Auburn redshirt junior cornerback Jamel Dean became the second Tigers underclassman to declare for the NFL Draft.
Previously, QB Jarrett Stidham made it known that the Music City Bowl would be his last as a college athlete.
In an Instagram post, Dean shared the news Friday night following the 63-14 blowout win over Purdue in the Music City Bowl.
“For me words cannot even explain how thankful I am to attend and play football for Auburn University,” Dean wrote. “At one point in time, football was almost taken away from me before I could even play a snap of college football. Thanks to Auburn University, I was given the opportunity to play the game I love. Also, I was able to build relationships with so many people. The bonds and memories I have made with my teammates and coaches will forever be cherished. With that being said, I will be forgoing my senior year and declaring for the NFL Draft. My family and I feel like this is the best decision for me. Once again, thank you so much Auburn!”
Dean’s Auburn career was plagued by injuries, but there’s little doubt that at 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, he has plenty of length and talent to make an impact at the next level. He finished with 30 tackles this season, including nine pass breakups and two INTs.
You can see Dean’s full Instagram post below: