Tigers safety Grant Delpit, the Jim Thorpe Award victor, and linebacker Patrick Queen both announced Wednesday that they will forgo their senior seasons and declare for the 2020 National Football League draft.
Charles made the announcement via social media Wednesday.
"We just had a flawless year", Jefferson said. They were already looking at losing seniors such as Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow, cornerback Kristian Fulton and offensive linemen Adrian Magee and Damien Lewis, but now have other holes to fill in 2020.
The 6-foot-1, 227-pound Queen totaled 40 tackles as a sophomore in 2018.
Kiper ranks Delpit as the top draft-eligible safety and No. 10 overall prospect for the 2020 draft.
Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire says he is entering the draft too.
Jefferson led LSU in catches with 111 and ranked second on the team with 1,540 yards receiving, finishing with nine catches for 106 yards against Clemson. It is doubtful that the Cincinnati Bengals or Washington Redskins would entertain the idea of trading out of the first two picks, but business is open at No. 3 with the Detroit Lions.
Delpit dealt with injuries throughout 2019 but the three-year starter still finishes his career with 199 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 24 passes defended, eight interceptions and seven sacks. The Tigers are still awaiting final word on a handful of other National Football League draft prospects, including edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson and tight end Thaddeus Moss.
The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is January 20. The draft takes place April 23-25 in Las Vegas.