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Maryland's Quinton Jefferson declares for NFL Draft

A second defensive lineman has left the team early for the NFL.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson will skip his senior season to enter the NFL Draft, he announced on Twitter Thursday.

After playing defensive end for his first two-plus seasons at Maryland, he kicked inside to defensive tackle when the defense switched from a 3-4 to a 4-3. He rebounded nicely after suffering a season-ending injury three games into his 2014 season, finishing his redshirt junior year second on the team in sacks with 6.5 and third in tackles for loss with 12.5.

He is the Terps' second defensive lineman to leave early for the draft in 2015, following Yannick Ngakoue, the team's single-season sack record-holder.

Since it would have been his fifth year with the team, Jefferson would have been Maryland's longest-tenured defensive lineman. The team's depth chart at defensive tackle now consists of David Shaw, Kingsley Opara, Azubuike Ukandu, and probably Adam McLean, assuming he re-enrolls at the university.