WR Justin Hunter will opt for draft

Updated: January 9, 2013, 3:36 PM ET
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Topflight Tennessee receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, along with quarterback Tyler Bray and defensive end Darrington Sentimore, are bypassing their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft.

The university announced their decisions in a release Wednesday.

Hunter is ranked first among prospective junior receivers and 25th overall by ESPN Scouts Inc. Patterson is ranked third among junior wideouts and 32nd overall. Bray is sixth among junior quarterbacks but unranked overall.

Patterson caught 46 passes for 778 yards and five touchdowns this fall as a first-team all-Southeastern Conference all-purpose player. Hunter had 73 receptions for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns as a second-team all-SEC pick.

Bray threw for 3,612 yards and 34 touchdowns this season to rank second on Tennessee's single-season list in both categories, behind Peyton Manning's 3,819 yards and 36 touchdown passes in 1997. Bray also threw 12 interceptions.

Sentimore had 18 overall tackles -- five for loss -- and a team-high four sacks this fall.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.