Nov 23, 2019; Tempe, AZ, USA; Oregon Ducks cornerback Thomas Graham Jr. (4) against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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Oregon CB Graham declares for NFL draft

Oregon cornerback Thomas Graham Jr. announced Thursday that he is declaring for the NFL draft.

Graham is the third Oregon player this week to declare, joining fellow cornerback Deommodore Lenoir and star offensive lineman Penei Sewell.

“I was excited to return to the University of Oregon for my senior season,” Graham wrote in his announcement on Twitter. “My plan was to leave it all out on the field with my brothers one last time and bring home the national championship. I was excited to finish what we started — but due to the cancellation of the season, I’ve decided to forgo my final year of eligibility and declare for the 2021 NFL draft.”

The Pac-12 postponed its fall season due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the league is hoping to play in the spring.

Graham considered leaving for the NFL following the 2019 season but the NFL College Advisory Committee recommended he stay in school and play his senior season.

Graham had 64 tackles (five for loss), two interceptions and a forced fumble last season. He had three interceptions in both 2017 and 2018.

Overall, he had 182 tackles (10.5 for losses), eight interceptions and 40 passes defended in 40 games during his career, per Oregon athletics. Graham was the active leader nationally in passes defended entering the 2020 season.

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