Three teams who could take Gervon Dexter Sr. on Day One

On3 imageby:Pat O'Donnell04/27/23

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The moment Gervon Dexter Sr. stepped on campus at the University of Florida, it was already assumed he’d be a star in the NFL one day.

Dexter played just two seasons of high school football at Lake Wales High School, but it took him no time to fly up the 2020 class rankings. By the time he had signed with the Gators in December 2020.

His three years with the Gators flew by, and now he is about to enter a new chapter in his life with the 2023 NFL Draft starting Thursday night.

Both former Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson and offensive guard O’Cyrus Torrence are expected to be taken in the first round.

Most mock drafts see Dexter going on the second night of the draft in either the second or third round. However, he impressed at the NFL Combine and at his pro day with the Gators with all 32 NFL teams in attendance.

Could Dexter be another former Florida Gator to be selected on the first night of the draft?

Here are three teams who could take the former five-star recruit on Thursday night:

Buffalo Bills (No. 27 overall pick)

Buffalo’s 2022-23 season came to yet another painful end when the Bengals rolled into town and dominated the trenches for four quarters in the divisional round. The Bills had no answer for Cincinnati’s rushing attack led by Joe Mixon.

If there’s someone in this draft who can disrupt a running game, it’s Gervon Dexter Sr. 

The Bills drafted Kaiir Elam in the first round just a season ago, which has worked out for them thus far. It’s not crazy to think they go back to the same program for another top prospect.

New Orleans Saints (No. 29 overall pick)

To be frank, the Saints are looking to overhaul their defensive line in the draft and free agency. 

Their top needs are at both defensive tackle and defensive end, and there’s not much starpower on the defensive front in New Orleans.

Dexter showed his versatility this past season with the Gators as he played all over the line in all 13 games. That may be attractive to a team like the Saints and could very well set Dexter apart from other top defensive linemen prospects in the draft.

Philadelphia Eagles (No. 30 overall pick)

Taking Dexter here would not only help the Eagles defend their NFC crown, but it would also help the team for the foreseeable future.

Philadelphia has a number of veterans like Fletcher Cox Jr. who are still playing at a high level. However, their time playing at a high level may be coming to an end in the next few seasons as well as contracts coming to a close.

The Eagles also lost Javon Hargrave, Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph in free agency following their run to Super Bowl LVII.

Dexter could go to the Eagles, get an NFL season under his belt coming off the bench, learn from an All-Pro defensive tackle in Fletcher Cox Jr. and springboard himself into a starting role as early as 2024.

Stay tuned to Gators Online for more 2023 NFL Draft coverage.

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