Georgia Tech's Thomas to enter draft

ATLANTA -- Demaryius Thomas announced Friday that he is leaving Georgia Tech to enter the NFL draft.

Thomas, a junior wide receiver, said he was projected by the NFL's draft advisory board that he would be a second-round pick, and that it was an extremely difficult decision.

"I'm leaving," Thomas told ESPN.com. "It was tough, man, basically it was so tough, I didn't want to leave Coach [Paul] Johnson. I'm going to miss Coach."

At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, Thomas is an unusually big receiver with good speed. He led the Yellow Jackets with 46 receptions and led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 1,154 yards receiving and about 25 yards per catch this season.

He caught passes in 29 straight games before he was shut out in Georgia Tech's 24-14 Orange Bowl loss to Iowa on Tuesday.

"I guess everybody was OK with it," he said. "It was just my decision. Coach told me he wanted the best for me."

Georgia Tech is awaiting announcements from at least three more highly rated juniors: defensive end Derrick Morgan, running back Jonathan Dwyer and safety Morgan Burnett. Morgan and Dwyer are rated as probable first-round picks.

Thomas said he has not hired an agent yet.

Information from ESPN.com's Heather Dinich and The Associated Press was used in this report.