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Indiana's Devine Redding foregoes final season of eligibilty to enter the NFL Draft

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Redding becomes the third straight Indiana running back to leave early for the NFL, following in the footsteps of Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard.

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In a surprising, but sensible, move- Devine Redding is off to the NFL.

Redding has put together back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing campaigns for the Hoosiers and is likely in a position in which his stock can't get much higher than it already is. Coupled with the risk associated with another year of the kind of brutal hits a season in the Big Ten avails you to, it makes sense for Redding to make the jump now.

NFL Draft Scout currently has him ranked as the 18th best running back in the 2018 draft class, making it difficult to assess where he might go in a 2017 class that's loaded with running back talent. There is no clear-cut replacement on the roster for the Hoosiers, though we can assume that the likes of Camion Patrick, Devonte Williams, and Tyler Natee will be the primary candidates to step into the lead back role.