Rutgers linebacker Steve Longa is NFL bound after a formal declaration for the 2016 draft Tuesday afternoon on social media.
Longa became a tackling machine in three years as a Rutgers starter. The Saddle Brook, N.J. star started as both a middle and weakside linebacker under coach Kyle Flood. He passed the century mark in all three seasons with 342 career tackles.
Longa earned a defensive MVP award from Rutgers for his 117 tackles and five TFLs in 11 games.
Rutgers loses all three linebacker starters from this season with Kaiwan Lewis and Quentin Gause also NFL draft hopefuls. Sophomore Deonte Roberts (W), senior Isaiah Johnson (M) and sophomore T.J. Taylor (S) head into winter workouts as the projected starters.
Longa joins a long list of early NFL departures at Rutgers, which most recently includes tight end Tyler Kroft (third round), wide receiver Brandon Coleman (undrafted), cornerback Logan Ryan (third round) and running back Jawan Jamison (seventh round).