Fresno State CB Marshall declares for draft

Fresno State junior cornerback Richard Marshall will enter his name in the 2006 NFL draft, coach Pat Hill said Friday.

Marshall said a board of NFL personnel evaluators projected him to be selected in the second or third round.

"Right now, Richard is in a position where he is expected to go on the first day of the draft and he believes he's ready to start making a living in the NFL," Hill said. "I can't argue with that."

Marshall is the third Bulldog to leave early for the NFL Draft since 1994 when Trent Dilfer became the sixth overall pick of the first round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last year, James Sanders declared early and went in the fourth round to the New England Patriots.

Marshall led the Bulldogs in tackles in 2005 with 78. As a three-year starter, he was selected second-team All-WAC in 2004 and 2005. He has nine career interceptions, 176 career tackles, five tackles for losses, three fumble recoveries and 22 passes broken up.

Eligible underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the NFL draft.