Burfict on entering the draft

Arizona State junior linebacker Vontaze Burfict made it official Tuesday afternoon that he will be entering the NFL draft.

The 6-3, 250-pound linebacker released this statement to ASU:

"After thoughtful and in-depth discussions with my family, I have decided to skip my final year of eligibility at Arizona State University and make myself eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft. I would like to thank every one of my coaches and professors at ASU. I plan to return to ASU and get my degree and I will always support the university and its football program. I cherish the memories and great times I had as a student-athlete at ASU and I hope to make the university proud of my future accomplishments on and off the field."