The All-American career of Greedy Williams at LSU has come to an end.
The cornerback, a projected top-10 draft pick, declared for the 2019 NFL Draft in a tweet on Sunday afternoon. An LSU official confirmed that the Jim Thorpe Award finalist would sit out the Fiesta Bowl in order to prepare for the draft.
“We wish him and his family the best,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “I haven’t met with all my juniors yet, so I was going to announce it at the end when I had a final meeting with everybody. But we wish him the best.”
LSU will now be without both of its starting cornerbacks against undefeated UCF in Glendale. Kristian Fulton will miss the game after undergoing ankle surgery, Orgeron announced Sunday.
Looking down the depth chart, LSU will have Kary Vincent, Kelvin Joseph, Terrence Alexander and Mannie Netherly at the position. The Tigers will have to piece things together in the secondary against a high-scoring UCF offense, albeit one that lost star quarterback McKenzie Milton.
A two-year starter at cornerback, Williams pulled in two interceptions and defended 11 passes this season. He intercepted 11 passes as a redshirt freshman in 2017.
“I Have been blessed by God with a beautiful and supportive family. My blessings also include my LSU Tiger Family, both on and off the field. It is with those abundant blessings in mind that I have chosen to pursue to enter the 2019 NFL Draft” #BeGreedy pic.twitter.com/pAIq6T4vIN
— Greedy Williams ™️ (@G_Will29) December 2, 2018