New England Patriots draft Jon Halapio

Jon Halapio became the fourth Florida Gator selected in the 2014 NFL Draft when the New England Patriots selected him in the sixth round with the 179th overall pick.

Halapio’s career started off with an injury that forced him to take a redshirt his first season on campus but the guard from St. Petersburg, Florida was an iron man the rest of his career. Halapio played in 51 games through four seasons including 43 starts.

Halapio started every single game at right guard for the Gators in 2011 and 2012 — the only player on the team to start every game at the same position during that time period.

Before his senior season, Halapio tore a pectoral muscle. That injury forced him to miss the first two games of the 2013 season. Halapio was promptly poked in the eye against Tennessee — his first game back — but returned to the contest and played the rest of the season with a restrictive brace to protect his pectoral muscle.

Halapio will join his teammate Dominique Easley in New England.

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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