The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


April 22, 2008

Lofton comfortable with decision to declare for NFL draft

Curtis Lofton isn’t looking back on his decision to forego his senior season at Oklahoma to enter Saturday’s National Football League draft.

“It was a difficult decision,’’ said the Kingfisher native before speaking to the Northwest Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes spring awards banquet at the Cherokee Strip Conference Center. “I don’t have any second thoughts. After I made the decision, I didn’t look back once.’’

Lofton plans to watch the draft with family and friends.

“I’m just going to relax and make it a celebration,’’ he said. “It’s kind of surreal to me at this point. There’s no reason to be nervous. There’s nothing I can do about it now. It’s up to the team where I go. They get to do the picking, not me.’’

Lofton sees himself going anywhere from the 15th to the 40th overall selection.

“I hope it’s somewhere where I can make some money,’’ he said.

Lofton performed before scouts at both the NFL Combine and OU’s pro day.

In the latter, he had a time of 4.67 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 4.60 and 4.54 seconds in the short shuttle. He had a jump of 9 feet, 4 inches in the broad jump and a vertical jump of 32 inches.

“I thought I did really well,’’ he said. “There are always some things you wish you did better, but that’s just life. I was pretty satisfied with what I did.’’

Lofton was measured at 6 feet and 243 pounds. Some feel the former might hold him back a little in the draft. That didn’t stop him from being voted the Big 12 Conference’s defensive player of the year after leading the Sooners to a repeat league championship.

“I definitely felt like I was ready (for the pros),’’ Lofton said.

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