- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida redshirt junior tight end Jordan Reed, who led the Gators in receptions and receiving yards this season, announced through the school on Friday that he was forgoing his final season and declaring for the NFL draft.
He is the third Gators underclassman to do so since the season ended. Safety Matt Elam and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd said after UF's loss to Louisville in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night that they were leaving, as well.
"I've enjoyed four good years at Florida, but I feel that now is the right time to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL," said Reed, from New London, Conn. "I appreciate the support from all the coaches and staff here, and I'll always be a Gator."
The 6-foot-3, 243-pound Reed caught 45 passes for 559 yards and three touchdowns this season and was a first-team All-SEC selection by The Associated Press and a second-team selection by the league's coaches. He has 75 catches for 945 yards and six touchdowns in his career. He came to Florida in 2009 as a quarterback and spent two seasons there before moving to tight end before the 2011 season. NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. ranks Reed as his No. 4 junior tight end.
"It's been a dream for all three of these players to pursue a career in the NFL and now they are all getting a chance to realize that dream," coach Will Muschamp said. "We are very thankful for their contributions to the Florida football program over the years and we wish them the very best of luck in the pursuit of their dreams."
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