8 Gators invited to NFL Combine

The Florida Gators will be well represented at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis later this month.

The NFL released its complete list of invitees and eight Florida Gators have received invitations to the biggest scouting event of the NFL Draft season.

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Martez Ivey, CeCe Jefferson, Jordan Scarlett, Jachai Polite, Fred Johnson, Vosean Joseph and Jawaan Taylor all received invitations.

The NFL Combine will run from Tuesday, February 26 through Monday, March 4. More than 300 draft hopefuls will be put through tests evaluating their size, strength, speed and agility with all 32 NFL teams in attendance.

Gardner-Johnson, Polite and Taylor have garnered the most attention thus far into the draft process. Taylor has been mocked as high as a top-10 picks with Gardner-Johnson and Polite both appearing as fringe first round selections.

The Gators have sent a total of 238 players to the scouting combine since its inception. That leads the SEC in total number of invitees and trails just Miami in the country.

Miami (FL) – 239
Florida – 238
Ohio State – 237
Florida State – 238
USC – 231
Alabama – 216
LSU – 216

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