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Maryland cornerback JC Jackson declares for NFL Draft

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The Terps’ secondary takes another hit with Jackson going pro.

NCAA Football: Indiana at Maryland Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Cornerback JC Jackson’s time at Maryland is over.

The junior declared for the NFL Draft and will not return for his senior season, he announced on his Instagram account this weekend.

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Jackson transferred to Maryland after a controversial start to his career at Florida. In the spring of 2015, Jackson was charged with four felony counts in connection with an armed robbery and home invasion, and was forced to leave the school. He was later found not guilty of all charges. After a year at Riverside Community College, Jackson transferred to Maryland and missed last year’s season opener with what the team called an “academic issue.”

Since being cleared to play at Maryland, Jackson has been one of the Terps’ standouts on defense. Jackson recorded 40 tackles and tied for the team lead with three interceptions this season, and was named a Big Ten honorable mention.

According to WalterFootball.com, Jackson currently projects anywhere from as high as a second-round pick to as low as a fourth-round pick.

With Jackson departing and Josh Woods graduating, Maryland will now have to replace two starters in the secondary. Tino Ellis should slide atop the cornerback depth chart, with RaVon Davis and Antwaine Richardson fighting for second. Highly-touted 2017 recruit Deon Jones could compete for a starting spot as well after redshirting this year.

This is the first of many draft decisions Maryland will be waiting on this offseason. D.J. Moore, Derwin Gray and Damian Prince are likely to get selected if they declare, while Darnell Savage, Ty Johnson and Jesse Aniebonam are less sure things.