LSU will have to find a replacement along the line of scrimmage as offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins announced he will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
“After much thought and prayer with my family, I have decided to bypass my final year of eligibility and pursue a career in the NFL,” Hawkins announced on social media. “These years at LSU have been nothing short of amazing, but I feel I am ready for the next stage in my athletic career.”
Hawkins, a three-year starter, is LSU’s first draft eligible junior to announce he will go to the NFL. Six Tigers reportedly requested draft grades from the NFL’s College Advisory Board.
Although Hawkins will opt to leave Baton Rouge, La., he said LSU will always remain a big part of his life.
“I’m honored to be able to call myself a LSU Tiger for the rest of my life,” Hawkins said. “This is not a goodbye but a thank you for the moments and memories that will be with me for a lifetime.”