Florida’s Major Wright, Carlos Dunlap and Maurkice Pouncey Headed to the NFL


Florida Safety Major Wright, Defensive End Carlos Dunlap and Center Maurkice Pouncey will bypass their senior seasons and enter the NFL Draft.

Gator Country first reported Wright’s decision.

Wright had 26 tackles and three interceptions for the Gators last season. He has 150 tackles, eight interceptions and four forced fumbles in his career.

Weight is not projected to be a high pick and his reduced playing time most likely played a big factor in hid decision.

Carlos Dunlap, on the other hand is a projected first rounder. Dunlap had 34 tackles and nine sacks in 2009 and has 19 sacks in his career.

Gene Sapakoff of the Charleston Post and Courier broke the story.

"“This took a lot of thought and prayer between me and my family, and we decided that this was the best direction for me to take,” Dunlap said. “I’ve loved having the chance to play at Florida for Coach (Urban) Meyer, and playing for Coach Charlie Strong. I wouldn’t be the person or the player I am today without them and the other coaches who have helped me along the way.”Dunlap planned to officially announce his decision at a noon news conference at North Charleston City Hall.“Carlos has all of the physical tools to be successful at the next level,” said Meyer. “I believe if he continues to grow and mature he will have a very long career in the NFL. He provided matchup problems for opposing teams and was a big part of our success during the last several years. We wish him the best of luck.”"

Maurkice Pouncey is the consensus No. 2 rated Center prospect in the draft. Pouncey won the Rimington Trophy in 2009, which is given to the nation’s best Center.

Wright, Dunlap and Haden became the third, fourth and fifth Gators to declare for the draft joining Cornerback Joe Haden and Tight End Aaron Hernandez.

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