Nazair Jones has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.
The redshirt junior defensive tackle will forgo his final year of eligibility, a decision he announced Friday on Instagram.
The University of North Carolina has changed me so much since the first day I stepped on campus.Throughout my career, I have been with a family of brothers and found people that have become my closest friends. They know I have an amazing opportunity to play at the next level, so I have decided to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft and forgo my fifth year of NCAA eligibility. I want to thank our amazing coaching staff, support staff and an incredible fan base. I know Tar Heel nation will always have my back! We still have one more opportunity to finish 1-0 and cap this season off on a positive note. Let's go get one more "W" for the TAR HEEL NATION!!!
After redshirting his first year at UNC, the 6-foot-5 lineman from Roanoke Rapids, Virginia, led the Tar Heels in tackles for loss (7.5) in 2014. The next season, he was named to the All-ACC third team but missed the final game of the season, when North Carolina allowed a record-645 rushing yards to Baylor in a 49-38 loss.