In a move that isn’t entirely surprising, Gators superstar DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson has declared for the NFL draft. As one of the most improved players on the Gators roster, his draft stock has never been higher.
In three years as a Gator, Gardner-Johnson has acquired quite the stat line. His final career numbers for Florida include 156 tackles, 4 sacks, 7 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, and 12 passes defensed. (Thoughhe did state that he will give 100% effort in the bowl game).
Thank You Gator Nation !!!! pic.twitter.com/BnseLUFn08
— Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (@CGJXXIII) November 26, 2018
The junior defensive back explained his decision in a heartfelt letter to the the fans saying, “I have grown mentally and physically as I now understand that my body is everything.”
Gardner-Johnson continued, “However, the more I valued my body I realized that all the individuals around me can have a positive and negative affect (sic) on who I am or viewed as in the public eye. The University and my platform as a student-athlete made me strong from the struggles of being alone at night, to waking up in the morning knowing I have a job to do in order to achieve my goals. With that in mind, I write to you today to say that I’m ready to achieve my next goal and move on to the next chapter in my life. I have decided to forgo my senior year and declare for the NFL Draft.”
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is the first of Florida’s junior class to make decision of whether or not to stay.