The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and eligible players have been declaring their intentions to go pro since the end of college football’s regular season.
Today, reports are indicating that this year’s safety class will receive a top-tier prospect.
According to Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post, all signs point towards Florida Gators safety Matt Elam entering the 2013 NFL Draft. At least that is the word that his football coach from West Palm Beach Dwyer (Fla.) High School Jack Daniels — yes, we chuckled at his name too — is passing around.
“I think he’s got his mind made up,” Daniels told Lieser. “He’s gone.
“He has the opportunity to be a high draft choice and make more in his signing bonus than most people make in 30 years. It’d be a bad business decision if he didn’t. If somebody told you they’d pay you a million dollars, would you go back to school?”
Elam is projected to go in the first-round.
This season, Elam was a first-team All-American selection. He led the Gators in interceptions and his 65 tackles was enough to rank second among the Florida defenders. He will be missed by the Gators defense, but they will wish him well as he takes his talents to the next level.