Earl Bennett leaving for NFL

NASHVILLE-- Vanderbilt's Earl Bennett, the SEC's all time career leader in receptions announced today that he is foregoing his senior season and entering the NFL draft. Bennett made his announcement today at a 2 p.m. news conference at Vanderbilt University.

Earl Bennett finished the 2007 season with 75 receptions, for 830 yards and five touchdowns. He ranks ninth all-time in the SEC with 2,852 receiving yards and has 20 career touchdown catches. He has 236 career catches, 28 more than the former league record.

"He's big time," said Tom Marino who is an NFL Analyst and draft expert for Scout.com. "I expect him to be one of the top wide receivers in the draft and he could go as high as the first round." Marino mentioned St. Louis, Tennessee and Miami as teams that should be looking for wide receivers in this year's draft.

The NFL draft will be held April 28-29.

Click on the link below to listen to Earl's press conference.

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