Dural, a 6-2, 203-pound draft-eligible junior, tore his hamstring in the 10th game of LSU’s season – a serious injury that needed surgery. Dural has a five-month recovery from hamstring surgery, he told The Advocate. He would have missed the NFL Combine, set for Feb. 23-29 and, possibly, LSU’s Pro Day, scheduled for late March.
Dural was ranked as the eighth-best player in the 2016 draft and was projected as a second-to-third round draft pick, according to CBSSports.com.
Dural led LSU in receptions (37) and receiving yards (758) as a sophomore in 2014. He had 28 catches for 528 yards this past season in 10 games. Dural passed on the NFL draft after his sophomore season. He was draft-eligible after redshirting as a true freshman.
It’s unclear if Dural requested an evaluation grade from the NFL College Advisory Committee. Four of six players who requested a grade have announced their decisions. Left tackle Jerald Hawkins is turning pro, he announced. Center Ethan Pocic and defensive linemen Christian LaCouture and Lewis Neal are returning for their senior seasons, they said.
Defensive back Tre’Davious White has not made a decision, his father said Friday, but he’s back in Baton Rouge. Linebacker Kendell Beckwith has also not announced.
Underclassmen must declare by 4 p.m. (CT) Monday, and they until Friday to pull their name out of the draft.
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