by Nick de la Torre, May 2, 2015, 1 Comment,
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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.

Nick de la Torre

About Nick de la Torre

A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC

  1. BradDadMay 6, 2015, 8:58 pm

    Lerentee McCrayon? :)

    Just kidding, Nick … typesetting on the website doesn’t show the space that’s there between “McCray” and “on.”

    Got a good laugh though.

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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.

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