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U of I's Benn to Enter NFL Draft
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois receiver Arrelious Benn will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

The junior said at a news conference Wednesday he thinks he is ready for the National Football League and wants to take care of his family.

Benn is considered a top prospect and high-round pick even after a disappointing junior season at Illinois. Draft expert and former NFL general manager Gil Brandt believes Benn will be a second-round pick.

Benn was top prospect out of high school in Washington, D.C., and the Big Ten freshman of the year in 2007. The Illini went to the Rose Bowl that season.

He struggled with the team the past two seasons. Illinois was 3-9 this season and Benn caught just 38 passes for 490 yards.

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