Auburn tackle Avery Young revealed his future plans Wednesday night in an interview with NFL Network reporter Rand Getlin.
“After four incredible years at Auburn University, I plan to submit my name for entry into the 2016 NFL Draft,” Young said. “I want to thank the Auburn family, including my coaches, school administrators and our amazing fans for supporting me during my time on the plains.”
During the season, the only time Young discussed the possibility of leaving Auburn early was the week of the Iron Bowl when he was asked if thought the game against Alabama could be his last game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
“No, not at all,” Young said. “My brothers don’t even allow that kind of talk. I just stay focused on helping this team do what we need to do.”
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The three-year starter had some time to think about the decision following his team’s 31-10 win over Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl. He is now excited to “proudly represent” Auburn in the NFL.
“No matter where my career takes me from here, one thing will always remain true: I’ll always be an Auburn Tiger. War Eagle,” Young said.
The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida started 12 of the Tigers’ 13 games this season at right tackle. Young missed the week two matchup against Jacksonville State due to an injury.
Young joins Shon Coleman as the second upperclassman to declare early for the NFL Draft. Defensive lineman Carl Lawson announced on social media he is returning for his junior season.
NFLDraftscout.com projects Young as a fourth or fifth round draft pick ranking him 14th at his position.