Thomas Graham Jr. opts out, declares for Draft, Ducks fans show gratitude


Another dominant player is headed out of Eugene.

Thomas Graham Jr. dropped an early morning announcement on Twitter Thursday that due to the postponement of the college football season, the senior cornerback will forgo his final season with the Ducks and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.  

The 5-foot-11, 193-pound cornerback is coming off an Honorable Mention season with the Ducks last season. In 2019, Graham finished with 47 tackles, two interceptions, 12 pass breakups and one forced fumble.

Prior to his recent announcement, Graham entered his senior year as the FBS active leader in passes defended (40) and pass breakups (32).  

Here’s a look at how Ducks Nation reacted to the news:

Graham joins Outland Trophy Winner and left tackle Penei Sewell, as well as fellow cornerback Deommodore Lenoir, as the third Duck to declare for the NFL Draft this week, opting-out of the 2020-21 NFL Season. 

After the Ducks victory in the Rose Bowl, Lenoir, Graham Jr. and nose tackle Jordon Scott all announced they were skipping the 2020 NFL Draft to return for their senior season with a goal of a National Championship.

Now that the Pac-12 has elected not to play a fall season due to the coronavirus pandemic and the conference has yet to announce an official start date for competition to resume, Graham Jr., Lenoir and Sewell will now take their talents to the NFL.


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