NEW ORLEANS -- They were two of the centerpieces behind Florida's turnaround this season, which likely was at the center of decisions made by junior safety Matt Elam and junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd to make themselves available for the 2013 NFL draft.
Both players confirmed they were NFL-bound after UF's 33-23 loss Wednesday night to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl.
"I wish it could have finished better, but I've had a great three years and now I've been told I have a great opportunity to play in the pros," said Elam, a first-team All-American who had 11 tackles and a sack in his final game as a Gator. "It's a dream of mine to play in the NFL."
The 6-foot-3, 303-pound Floyd, a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection, had five tackles and two sacks against the Cardinals.
"I'm going to get a chance to do what a lot of players want to do," Floyd said. "The fact that my coaches gave me their blessing and said, "Go. You're ready. Good luck to you" helped. If I didn't g...