Gators DT Caleb Brantley enters draft

Florida Gators defensive tackle Caleb Brantley announced Friday that he will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Brantley as his second-highest-rated defensive tackle behind only Michigan State's Malik McDowell. ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Brantley as the 14th-best player in the draft, and projects him as a first-round pick in his latest mock draft.

"For the past three years, I've had the privilege of playing for the University of Florida and Gator Nation," Brantley wrote in a letter posted on SEC Country. "Now, I'm fortunate enough to start the next chapter of my life and career. I will be forgoing my senior season and entering the NFL Draft. Like many kids, this was always a dream for me."

Brantley finished this past season with 31 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.