NFL teams recognizing Everett's talent

Earl Everett has always possessed an impressive combination of size, speed and athleticism. But despite recording 196 tackles during his first three seasons at Florida, there was concern entering Everett's senior year that he lacked ideal recognition skills.

Through five games this fall, Everett is doing everything in his power to erase those doubts. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound weakside linebacker has been a ballhawk for the Gator defense, as he is diagnosing plays more quickly and taking fewer false steps.

If his strong play continues, Everett could get drafted as high as the second round in a strong class of linebackers that includes Paul Posluszny (Penn State), Patrick Willis (Mississippi), LaMarr Woodley (Michigan) and Rufus Alexander (Oklahoma).