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Drayton Florence
CB #29
Height:
6-0
Weight:
193
College:
Tuskegee
Hometown:
Ocala, FL
Experience:
9
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 157 486 414 72 0 0 95 20 3 273 -- 40
2013 CAR 14 26 19 7 0 0 9 2 1 40 20 38
2012 DET 8 19 17 2 0 -- 7 1 0 29 29 29
2011 BUF 16 50 41 9 0 0 12 3 1 64 21.3 30
2010 BUF 16 58 49 9 0 0 15 3 1 42 14 40
2009 BUF 14 60 49 11 0 -- 11 1 0 7 7 7
2008 JAC 15 36 32 4 0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2007 SD 16 61 55 6 0 -- 10 2 0 4 2 4
2006 SD 16 66 54 12 0 -- 13 3 0 24 8 23
2005 SD 13 54 47 7 0 -- 10 1 0 9 9 9
2004 SD 13 36 31 5 0 -- 3 4 0 54 13.5 40
2003 SD 16 20 20 0 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 157 3 3 3 2 4 18 52 1 0 0 0
2013 CAR 14 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- 0 0 0 0
2012 DET 8 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 BUF 16 -- -- 1 -- 1 -- 0 0 -- -- --
2010 BUF 16 -- -- 1 1 1 0 27 1 -- -- --
2009 BUF 14 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 JAC 15 -- -- 1 1 1 18 18 -- -- -- --
2007 SD 16 -- -- 0 -- 1 -- 7 -- -- -- --
2006 SD 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 SD 13 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 0 0
2004 SD 13 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 0 0
2003 SD 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Punt Return
YearTeamGRetRetYAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 157 3 6 2 6 0 0 0 0 2
2013 CAR 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2012 DET 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 BUF 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 BUF 16 1 6 6 6 0 0 0 0 0
2009 BUF 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 JAC 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 SD 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 SD 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 SD 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 SD 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2003 SD 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 157 4 47 11.8 24 0 1 0 0 0
2013 CAR 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 DET 8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2011 BUF 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 BUF 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2009 BUF 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2008 JAC 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 SD 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 SD 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 SD 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004 SD 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2003 SD 16 4 47 11.8 24 0 1 0 0 0

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Bio

PRO: 

Signed with Buffalo as a free agent on March 6, 2009… released by Jacksonville on February 11, 2009 after signing with the Jaguars on March 1, 2008… originally entered the NFL as a second-round (46th overall) draft choice by San Diego in 2003, becoming the highest player drafted from Tuskegee

 

NFL AWARDS:

  • AFC Defensive Player of the Week – Week 13, 2004
  • AFC Defensive Player of the Week – Week 11, 2010

 

 

2010:

  • Vs. MIA (9/12):  Led the team and set a career-high with 10 tackles.  Also added a pass defensed.
  • at GB (9/19):  Posted two tackles.
  • at NE (9/26):  Had an active day in which he posted five tackles, a pass defensed and a forced fumble that was recovered by Jairus Byrd in the second quarter.  Buffalo  coverted the turnover to a touchdown.
  • vs. NYJ (10/3):  Recorded three tackles.
  • vs. JAX (10/10):  Posted a team-high two passes defensed and added two tackles.
  • at BAL (10/24):  Recorded three solo tackles and added a pass defensed.
  • at KC (10/31):  Led the team with three passes defensed.  Added one tackle.
  • vs. CHI (11/7):  Recorded three tackles including one for a loss.
  • vs. DET (11/14):   Posted four tackles including one tackle for loss.
  • at CIN (11/21):  Recovered a fumble and returned it 27 yards for a TD in the 3rd quarter.  Play marked the first touchdown of his career. ... Intercepted Carson Palmer at 2:37 left in the 4th quarter to help secure Buffalo’s lead 41-31 lead. 1st INT of the season and 12th of his career.  Teams are 11-1 when he records an interception. ... 1st Bill with an interception and fumble recovery in the same game since Nate Clements on November 19, 2006 at Houston. ... added three solo tackles and three passes defensed.
  • vs. PIT (11/28):  Totaled two tackles.  Also made a crucial fumble recovery for the punt return team in overtime.
  • at MIN (12/5): Posted his first career multi-interception game  (2) and returned his first career interception return for a touchdown.  ... Added two solo tackles. 
  • vs. CLE (12/12):  Totaled four tackles.
  • at MIA (12/19):  Recorded seven tackles, all solo.
  • vs. NE (12/26):  Tied a season-high with three passes defensed.  Added five tackles.

 

2009:

  • vs. NO (9/27) Made his Buffalo Bills debut as a reserve cornerback.  Saw a majority of the snaps at cornerback after Leodis McKelvin left the game due to injury. 
  • at MIA (10/4) Made his start as a Buffalo Bill and had seven total tackles.
  • at NYJ (10/18) Posted three solo tackles and a pass defensed. Played a key role in a pass defense that held the Jets to 96 passing yards.
  • vs. MIA (11/29) Posted his first interception as a Bill.  Interception led to Buffalo’s 51-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens to give Buffalo a 24-14 lead in the fourth quarter.  It marked Florence’s 11th career interception and first since 12/2/07 at KC (w/ San Diego).  Florence’s teams are 10-1 when he has an interception.  Set a career-high with four passes defensed.  Added five tackles.
  • vs. NYJ (12/3) Set a career-high with nine tackles.
  • at KC (12/13) Played in his 100th career game and registered three solo tackles.

 

2008: JACKSONVILLE

  • Played in 15 games with eight starts tallying 26 tackles (24 solo)
  • Made Jaguars debut in the starting lineup at Ten. (9/7), posting three solo tackles and missed only one snap… game marked his 75th career game
  • Started the following three straight games: vs. Buf. (9/14), at Ind. (9/21) and vs. Hou. (9/21)
  • Inactive vs. Pit. (10/5), ending his streak of 44 consecutive games played dating back to 2005
  • Forced the first fumble of his career which he also recovered at Den. (10/12)… his 18-yard fumble recovery led to a Jaguars touchdown… posted two tackles
  • Appeared in his 80th career game vs. Cle. (10/26)
  • Recovered a fumbled punt by Brian Witherspoon vs. Min. (11/23), returning the ball 18 yards
  • Saw action in the nickel package but moved into the starting lineup for the second half at CB after Rashean Mathis suffered a knee sprain at Hou. (12/1)… appearance marked his 85th career game
  • Started at CB in the final four contests of the season in place of Mathis: at Chi (12/7), vs. GB (12/14), vs. Ind. (12/21) and at Bal. (12/28)… vs. Ind. (12/21), marked the 50th start of his career

 

COLLEGE:  Registered school-record three returns for touchdowns on interceptions at Tuskegee… first-team Division II All-America selection by The Associated Press, Sheridan Black Network, Football Gazette and American Coaches Association as a senior… was a two-time conference player of the week… played at Tennessee-Chattanooga from 1999-2000 and Tuskegee from 2001-02… majored in social work.

 

PERSONAL: Lives in Ocala, Florida with his son, Jaden, and daughter, Jaelynn… attended Vanguard (Ocala, Fla.) High… spent his sophomore year at Richland Northeast (Columbia, SC) High… father, Drayton, Sr. spent 20 years in the Army and retired with a rank of E7… sister, Lakisha, is currently serving in the Army and carries the rank of E4… established the Drayton Florence Foundation in 2004 to develop programs that helped disadvantaged youth in his hometown of Ocala, Fla… hosts football camps at his alma mater, Vanguard High, a celebrity golf classic and a celebrity basketball shootout… opened the Drayton Florence LABS program in 2007 to strengthen the educational preparation and motivation of socio-economically disadvantaged youth and young adults in Marion County… more than 50 computers have been donated to the program and a computer center was opened at the Lillian Bryant Recreation Center in 2008. … website is www.draytonflorence.com.

 

COMMUNITY:  In 2010, Drayton reached the WNY community by hosting a Back to School Back Pack Giveaway and Holiday Shopping Event through the Drayton Florence Foundation.  Drayton also hosted the Drayton Florence Make It Happen Youth Football Camp in his hometown of Ocala, FL.  Drayton’s camp is a free camp dedicated to teaching young athletes the skills required to be successful in the game of football.

Drayton also participated in the Bills and NFL’s Annual High School Player Development (H.S.P.D.) camp which focuses on character development and specific football-skill training.  Along with assisting in the football drills, Drayton helped spread positive messages about staying in school and on the right track. 

Drayton supported his teammate Brian Moorman and the PUNT Foundation by attending the Pottery Painting Party held in September.  Members of Camp Good Days and Carly’s Club were invited to the Bills Fieldhouse to design and paint pottery pieces with their favorite Bills players.  Drayton also participated in the 2010 Community Ticket Donation Program by donating 20 season tickets to the Wounded Warriors.  Over 200 people attended Buffalo Bills home games where they were also treated to food and beverage coupons compliments of Drayton.

PRO: 

Signed with Buffalo as a free agent on March 6, 2009… released by Jacksonville on February 11, 2009 after signing with the Jaguars on March 1, 2008… originally entered the NFL as a second-round (46th overall) draft choice by San Diego in 2003, becoming the highest player drafted from Tuskegee

 

NFL AWARDS:

  • AFC Defensive Player of the Week – Week 13, 2004
  • AFC Defensive Player of the Week – Week 11, 2010

 

 

2010:

  • Vs. MIA (9/12):  Led the team and set a career-high with 10 tackles.  Also added a pass defensed.
  • at GB (9/19):  Posted two tackles.
  • at NE (9/26):  Had an active day in which he posted five tackles, a pass defensed and a forced fumble that was recovered by Jairus Byrd in the second quarter.  Buffalo  coverted the turnover to a touchdown.
  • vs. NYJ (10/3):  Recorded three tackles.
  • vs. JAX (10/10):  Posted a team-high two passes defensed and added two tackles.
  • at BAL (10/24):  Recorded three solo tackles and added a pass defensed.
  • at KC (10/31):  Led the team with three passes defensed.  Added one tackle.
  • vs. CHI (11/7):  Recorded three tackles including one for a loss.
  • vs. DET (11/14):   Posted four tackles including one tackle for loss.
  • at CIN (11/21):  Recovered a fumble and returned it 27 yards for a TD in the 3rd quarter.  Play marked the first touchdown of his career. ... Intercepted Carson Palmer at 2:37 left in the 4th quarter to help secure Buffalo’s lead 41-31 lead. 1st INT of the season and 12th of his career.  Teams are 11-1 when he records an interception. ... 1st Bill with an interception and fumble recovery in the same game since Nate Clements on November 19, 2006 at Houston. ... added three solo tackles and three passes defensed.
  • vs. PIT (11/28):  Totaled two tackles.  Also made a crucial fumble recovery for the punt return team in overtime.
  • at MIN (12/5): Posted his first career multi-interception game  (2) and returned his first career interception return for a touchdown.  ... Added two solo tackles. 
  • vs. CLE (12/12):  Totaled four tackles.
  • at MIA (12/19):  Recorded seven tackles, all solo.
  • vs. NE (12/26):  Tied a season-high with three passes defensed.  Added five tackles.

 

2009:

  • vs. NO (9/27) Made his Buffalo Bills debut as a reserve cornerback.  Saw a majority of the snaps at cornerback after Leodis McKelvin left the game due to injury. 
  • at MIA (10/4) Made his start as a Buffalo Bill and had seven total tackles.
  • at NYJ (10/18) Posted three solo tackles and a pass defensed. Played a key role in a pass defense that held the Jets to 96 passing yards.
  • vs. MIA (11/29) Posted his first interception as a Bill.  Interception led to Buffalo’s 51-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens to give Buffalo a 24-14 lead in the fourth quarter.  It marked Florence’s 11th career interception and first since 12/2/07 at KC (w/ San Diego).  Florence’s teams are 10-1 when he has an interception.  Set a career-high with four passes defensed.  Added five tackles.
  • vs. NYJ (12/3) Set a career-high with nine tackles.
  • at KC (12/13) Played in his 100th career game and registered three solo tackles.

 

2008: JACKSONVILLE

  • Played in 15 games with eight starts tallying 26 tackles (24 solo)
  • Made Jaguars debut in the starting lineup at Ten. (9/7), posting three solo tackles and missed only one snap… game marked his 75th career game
  • Started the following three straight games: vs. Buf. (9/14), at Ind. (9/21) and vs. Hou. (9/21)
  • Inactive vs. Pit. (10/5), ending his streak of 44 consecutive games played dating back to 2005
  • Forced the first fumble of his career which he also recovered at Den. (10/12)… his 18-yard fumble recovery led to a Jaguars touchdown… posted two tackles
  • Appeared in his 80th career game vs. Cle. (10/26)
  • Recovered a fumbled punt by Brian Witherspoon vs. Min. (11/23), returning the ball 18 yards
  • Saw action in the nickel package but moved into the starting lineup for the second half at CB after Rashean Mathis suffered a knee sprain at Hou. (12/1)… appearance marked his 85th career game
  • Started at CB in the final four contests of the season in place of Mathis: at Chi (12/7), vs. GB (12/14), vs. Ind. (12/21) and at Bal. (12/28)… vs. Ind. (12/21), marked the 50th start of his career

 

COLLEGE:  Registered school-record three returns for touchdowns on interceptions at Tuskegee… first-team Division II All-America selection by The Associated Press, Sheridan Black Network, Football Gazette and American Coaches Association as a senior… was a two-time conference player of the week… played at Tennessee-Chattanooga from 1999-2000 and Tuskegee from 2001-02… majored in social work.

 

PERSONAL: Lives in Ocala, Florida with his son, Jaden, and daughter, Jaelynn… attended Vanguard (Ocala, Fla.) High… spent his sophomore year at Richland Northeast (Columbia, SC) High… father, Drayton, Sr. spent 20 years in the Army and retired with a rank of E7… sister, Lakisha, is currently serving in the Army and carries the rank of E4… established the Drayton Florence Foundation in 2004 to develop programs that helped disadvantaged youth in his hometown of Ocala, Fla… hosts football camps at his alma mater, Vanguard High, a celebrity golf classic and a celebrity basketball shootout… opened the Drayton Florence LABS program in 2007 to strengthen the educational preparation and motivation of socio-economically disadvantaged youth and young adults in Marion County… more than 50 computers have been donated to the program and a computer center was opened at the Lillian Bryant Recreation Center in 2008. … website is www.draytonflorence.com.

 

COMMUNITY:  In 2010, Drayton reached the WNY community by hosting a Back to School Back Pack Giveaway and Holiday Shopping Event through the Drayton Florence Foundation.  Drayton also hosted the Drayton Florence Make It Happen Youth Football Camp in his hometown of Ocala, FL.  Drayton’s camp is a free camp dedicated to teaching young athletes the skills required to be successful in the game of football.

Drayton also participated in the Bills and NFL’s Annual High School Player Development (H.S.P.D.) camp which focuses on character development and specific football-skill training.  Along with assisting in the football drills, Drayton helped spread positive messages about staying in school and on the right track. 

Drayton supported his teammate Brian Moorman and the PUNT Foundation by attending the Pottery Painting Party held in September.  Members of Camp Good Days and Carly’s Club were invited to the Bills Fieldhouse to design and paint pottery pieces with their favorite Bills players.  Drayton also participated in the 2010 Community Ticket Donation Program by donating 20 season tickets to the Wounded Warriors.  Over 200 people attended Buffalo Bills home games where they were also treated to food and beverage coupons compliments of Drayton.

 

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