Marcus Roberson to Leave Florida for NFL Draft

Looks like Vernon Hargreaves and Co. have some more slack to pick up on defense.

Marcus Roberson celebrates Florida’s 14-6 victory over LSU in 2012. Roberson, now a junior, has declared for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Junior cornerback Marcus Roberson announced Friday that he will be leaving the University of Florida to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. currently has Roberson ranked as the No. 11-rated cornerback.

Roberson, an All-SEC second-team selection, played seven games in 2013, finishing with 11 tackles, three pass break-ups and no interceptions.

For my money, Roberson was the best cover corner for the Gators eligible for this year’s draft. But Loucheiz Purifoy, who announced in December his intentions to enter the draft, seems to have a higher upside than Roberson because of his athletic ability.

However, I think Roberson could be a solid cover corner in the league for a decent number of years.

He is currently projected as a third-round pick.

Marcus Roberson: “I’m very thankful of everyone at Florida that helped me to get to this point in my career, from Tony Meacham, my academic adviser, to Jeff Dillman to Coach (Will) Muschamp and the entire coaching staff. It’s been a great experience here, and now that it is over I can truly appreciate everything that is in place here for players to be successful and have an opportunity to play at the next level.”

Will Muschamp: “Marcus has informed me that he has made the decision to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL. Marcus was part of our first recruiting class, and it was a pleasure watching him mature and develop both on and off the field during his time here. I look forward to watching him play on Sundays, and like all of our players, I encourage [him] to return to complete his degree.”

Where do you think Roberson will be drafted?