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The third Florida skill player of the day and third wide receiver of the 2020 NFL Draft was taken early Saturday evening.

Tyrie Cleveland was selected in the seventh round by the Denver Broncos. He goes with the No. 238 overall pick.

Cleveland was known as a speedster for Florida, but never put up huge numbers. Van Jefferson and Freddie Swain were also taken in the draft.

Accolades and Numbers

Cleveland was a 4-year contributor for the Gators, but never had more than 410 yards receiving in any season.

He finishes his career with nearly 1,300 yards receiving and eight touchdown grabs. Cleveland averaged better than 16 yards per reception for his career.

Cleveland helped Florida finish in the top 10 in each of the last two seasons. His best season came as a sophomore in 2017.

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What the Experts are Saying

Cleveland came into Florida with some fanfare as one of the top receivers out of Houston, but leaves Florida without enough production. He has adequate hands and solid short-area athleticism underneath, but lacks the burst and physicality needed to open windows and make contested catches. His size is a plus and his effort on special teams could become an important differentiator if he is to make a roster or practice squad.

– Lance Zierlein,

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