Arguably the best playmaking LB in the NCAA, Shaq Thompson finished the season with four defensive TDs and 81 tackles.
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Washington Huskies star LB Shaq Thompson has decided to forego his final year of college to enter the 2015 NFL draft.
Thompson earned All-America honors after finishing with 81 tackles and four defensive touchdowns this year. He brings a ton of versatility on offense as well, ranking third on the team with 456 yards rushing on 61 carries and rushed for over 100 yards in each of his two starts on offense. He received the prestigious Paul Hornung Award, which is given to the nation’s most versatile player – the last two winners, West Virginia WR Tavon Austin and LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr., were both drafted in the top 15 of the following year’s draft.
“After careful prayer and consideration and speaking with my family and (Washington) Coach (Chris) Petersen at great lengths, I have decided to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft,” Thompson said in a statement. “This was not an easy decision for me, I love the University of Washington, and everything the U-Dub community has done for me these past three years.”
“Shaq Thompson has been a wonderful representative of the University of Washington and the Husky football team, and he has our full support as he takes this important step,” Petersen said in a statement. “I look forward to what’s to come for him and to watching him embark on what will be a long, successful NFL career.”
Thompson is projected to be a first round pick in the 2015 draft. Among teams that might be most interested in his services would be the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans – all of whom need help at the LB position.