With the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft, Auburn Tigers running back Peyton Barber made sure to get his name in.
“I have decided to forego my eligibility at Auburn and enter the 2016 NFL Draft,” Barber said in a released statement, which was shared by Al.com. “This was a very tough decision for many reasons but after my family and I prayed about it, I know I am ready for the next step and that this is the best decision for me.”
A redshirt sophomore in 2015, Barber ran for 1,016 yards and 13 touchdowns. Barber joins 13 other underclassmen running backs, including Heisman winner Derrick Henry. This in addition to several senior running backs that are draft eligible, which must indicate that Barber received good feedback from his assessment by the NFL draft advisory committee.
Barber’s departure opens up some space at running back for Auburn next year, with Jovon Robinson and Roc Thomas returning.
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