113 picks went by in the 2012 NFL Draft before the Seattle Seahawks selected defensive lineman Jaye Howard with the 114th pick. Howard was the first Florida Gators player taken (if you don’t count Janoris Jenkins). With Chris Rainey being the only other Gator expected to be drafted, it could remain quiet for Florida fans.
A defensive tackle that also played some defensive end, Howard is a versatile lineman that could line up at any position and in any formation. He has the strength and power to play inside, but also the surprising speed to play outside. Howard has the ability to stop the run, but also rush the passer. He still has some development ahead of him, but given the right situation he could definitely become an every down lineman over time.
The Seahawks are this year’s proverbial winner as the first team to select a Florida Gator in the draft. Congrats to Howard and mythical trophies to Seattle have been dispersed.