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Jacksonville State's Pierre Warren entering 2014 NFL Draft

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John Raoux / Associated Press
Jacksonville State's Pierre Warren helped his team reach the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs.

Jacksonville State free safety Pierre Warren is bypassing his senior season and entering the draft, the school announced Friday.

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Warren (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) was a key figure on defense that helped the Gamecocks reach the quarterfinal round of the FCS playoffs. He finished with 76 tackles; five interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown; 12 pass breakups; three fumble recoveries; and a forced fumble.

Warren is athletic, has good size and runs well (4.53 in the 40). In four career games against FBS schools, including three SEC opponents, Warren had 22 tackles, a pass breakup and two fumble recoveries. Pre-draft workouts will be big for Warren, who seems likely to be a late-round pick or an undrafted free agent.

"After talking to my family and Coach [Bill] Clark, I think it's in my best interest to leave school early and enter the NFL draft," Warren said in a prepared statement released by the school.

Warren, who was a two-year starter for Jacksonville State, was a first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection this season.

Jacksonville State wide receiver Alan Bonner was a sixth-round pick by the Houston Texans in the 2013 draft; he was the first player selected from the school since 1991.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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