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NFL Draft 2013: Gators could have up to 5 juniors leave

Several of Florida's most important defensive stars are widely considered to be headed to the pros.

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In Will Muschamp's second year in Gainesville, he's more than earned his reputation as a defensive guru, as the Gators defense is ranked No. 3 in the country, allowing only 12.3 points a game.

However, the only thing harder than becoming successful is sustaining that success, as several of Florida's key defensive players have been eying the 2013 NFL Draft.

At The Gainesville Sun, Robbie Andreu speculates about a few Gators juniors who could he headed to the next level:

DT Sharrif Floyd - He's physically ready to move on to the next level, and that's what most believe will happen. He had a dominant junior season after moving back inside to tackle after spending most of 2011 at defensive end. He could go late in the first round or early in the second. Chances he leaves: 99.9 percent.

Andreu gives S Matt Elam an 85 percent chance of leaving, DL Dominique Easley a 80 percent chance, TE Jordan Reed at 75 percent and LB Jelani Jenkins at 30 percent.

The good news is that sending so many players to the NFL can only help in recruiting, but it only magnifies the importance of replenishing a program's talent pool with future NFL players every February.

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