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Oregon State Football: Hamilcar Rashed Heads to the NFL

The star of Oregon State’s linebacker group is heading to the pros.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 14 Oregon State at Washington Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Hamilcar Rashed Jr., Oregon State’ star outside linebacker, announced today that he is forgoing his season of eligibility and declaring for the NFL Draft.

Rashed has been a beast for the Beavers during his four years at Oregon State. He got a lot of notice for his 2019 season, when he led the nation with 22.5 tackles for loss. He was also third in the nation with 14 sacks that year. He finishes his career at OSU with 144 total tackles, 44 tackles for loss, and 16.5 sacks.

Many expected Rashed to head to the pros last year, and it might have been the right call. His 2020 season wasn’t terrible, but it didn’t match the highs we’d seen from Hamilcar before. He had 23 tackles, four for a loss, and no sacks this year.

That said, he’s still projected to go fairly early in the draft, with most draft coverage pegging him as a second round selection. A good combine could do wonders for Rashed’s draft stock.

Rashed is not the only Beaver that could be looking to enter the draft early. A lot of eyes are on Jermar Jefferson, who could also be set to leave early after having a fantastic 2020 season.