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Players work out at Florida in rainy conditions

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm •  Published: March 17, 2014
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A dozen University of Florida football players and several from area colleges participated during the Gators' pro day under rainy, cool conditions in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams.

Players went through weight drills and then ran the 40-yard dash on the indoor track of the O'Connell Center. Several players slipped at the starting line and some ran barefoot for better traction.

Several Florida players were looking to make a better showing than they did at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month. Defensive backs Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy had been mentioned as possible first-round selections. But both players only managed a best 40-time of 4.61 at the combine, a relatively slow time for a defensive back. Roberson, running barefoot, and Purifoy ran the 40 on Monday. Unofficial clocks in the stands had both players with faster times than their combine time, but official results were not released.

Most of the NFL executives who were in attendance left the Gators practice field opting not to talk about the workouts they had just watched.

"The weather was a factor but we take that into account with these guys," said James "Shack" Harris, senior personnel executive with the Detroit Lions.

Defensive end Dominque Easley tore his ACL three games into the 2013 season and missed the Gators' final nine games. He didn't take part in any of the drills on Monday but instead will have a private workout for teams in mid-April. He feels he's made good progress since the injury.

Ronald Powell, who missed the entire 2012 season when he also tore his ACL, came back to play 11 games with eight starts at defensive end his senior season last fall.

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