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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Rhodes, Thompson to leave for NFL draft

By Andrea Adelson

Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes and running back Chris Thompson have decided to enter the NFL draft, the first in what could be a wave of more players to leave.

Rhodes, a junior, said he has been projected as a late-first-round or early-second-round pick.

"I'm gone," Rhodes told ESPN on Tuesday. "I did all I could in college. If I was to come back, I don't think my status would be getting any better."

Thompson, who sustained season-ending injuries the last two seasons, told The Orlando Sentinel he would also head to the draft instead of trying to get a sixth year at Florida State.

Defensive end Brandon Jenkins has already declared himself eligible for the draft. Two more players -- defensive end Bjoern Werner and safety Lamarcus Joyner, said after the Orange Bowl game Tuesday they would take a few days before announcing whether they, too, would leave school for the NFL draft.