Stanford's Brown declares for draft

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A day after Stanford tight ends Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo declared for the NFL draft, defensive back Terrence Brown has done the same.

Brown started all 14 games for the Cardinal this past season and finished with 65 tackles, including three tackles for a loss. He had one interception and was second on the team with nine pass breakups and third on the team with 10 passes deflected.

Here is a statement from Brown released through the university:

"I have decided to forgo my final season at Stanford and make myself eligible for the 2013 NFL draft. I would like to thank the entire Stanford football program, especially Coach [David] Shaw and Coach [Derek] Mason, for helping to put me in this position. My admission to Stanford University in 2009 was a life-changing event for me, and all of the faculty, students and staff I have met since have truly blessed and enriched me. I will forever and always be a Cardinal. The past four years have been a great experience for me at Stanford, and I feel well prepared to move on to the next level.

"I am on track to graduate from Stanford University in June with my degree in Science, Technology & Society and feel excited to move on to the next chapter of my life. I would like to thank my family for supporting me throughout my college career, and to thank God for blessing me with my talent and opportunity."

Brown leaves behind a defense that should be loaded again next season. With the recent announcements that defensive end Ben Gardner and linebackers Shayne Skov and Trent Murphy are coming back, the Cardinal should again be one of the top defensive units in the conference and country.

Brown was an All-Pac-12 honorable mention pick in 2012.