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Michael Mayer Declares For 2023 NFL Draft

Dec 7, 2022 2:27 PM

Michael Mayer has declared for the 2023 NFL draft and will skip Notre Dame's Gator Bowl appearance against South Carolina.

Mayer is the top rated tight end in the class and No. 8 overall on ESPN's Big Board.

"I've really enjoyed my experience at Notre Dame," Mayer told ESPN. "The first reason I picked Notre Dame was the NFL, it was on my mind a very, very long time. I saw a lot of good tight ends in in the NFL from Notre Dame. That was one of the main reasons I went there."

Mayer got the nickname "Baby Gronk" as a Notre Dame freshman. Mayer said he studies Travis Kelce more than Rob Gronkowski. 

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Kayvon Thibodeaux Leaves Oregon For 2022 NFL Draft

Dec 7, 2021 12:14 PM

Kayvon Thibodeaux said Monday night he will forgo his senior season at Oregon and declare for the NFL draft.

Thibodeaux will also skip Oregon's bowl game in the Valero Alamo Bowl.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has Thibodeaux rated No. 1 overall in his latest Big Board. Fellow ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has him as the No. 2-rated prospect in this year's class.


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Joseph Ossai Leaves Texas For 2021 NFL Draft

Dec 14, 2020 1:39 PM

Joseph Ossai is leaving Texas for the 2021 NFL draft. Ossai will stop playing for the Longhorns immediately.

Ossai is Mel Kiper's second ranked outside linebacker in the draft class.

"Now that our regular season has ended, I have made the tough decision to go ahead and begin to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft," he said in a statement. "As a kid, I dreamt of playing at Texas and going on to play in the NFL. I feel the time is now right, and even though it is bittersweet I am excited to face this new challenge."

The Longhorns potentially have only a bowl game remaining this season, should they choose to accept a bid.

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Kyler Murray Declares For 2019 NFL Draft

Jan 14, 2019 6:02 PM

Kyler Murray has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Murray can choose between the NFL and MLB depending on his draft stock.

Murray has a contract with the Oakland Athletics that includes a $4.66 million signing bonus.

The A's selected Murray with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. The A's supported Murray's decision to enter the draft, but they could be under increased pressure to improve his contract.

In just his first season as a starter, Murray threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for another 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns in leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff semifinals this year.


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Dwayne Haskins Leaves Ohio State For NFL Draft

Jan 8, 2019 9:53 AM

Dwayne Haskins has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Haskins is a projected first round pick at quarterback.

Haskins finished third in Heisman Trophy voting.

Haskins' NFL decision was telegraphed by Justin Fields, the Georgia quarterback who announced Friday he was transferring to Ohio State.


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Lamar Jackson Declares For 2018 NFL Draft

Jan 5, 2018 11:23 AM

Lamar Jackson has declared for the NFL draft.

Jackson won the Heisman Trophy in 2016 and was a finalist this year.

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Jackson as the No. 7 draft-eligible quarterback for 2018.

"My time in Louisville has produced some of the best memories of my life," Jackson wrote on Twitter. "I have had the pleasure of being in the presence of some of the best professors, coaches, advisers, training staff, athletes and fans, in the nation. With their help, I have been able to grow not only as a quarterback, but as a teammate, student, and most of all, a man."

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Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold Declare For NFL Draft

Jan 3, 2018 9:00 PM

Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen have each declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Darnold and Rosen are expected to be amongst the top picks in the draft.

In his Instagram video, Darnold thanked his family, friends and the USC coaching staff, especially head coach Clay Helton, for "trusting in a kid from San Clemente High School with such little game tape and for giving me the opportunity and chance to start at such an incredible university."

ESPN analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have Rosen as the top-rated draft-eligible quarterback. Kiper has Rosen at fourth overall in his latest Big Board. McShay has him No. 1 overall in his latest Top 32.


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Josh Allen Leaves Wyoming For 2018 NFL Draft

Dec 23, 2017 8:55 AM

Josh Allen has announced he will leave Wyoming to enter the 2018 NFL draft.

Allen made the announcement after Wyoming's 37-14 win over Central Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise.

John Elway was in attendance to scout Allen.

Allen is rated No. 3 on ESPN's Big Board at the quarterback position.

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Jabrill Peppers Leaving Michigan For 2017 NFL Draft

Jan 10, 2017 3:13 PM

Jabrill Peppers is leaving Michigan to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Peppers earned the reputation as one of the elite players in college football in 2016 after switching from defensive back to a hybrid safety/linebacker.

“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do,” Peppers said. “I’m choosing between cementing my legacy as a college player and starting my pro legacy. It’s something you dream of when you were a kid. I was torn between the two.”

Peppers informed Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh of his decision in a meeting in Harbaugh’s office on Monday.

“He thanked me and told me it was a pleasure to coach me,” Peppers said. “I told him it was a pleasure to play for him. He molded me for the next level, that’s how he operates. He runs his program like an NFL team. He’s done more than enough to prepare me for this moment.”

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Deshaun Watson To Enter 2017 NFL Draft

Jan 11, 2017 12:55 AM

After leading Clemson to a thrilling victory over Alabama in the national title game, Deshaun Watson confirmed that he will leave school for the 2017 NFL Draft.

"It's my time to go," Watson said.

Watson was named the offensive MVP of the game after going 36-for-56 for 420 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 43 yards and a fourth touchdown in the Tigers' 35-31 win.

He was a Heisman Trophy finalist the past two seasons, finishing third in 2015 and second in 2016.

"Whoever picks me up is gonna get a champion, not just on the field, but off the field, and just a champion at heart who'll make people around him better," Watson told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt. "I'm just gonna go to work, and regardless of my situation or where I go, I'm gonna play my role and do the best I can do."


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Leonard Fournette Declares For 2017 NFL Draft
RealGM's Jeff Risdon lists Leonard Fournette as the fourth best projected running back available in the draft.

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Christian Hackenberg Leaves Penn State For 2016 NFL Draft
Christian Hackenberg is listed by ESPN as the fifth-best among draft-eligible quarterbacks and third among underclassmen.

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Paxton Lynch Declares For NFL Draft
Paxton Lynch was 17-of-38 for 104 yards and an interception in the Birmingham Bowl.

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Jared Goff To Leave Cal For NFL Draft
Todd McShay projects Goff as the second-best quarterback in the 2016 draft class, behind Memphis' Paxton Lynch.

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Marcus Mariota To Leave Oregon For 2015 NFL Draft
Marcus Mariota already completed his degree in General Science at Oregon.

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Johnny Manziel Declares For 2014 NFL Draft
Johnny Manziel is widely expected to be a first round pick.


De'Anthony Thomas Enters NFL Draft
De'Anthony Thomas scored 46 touchdowns in three seasons at Oregon.

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Jadeveon Clowney To Declare For 2014 NFL Draft
Jadeveon Clowney is widely considered the best prospect in the draft.


Teddy Bridgewater To Declare For Draft
Teddy Bridgewater is widely expected to be the first quarterback selected.

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Jarvis Jones To Declare For 2013 NFL Draft
Jarvis Jones is projected as going No. 2 overall in Jeff Risdon's most recent mock draft on RealGM.

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UNC's Bernard Declares For Draft
Giovani Bernard, ranked No. 11 in the country in rushing yards per game (122.8), is ranked No. 1 at his position by ESPN and No. 52 overall.

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Marcus Lattimore To Declare For NFL Draft
Marcus Lattimore has spoken with other running backs who came back from knee injuries such as Willis McGahee, Frank Gore and Eddie George.

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Oregon's Darron Thomas To Enter NFL Draft
Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas has signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus and will train in Los Angeles.


Robert Griffin III Headed To NFL
The Baylor quarterback officially declared for the NFL Draft on Wednesday.

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USC DE Perry To Enter NFL Draft
USC junior defensive end Nick Perry intends to apply for entry to the 2012 NFL Draft, the school announced Saturday.


Auburn's Adams Entering NFL Draft
Darvin Adams set an SEC championship game record with 217 yards receiving.


Georgia's Houston Enters NFL Draft
Justin Houston joins Bulldogs teammate A.J. Green in the draft pool.


Nick Fairley To Skip Senior Season
Nick Fairley doesn't think there is anything else he can accomplish at Auburn.


Ryan Williams Will Enter NFL Draft
Virginia Tech will lose their top two running backs to the NFL.


Georgia's A.J. Green Declares For Draft
A.J. Green is projected to be a very high pick.