Gaulden declares for NFL Draft

Knoxville, Tenn (WVLT) -- Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden announced via Twitter he will forego his senior season and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.

As a redshirt junior he had 65 tackles, 39 solo. He forced three fumbles and had one interception. He had a career-high ten tackles against Florida.

Gaulden had this to say on Twitter, "After a lot of thought, prayers and counsel from my family and close friends, I have decided to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. It has been an honor to wear the Orange and White, and represent the Power T while playing in Neyland Stadium the last four years. To my brothers, the memories will last a lifetime and I will always have your back. To my coaches, thank you for believing in me and developing me into a versatile defensive back. To Vol Nation, THANK YOU for believing in me. There is NO BETTER fan base in the country. The process begins for me now as I prepare to pursue my dream of playing in the National Football League."

Gaulden is the second player off Team 121 declaring for the draft. John Kelly announced his decision to forego his senior year and enter the draft last week.