Sources: Evans Headed to NFL

Multiple team sources report that Penn State's defensive end intends to declare for the 2009 Draft. He would be the second Lion end to make an early exit this year.

Penn State defensive end Maurice Evans didn't exactly have a banner junior season, with fewer tackles and sacks than he compiled during his breakout sophomore campaign.

Evans also had a highly publicized suspension from the team after police found a small amount of marijuana in his on-campus apartment early in the season.

Despite all of that, Evans will reportedly make himself eligible for the 2009 NFL Draft. Multiple team sources have told FOS that, as of Tuesday morning, Evans had decided to bypass his final year with the Lions to turn pro.

The deadline to officially declare for the 2009 Draft is Thursday.

Our sources tell us Evans grappled with this decision for weeks. But it became evident he had made up his mind to leave when he did no show up for a mandatory workout at Lasch Building Monday.

Evans won first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2007 after posting 21.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. But he ran afoul of the law following the 2008 season-opener against Coastal Carolina and was suspended for the next two games.

He never regained his form — and was passed on the depth chart by redshirt sophomore Aaron Maybin. Evans finished the regular season with 31 tackles and three sacks. He started only two of PSU's last 12 games.

Maybin, meanwhile, will announce hit intention to enter the 2009 Draft Tuesday afternoon during a motivational speech at his high school, Mount Hebron near Baltimore.

Stay tuned for more on this story as it develops.

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