With UCLA safety Rahim Moore joining linebacker Akeem Ayers in declaring for the NFL draft a year early, the Bruins lose their two best defensive players who could have returned in 2011.
But neither departure is a surprise. Both are ready for the NFL. And both are potential first-round selections.
Moore is a three-year starter who led the nation with 10 interceptions in 2009. His numbers were down this season, but he still earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors. He had 77 tackles and one interception this season.
And here's the list Pac-10 players leaving early for the draft.
Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
Tyron Smith, OT, USC
Shane Vereen, RB, California
Thomas Keiser, DE, Stanford
Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA