UF's receivers developing into more well-rounded group – 247Sports
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With a week behind us to reflect on spring football, Swamp247 begins its positional breakdowns to give fans an idea where we see things at each spot coming out of the spring. Here’s a look at the wide receiver position going into the offseason.
Overview: Florida went into the spring feeling relatively good about the talent on the roster at receiver and came out feeling even better. The addition of transfers Van Jefferson and Trevon Grimes were massive, as both immediately asserted themselves as the top options on the roster. The Gators will still be OK without them, but if either or both are cleared the position gets a whole lot better next fall.
Projected Post-Spring Depth Chart:
Strengths: Deep Threats, Hands
This group did a good job during the spring at getting open downfield. Grimes, Cleveland and Jefferson all routinely got downfield and made plays, while Wells also flashed that ability at times. The other thing we noticed was the hands were consistently better this spring. There weren’t many guys who struggled with drops after the first couple of practices for Kadarius Toney.
Though the group wasn’t bad in this area, there are still far too many receiver screens where the guy out in front blocking doesn’t really dominate the way he needs to. That was a real weakness of the offense under the previous coaching staff, and it’ll take a while to fully fix it under the eye of assistant Billy Gonzales. It’ll definitely be a priority moving forward, though.
What Needs To Happen: It’s no secret at this point that the biggest thing