Florida Gators Pro Day Preview

Less than one month out from the 2021 NFL Draft, 17 former Gators will take the field on March 31 for Florida’s Pro Day.

Most mock drafts have a pair of players from the 2020 team being selected on Day 1 in Kyle Pitts and Kadarius Toney.

The John Mackey Award winner, Pitts broke record upon record in his final season at Florida. That will pay off with a Top-10 pick in the draft, but he just might sneak in at No. 5 to the Cincinnati Bengals, which would make him the highest-drafted tight end in history.

Just last week, a video emerged on social media of Pitts running a 4.46 40-yard dash. If he can match or top that on national television on Wednesday, scouts are sure to be salivating even more.

Toney will likely find a home somewhere later in the round. The shifty quarterback turned wide receiver’s stock already shot way up after a stellar week at the Senior Bowl in January, but pro day gives him an opportunity to solidify that.

Behind Florida’s projected first-rounders, Heisman Trophy finalist Kyle Trask has an opportunity to continue turning heads at pro day. Though he is not receiving the hype of Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson or Justin Fields, Trask could benefit from a great showing following a rough ending to his career in the Cotton Bowl and an injury sidelining him for the Senior Bowl.

Trevon Grimes has not garnered the same attention as some of Florida’s other offensive weapons, but he is someone with plenty to gain this week. The 6-3, 217-pound wide receiver has great intangibles with potential to put up some eye-popping numbers. He ran a 4.47 in high school, but was 15 pounds lighter at the time.

Offensive linemen Stone Forsythe and Brett Heggie round out the offensive side of the ball, while Shawn Davis, Brad Stewart, Donovan Stiner, Marco Wilson, Kyree Campbell, Tedarrell Slaton and Marlon Dunlap highlight Florida’s defensive players.

Despite a less-than-stellar finish to his career, Chris Simms of NBC Sports has Wilson ranked sixth among 2021 cornerback prospects.


Kicker Evan McPherson will also have a chance to show off his booming leg at the event. He left early after making 17 of his 22 field goal attempts in 2020, with four of those coming from 50-plus yards.

The event will air live on SEC Network at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, with former Florida wide receiver Chris Doering reporting live from the indoor practice facility.

Bailiegh Carlton
A lifelong sports fan, Bailiegh Carlton knew from a young age that she wanted to work in sports in some capacity. Before transferring to the University of Florida to study journalism, she played softball at Gulf Coast State College. She then interned for Gator Country for three years as she worked toward her degree. After graduation, Bailiegh decided to explore other opportunities in the world of sports, but all roads led her right back here. In her time away, she and her husband welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world. When she isn't working, she can almost always be found snuggled up with sweet baby Ridley, Cody and her four fur babies.