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Two Florida Gators declare for NFL Draft following Sugar Bowl

Jeremy Wright, Matt Elam

Louisville running back Jeremy Wright (28) loses his helmet to a hit by Florida defensive back Matt Elam (22) in the second half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)


Following their 33-23 loss to the Louisville Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night, Florida junior safety Matt Elam and junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd announced their intentions to declare for the NFL draft.

Elam was named a first-team All-American for Florida this season. He racked up 65 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss, four interceptions, a sack and a forced fumble.

Floyd was named a first-team All-Southeastern Conference player in 2012. Floyd compiled 41 tackles, with 11 tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and six quarterback hits.

Both are possible late first-round picks and considered to be Top 50 prospects in the upcoming draft.