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Florida's Dante Fowler will seek draft input from Will Muschamp

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Florida defensive end Dante Fowler has 4.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss this season.

Florida junior defensive end Dante Fowler said he will speak with outgoing Gators coach Will Muschamp about whether he should enter the draft.

Fowler told gatorbait.net -- a Florida-centric website -- Tuesday that he and Muschamp will meet "at the appropriate time. Definitely me and him are going to sit down and talk, with me and my family."

Fowler (6-foot-3, 260 pounds), in his second season as a starter, leads the Gators with 10 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. While those aren't necessarily eye-popping stats, Fowler is a disruptive presence who is a focal point of opposition blockers. He had a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss against Georgia and 11 total stops against LSU.

Florida coaches do a good job of moving Fowler around in an effort to get one-on-one matchups, and he also has 15 quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles this season for a unit that ranks 20th nationally in total defense. Fowler runs well laterally, and his versatility -- he can line up at either end or at linebacker -- would be a major selling point.

Fowler was a midseason All-America pick by NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, and fellow analyst Bucky Brooks has lauded Fowler for giving "maximum effort and energy on every play."

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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