Posted: 11:00 a.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013
FlaGators: When I was first presented with this question I thought no, and even after thinking about it quite a bit I'm still going to say no. It's well understood that Urban left a depleted team in terms of overall numbers (read: lack of depth) and a top-heavy team, but I don't think the cupboard was bare by any means.
Think about it: Urban Meyer left a team largely comprised of starters from his era (minus a few positions, like quarterback) that went 11-2 under the guidance of someone more capable than himself in leading it. Do I think he left a full cupboard? No. But that doesn't really matter. Just take a look at the numbers.
In the 2013 NFL Draft and the "free agency" period that followed it saw 14 former Florida Gators get drafted or sign contracts with NFL teams. That's pretty good. Two of those draftees being in the first round and six signing free agent contracts after the conclusion of the draft.
That's not the sign of a bare program at all. But like I said above, that doesn't mean the roster was full either. The Gators have signed 19 and 23 players (using Rivals) respectively when it comes to recruiting since Urban left and while that doesn't mean that things are terrible in terms of numbers, it was an issue in 2010 (Urban's last year) and 2011 (Muschamp's first year).
I still think that the Gators are more talented at the top comparatively than they have been in the past, but this draft just proves that Urban didn't really leave the cupboard empty, but rather just empty in terms of overall numbers.