Washington State DT Mata'afa to enter NFL Draft

Jan 1, 2018 - 5:07 PM Washington State redshirt junior Hercules Mata'afa, who wreaked havoc as an undersized defensive tackle this season, declared Sunday night that he will enter the NFL Draft.

Mata'afa (6-2, 252) projects more as a defensive end/outside linebacker/edge rusher in the pros after a season in which he posted 22.5 tackles for loss, including 10.5 sacks.

NFLDraftScout.com projects Mata'afa as a second-round talent and the second-best junior at outside linebacker. His offseason workouts will help identify where he fits best in the NFL, perhaps as a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker.

Mata'afa ended his Cougars career with 47 tackles for loss, including 22.5 sacks.

Here is a list of underclassmen who have announced their intention to enter the 2018 draft. The deadline to declare is Jan. 15.



QUARTERBACKS

Josh Allen, Wyoming

Tanner Lee, Nebraska



RUNNING BACKS

Saquon Barkley, Penn State

John Kelly, Tennessee

Mark Walton, Miami



WIDE RECEIVERS

Antonio Callaway, Florida

Simmie Cobbs, Indiana

Keke Coutee, Texas Tech

Quadree Henderson, Pittsburgh

Richie James, Middle Tennessee

D.J. Moore, Maryland

Trey Quinn, SMU

Courtland Sutton, SMU



TIGHT ENDS

Hayden Hurst, South Carolina



OFFENSIVE GUARDS

Taylor Hearn, Clemson

Maea Teuhema, Southeastern Louisiana



OFFENSIVE TACKLES

Brian O'Neill, Pittsburgh

Connor Williams, Texas



DEFENSIVE ENDS

Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, Toledo

Sam Hubbard, Ohio State

Hercules Mata'afa, Washington State

Breeland Speaks, Ole Miss

Josh Sweat, Florida State



DEFENSIVE TACKLES

Taven Bryan, Florida

Vita Vea, Washington



LINEBACKERS

Frank Ginda, San Jose State

Malik Jefferson, Texas

Andre Smith, North Carolina

Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State



CORNERBACKS

Jaire Alexander, Louisville

Holton Hill, Texas

JC Jackson, Maryland

Nick Nelson, Wisconsin

Isaiah Oliver, Colorado

Denzel Ward, Ohio State



SAFETIES

DeShon Elliott, Texas

Derwin James, Florida State

Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh



SPECIALISTS

Michael Dickson (P), Texas

Eddy Pineiro (PK), Florida






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