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Five former Gators sign as free agents with NFL teams


Florida had just three players chosen within the NFL draft, held last week in Las Vegas, marking this system’s fewest draft picks in a decade. 

But Kaiir Elam (Buffalo Bills), Zachary Carter (Cincinnati Bengals) and Dameon Pierce (Houston Texans) should not the one former Gators who’ve a probability to see the sphere in 2022 as rookies within the National Football League. 

On the conclusion of the seventh round, five Gators from the 2021 team signed as undrafted free agents. 

First round:Former Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam drafted twenty third overall by Buffalo Bills

Day 2:Florida DT Zachary Carter headed to Cincinnati Bengals as No. 95 pick in 2022 NFL Draft

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Jeremiah Moon

Outside linebacker Jeremiah Moon was projected to listen to his name called within the sixth or seventh round, but he ultimately went undrafted.

Moon, who suffered three season-ending injuries during his six-year profession with the Gators, has signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent. 

Malik Davis

Running backs Malik Davis and Dameon Pierce as they get ready to run drills during Florida Pro Day held at the indoor practice facility, in Gainesville, March 28, 2022.

Running back Malik Davis is following Pierce to the Lone Star State, having signed a free agent take care of the Dallas Cowboys.

Davis was Florida’s starter at running back for 12 of 13 games last season, rushing 92 times for 487 yards and five touchdowns. He also hauled in 23 receptions for 217 yards and a pair of receiving touchdowns.

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Tyrone Truesdell and Antonio Valentino

Prior to last season, defensive tackles Tyrone Truesdell (Auburn) and Antonio Valentino (Penn State) arrived at UF through the NCAA transfer portal.

Having accomplished their collegiate careers in Gainesville, the duo will now begin skilled careers in the identical location. 

Truesdell and Valentino are headed to the Meadowlands, signing with the Recent York Giants. 

Jean Delance

Offensive lineman Jean Delance does the vertical jump during Florida Pro Day held at the indoor practice facility, in Gainesville, March 28, 2022.

Rounding out UF’s list of undrafted free agent signees is one other transfer: offensive lineman Jean Delance.

A 3-year starter for the Gators after transferring from Texas, Delance was an interesting prospect within the draft, with several teams impressed by his athleticism and prowess in pass protection.

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But Delance’s film left something to be desired, and he struggled within the run game during his UF profession.

Nevertheless, the Chicago Bears remained intrigued and signed Delance to a free agent deal inside 24 hours of the conclusion of draft.

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