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Georgia junior LB Justin Houston enters NFL draft

Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston, who ranked second in the Southeastern Conference with 10 sacks this season, is skipping his senior year to enter the NFL draft.

Houston, who announced his decision Saturday, joins receiver A.J. Green as Georgia juniors in the draft. Green is projected as the top receiver in the draft; Houston is projected as a possible first-round pick.

Houston was third on the team with 67 tackles. He had 20 sacks for his career, seventh-best in school history.

Saturday was the deadline for underclassmen to enter the draft.

Houston says his decision was "very hard" and he "had to do what's best for me and my family."