Two will leave, three left to decide

Two will leave, three left to decide

NEW ORELANS — Florida safety Matt Elam and defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd didn't waste time announcing their intentions to skip their senior seasons and head to the NFL after Florida suffered a 33-23 loss on Wednesday. Defensive lineman Dominique Easley and tight end Jordan Reed continue to wait and gather information before announcing their decision.

The draft-eligible juniors didn't spend any of their time talking about the decision before the Sugar Bowl. They wanted talk to be focused on the game and the preparation that would be taking place.

Once they got into the locker room and showered after the loss, they were both ready to make the decision public. Sharrif Floyd said he wasn't sure of his decision until after the game, but that was more out of respect of his teammates and being focused on what happened Wednesday night.

"All my focus has been on my team and football and the season," Floyd said. "Now, it's time to move on. I've got the blessing from my coaches. It's time to move on and do what I need to do for me."

Floyd went out on Wednesday with a two-sack performance.

Matt Elam also left on a high note with his performance. The junior was all over the field against Louisville, leading the Gators with 11 tackles while chipping in with a sack. For Elam, it was about spending time speaking with his brother, current NFL safety Abram Elam.

The two spoke and felt like it was a good time for Elam to join his older brother in the NFL.

"He talked about the things I did well and did bad plus the opportunity to play in the pros," Matt Elam said. "They told me I've got a great opportunity to play in the pros."

Personal performance was impressive, but Wednesday wasn't the outcome the two juniors wanted to happen in their last game before leaving Florida.

"We had a great year this year, but I wish we could've finished a little bit better," Elam said.

The wait will continue with three more players. Defensive lineman Dominique Easley and tight end Jordan Reed both said on Wednesday that they were still undecided. Florida redshirt junior linebacker Jelani Jenkins wasn't made available for comment after the game and could also leave early.

Easley estimates having a final decision made later this week.

"I'm still deciding," Easley said. "I haven't really been talking to anybody. I just want to make it my own decision."

Reed had one catch for seven yards against Louisville, but his athleticism could make him a playmaking target in the NFL. He'll make his decision about the future in the coming days.

"It's just about where I'm projected," Reed said. "I'll sit down with my family and figure it out."

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