Clemson players declare for NFL draft

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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson cornerback Trayvon Mullen is headed to the NFL draft.

Mullen and fellow Tigers starter linebacker Tre Lamar announced their intentions Wednesday to forego their senior seasons to turn pro. The two are the first of what's expected to be several defensive starters who will leave the school for the NFL draft.

Mullen had an interception, a sack and forced a fumble in Clemson' 44-16 victory Alabama for its second national title in three seasons. At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, the defensive MVP for the national championship game is considered a potential first-round selection.

Lamar is a 6-4, 255-pound junior who was third on Clemson with 80 tackles.

Several other Clemson players, including defensive end Clelin Ferrell and defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, have not announced whether they will turn pro. Players have until Monday to decide.