The Oklahoma football program is losing yet another star player on the offensive side of the ball.
On Wednesday afternoon, star offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. announced he will not be returning to Norman for his final year of eligibility. Instead, he has made the decision to make the leap to the pros and will declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.
“After talking things over with my family and coaches, I will be declaring early for the NFL Draft,” Brown wrote on Twitter. “It’s been an amazing 4 years here. I wouldn’t want to be a part of any other university. Thank you Sooner Nation!”
Brown is projected as one of the top offensive tackles in the 2018 draft class and is expected to be a first-round pick.
The 6-foot-8, 345-pounder is the son of former NFL offensive tackle Orlando Brown. During his lengthy career which spanned from 1993-2005, Brown started in 119 games for the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. Brown passed away in 2011 at the age of 40 due to complications from diabetes.
The 2018 NFL Draft takes place April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.