Chris Faulk becomes 10th LSU underclassman to leave early for the 2013 NFL Draft

LSU Tigers tackle Chris Faulk (76) in action against the Texas A&M Aggies during the 2011 Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

If you are a college football fan living outside of Baton Rouge, a total and complete lack of familiarity with LSU offensive lineman Chris Faulk is absolutely forgivable.

On Wednesday, Faulk’s agency, ProSports Management, tweeted that the Tigers junior would officially be declaring for the 2013 NFL Draft.

In spite of the fact that Faulk only appeared in one game the entire 2012 season.

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A few days after LSU lambasted North Texas in the first week of the college football season, Faulk went down with a knee injury in practice. Unfortunately, he was not able to make a return to the playing field this year. Thus, most draft experts, fans, and even members of the athletic department believed Faulk would be returning for his senior season on campus in order to prove his value not only to NFL teams, but to his own teammates and coaches.

Those people were all wrong.

Faulk’s decision now puts the Tigers’ record underclassmen-exodus to the pros at a whopping 10 — ten!

According to ESPN: Three defensive linemen in Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery and Bennie Logan, two running backs Spencer Ware and Michael Ford,  a linebacker in Kevin Minter, a safety in Eric Reid, another defensive back in cornerback Tharold Simon and punter Brad Wing (and two turtle doves, of course).

No word yet on where he might be taken come draft weekend, but obviously his selection is going to rely heavily on his pre-draft workouts and interviews.

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