One year after the Jacksonville State saw their first NFL draftee in quite some time, the program threatens to soon add another to the league.
Last week, junior safety Pierre Warren declared for the NFL draft early. It’s a decision often brought upon athletes at the larger universities in the state, but Warren’s skills have clearly attracted a lot of attention already.
In 2013 Jax State’s receiver Alan Bonner was drafted in the sixth round by the Houston Texans.
However, a hamstring injury kept Bonner off the field in his first season. Now, Warren hopes to join Bonner in the league as a competitor, or a slim chance, as a teammate once again.
“This is something that I’ve been considering since our playoff run,” said Warren. “After talking to my family and Coach Clark, I think it’s in my best interest to leave school early and enter the NFL draft.”
The native of Prattville, AL was a key leader on the team, much less the defense. He was a first-team All-Conference selection this season in the Ohio Valley after leading the team in interceptions and pass breakups. The hard-hitting secondary defender was never shy of attempting to score either with long returns for touchdowns in his career.
This season Warren had an interception returned for a score and a fumble he returned to the opponent’s one-yard line.
The NFL draft will be in May.