Florida defenders entering draft

Updated: January 3, 2013, 10:43 AM ET
By Michael DiRocco | ESPN.com

NEW ORLEANS -- Florida lost to Louisville in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night, and then the third-ranked Gators lost two of their best players.

Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and safety Matt Elam both said they were forgoing their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-3, 303-pound Floyd is No. 24 on Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest Big Board and is projected to be a first-round pick.

"I've been playing football for a lot of years, so this is what football ...

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