By Tim Polzer
January 01, 2014

Jadeveon Clowney is Getty Images) Jadeveon Clowney is projected to be a top-5 or higher pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. (Getty Images)

Jadeveon Clowney and the South Carolina Gamecocks had just completed a 34-24 win over Wisconsin at the Capital One Bowl on Wednesday afternoon, when the highly touted defensive end said in his on-field interview with ESPN that he will declare for the next NFL Draft.

Clowney's decision to leave South Carolina following his junior season was expected. He has been widely projected to be a top-5 pick and possibly the first player taken in the 2014 NFL Draft in May.

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“I knew this time would come one day,” he said Tuesday prior to the game. “I'm just happy it's coming.”

Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater reportedly will announce he'll pass up his senior season for the draft.

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