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Damontae Kazee declares for the NFL Draft

The Mountain West defensive player of the year declares for the NFL Draft.

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego State Aztecs defensive back Damontae Kazee has decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2016 NFL Draft. The Mountain West defensive player of the year led the conference in interceptions with eight, including one being returned for a touchdown. He also broke up seven passes and forced two fumbles.

Those numbers not only made Kazee the conference player of the year, but he also earned second-team All-American honors from USA Today.

He announced his decision via his Instagram account.

"Been Playing this game for almost 16 years, it's time for me to move up to the next level, I want to thank all my brothas on my team, the coaching staff, and al the advisors that had to put up with me but it's time to live up to my dream and enter the 2016 NFL Draft."

Kazee is projected as the 19th cornerback per CBSSports.com in their latest draft rankings. That would make him a later round pick, if that. However, these rankings will change once All-Star games, pro days and the NFL Combine come around for more evaluation.