Mississippi WR Brown declares for draft; three receivers to skip bowls

Mississippi wide receiver A.J. Brown (1) is a two-time first-team all-SEC selection.Photo Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

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Mississippi receiver A.J. Brown announced on social media that he will forego his senior college season and make himself available for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Since the Rebels did not qualify for a postseason game, Brown does not have to decide whether he would play in a bowl game. However, three other wide receivers did announce that they will sit out their teams’ bowl games.

North Carolina State’s Kelvin Harmon, Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry and South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel confirmed that they will not play in their teams’ bowl games and will instead focus on training for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Brown said on his personal Twitter account Tuesday afternoon, “Thank you to the Ole Miss family. You have welcomed me with open arms. Ole Miss is a special place & has been since I took my first official visit. … I’ll never forget the place that turned me into a man.”

NFLDraftScout.com projects in its mock draft that Brown will be the 20th overall selection in the first round of the upcoming draft.

Brown had 189 career receptions for 2,984 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was named first-team All-SEC each of the past two seasons, and was one of three unanimous selections in 2018 (Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen were the other two).