Second big-named junior wide out heading for draft

LSU junior receiver Michael Clayton has decided to forego his senior season and will enter the NFL Draft, he announced today at a press conference. Clayton leaves Baton Rouge with a slew of records and the blessing of head coach Nick Saban.

Michael Clayton's father said according to information obtained from the NFL's Advisory Committee his son expects to be drafted in the mid- to late-first round.  Clayton, productive from the day he stepped into an LSU jersey, is the only player in school history to have at least 700 yards receiving in three straight years.  He finished the season with 78 receptions for 1079 receiving yards and ten scores, all career highs.

"It has been a privilege to be a part of one of the greatest teams in LSU history," Clayton said. "I feel like I have experienced the highest point of success that a collegiate athlete could be a part of and that is winning a national championship. That will be a memory that will last me for the rest of my life. I think it is in my best interest and my family's best interest to forego my senior year and enter myself into the 2004 draft."

"It has been a situation that I have been counseled for and I feel very comfortable doing. By saying that, my last comment to the LSU family, faculty, staff, fans, the support from you guys has been excellent. Everywhere I go, I will always carry the LSU pride with me."

TFY Analysis: This comes as no secret as we were advised back in the middle of November Clayton would be entering the draft and who could blame him?  He is a dominant, game controlling wide out that will shoot up draft boards if he can run under a 4.5 prior to April.  A top 15 pick now, maybe even higher.

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