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Drayton Florence
DB #30
Height:
6-0
Weight:
200
College:
Tuskegee
Hometown:
Waycross, GA
Experience:
12
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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Biography

Twelfth-year cornerback who returns to Detroit after having started 40 of his last 54 games and recording three defensive touchdowns in that span. Has played in 157 career regular season games (104 starts) with stops in San Diego, Jacksonville, Buffalo, Detroit and Carolina. Career totals include 478 career tackles (407 solo), 20 interceptions, 104 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Signed by Lions as an unrestricted free agent on August 7, 2014.
  • Re-signed by Panthers on September 9, 2013.
  • Released by Panthers on August 31, 2013.
  • Signed by Carolina Panthers as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013.
  • Signed by Detroit Lions on September 2, 2012.
  • Released by Broncos on August 31, 2012.
  • Signed by Denver Broncos on May 10, 2012.
  • Released by Buffalo Bills on May 4, 2012.
  • Re-signed by Buffalo Bills as an unrestricted free agent on July 29, 2011.
  • Signed by Buffalo Bills on March 3, 2009.
  • Signed by Jacksonville Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent on March 1, 2008.
  • Originally drafted in the 2nd round (46th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.

PRO
Twelfth-year cornerback who returns to Detroit after having started 40 of his last 54 games and recording three defensive touchdowns in that span. Has played in 157 career regular season games (104 starts) with stops in San Diego, Jacksonville, Buffalo, Detroit and Carolina. Career totals include 478 career tackles (407 solo), 20 interceptions, 104 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

  • Has three career playoff interceptions in six postseason games (three starts), with 23 tackles (17 solo) and six passes defensed.
  • Has three career interceptions against Patriots QB Tom Brady, his most against any quarterback.

2013: Helped lead Carolina to an NFC South title, while collecting 26 total tackles for the season (19 solo), along with nine pass defenses and a pair of interceptions.

  • Collected three tackles and a pass defense vs. Minnesota (10/13).
  • Grabbed an interception and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown vs. Atlanta (11/3). Also had two tackles and a pass defense.

2012: Provided a veteran presence on defense in a young secondary. Played in eight games (three starts) after missing a large chunk of the season with an arm injury. Recorded 19 tackles (17 solo) with seven pass defenses and one interception.

  • Had two tackles (two solo) in the Lions’ 27-23 season home opener win vs. St. Louis (9/9). Registered the team’s only pass defense.
  • Tallied three solo tackles and one pass defense in the Lions’ 27-19 loss at San Francisco (9/16) in Week 2.
  • Placed in Reserve/Injure (Designated to Return) on September 19, 2012.
  • Returned to action and made key contributions on defense as the starting cornerback in Week 11 vs. Green Bay (11/18), finishing fourth on the team in tackles with six (four solo).
  • Had five solo tackles, including one tackle for loss, in Week 12 vs. Houston on Thanksgiving Day (11/22).
  • Tied a career high in pass defenses with four and had one interception in Week 13 vs. Indianapolis (12/2). Finished with two solo tackles in the game and led a Lions secondary that forced three interceptions on Colts QB Andrew Luck.
  • Had one solo tackle in Week 15 at Arizona (12/16). Inactive in Week 17 vs. Chicago (12/30).

2011: Started all 16 games for the second consecutive season. Totaled 50 tackles (41 solo), three interceptions for 64 yards, 12 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

  • Had his first interception of the season in Week 1 at KC (9/11), returning it for 30 yards. Added 2 tackles (2 solo) and 2 pass defenses.
  • Against New England (9/25), posted his second career interception return for a touchdown, picking off Patriots QB Tom Brady.
  • Recorded his third interception of the season against the New York Jets (11/27), returning it for seven yards. Added 4 tackles (4 solo) and 3 passes defensed in the game.
  • Had a forced fumble and fumble recovery to go along with 5 tackles (4 solo) against Miami (12/18).

COLLEGE
Spent his final two collegiate years at Tuskegee University after transferring from UT-Chattanooga.

  • Earned first-team Division II All-America honors as a senior.
  • Registered a school-record three returns for touchdowns.
  • Captured two Conference Player of the Week honors.

PERSONAL

  • Attended Vanguard High School in Ocala, Fla., where he was an all-district selection in football. Spent his sophomore year at Richland Northeast High School.
  • Majored in social work at Tuskegee.
  • Father, Drayton, Sr., spent 20 years in the Army and retired with a rank of E7. Sister, Lakisha, is currently serving in the Army.

FLORENCE’S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • Tackles: 10 vs. Mia 9/12/10
  • Pass Defenses: 4 (twice) Last vs. Ind 12/2/12
  • Interceptions: 2 at Min 12/5/10
  • Interception Return Yards: 40 (twice) Last at Min 12/5/10
  • Interception Return Touchdowns: 1 (three times) Last vs. Atl 11/3/13

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