Claiborne, Brockers entering NFL Draft

Fresh off its first loss of the season on Monday night, LSU suffered the first of its offseason losses.

As anticipated, cornerback Morris Claiborne and defensive tackle Michael Brockers announced at a news conference on Thursday that they would enter the NFL draft. Claiborne, a junior, will forego his final season, while Brockers, a redshirt sophomore, will enter the draft with two years of eligibility remaining.

“They have put themselves in a position to really enter the NFL draft early at an advantaged position,” LSU coach Les Miles said.

Miles, who sat between his latest professional prospects during the news conference, said Claiborne wouldn’t have a better opportunity.

“Mo is expected to be in the top 10 players, if not the top five players in the NFL draft, and the opportunity for him to improve his draft position really doesn’t exist,” Miles said.

Brockers, who said he’s seen projections of himself as anywhere from a first to a second round pick, said he made his decision with his family in mind.