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Florida CB Marcus Roberson declares intent to enter NFL draft

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Florida cornerback Marcus Roberson recorded just 11 tackles and three pass breakups in 2013.

Florida cornerback Marcus Roberson will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, according to a release by the school, marking the second cornerback the Gators will lose early to the pro ranks. Cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy made his decision to leave UF early known as soon as the Gators' season ended in a blowout loss to Florida State.

Purifoy is considered the better prospect of the two, however, and his decision didn't need as much thought as Roberson's.

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"I'm very thankful of everyone at Florida that helped me get to this point in my career," Roberson said. "... It's been a great experience here and now that it is over I can truly appreicate everything that is in place here for players to be successful and have an opportunity to play at the next level."

Roberson (6-0, 195 pounds) was hampered by injuries this season and played in just seven games, making 11 tackles and three pass breakups without an interception.

"Marcus was part of our first recruiting class and it was a pleasure watching him mature and develop both on and off the field during his time here," said UF coach Will Muschamp.

Purifoy didn't have an especially good season either, particularly in the area of open-field tackling, so it will be crucial for both he and Roberson to impress at the NFL Scouting Combine next month. The Gators secondary will be at a significant deficit entering spring practice, but UF returns the SEC's best youngster at the cornerback position in Vernon Hargreaves III.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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