DL Gervon Dexter declares for 2023 NFL draft

Gator Country has confirmed that defensive lineman Gervon Dexter will forego his senior year and declare for the 2023 NFL draft.

Dexter took to social media to announce his decision.

“Ever since I made my commitment with the University of Florida, the time I have spent with the Orange and Blue is something that I will cherish forever,” Dexter wrote on a Twitter graphic.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank all the fans and all of Gator Nation for their support.

Additionally, I would like to thank both Coach Mullen and his staff for giving me the opportunity to compete here and Coach Napier for showing me exactly what leadership should look like. I’m also thankful for Coach Patrick Toney and Coach Chaos for investing in my game.

With that being said, after speaking with my family, I think it is best to forego my last year of eligibility and declare for the 2023 NFL draft.”

Dexter was a five-star prospect in Florida’s 2020 recruiting class. The Lake Wales product made an immediate impact upon his arrival in Gainesville. He played in all 12 games during his freshman season and started two of those contests. He finished the 2020 season with 19 tackles (4 solo) 1.5 TFL, and one interception.

In 2021, Dexter became a regular starter in the Gators’ defensive front. He appeared in all 13 games and started nine of those contests. He added 51 tackles (19 solo) 2.5 sacks, one pass deflection, and two fumble recoveries.

In his final season with Florida, Dexter started at defensive tackle in all 12 games and played in 636 snaps, the most along the defensive line and 3rd most on the team. He totaled 50 tackles (22 solo), two sacks, one interception, and two pass deflections this season.

Dexter was asked to stay on the field much more than Florida’s staff would have liked due to the depth issue along the defensive line. Teams put a focus on limiting Dexter and making the players around him beat them. Dexter didn’t exactly fill up the stat sheet, but he made a positive impact on the field by drawing double teams throughout the season.

Dexter’s 6-6, 312-pound frame is one to watch at this year’s NFL combine. His height, length, and speed allows him to have some versatility at the next level.

Gervon Dexter announced on Twitter that he will play in the Las Vegas Bowl game on December 17th.



Nick Marcinko
Nick is a recent graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in Telecommunications. He is passionate about all sports but specifically baseball and football. Nick interned at Inside the Gators and worked part time with Knights247 before joining the Gator Country family. Nick enjoys spending his free time golfing and at the beach.