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Stanford star left tackle Andrus Peat declares for the NFL Draft

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The stalwart lineman moves on to the pros

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Left tackle Andrus Peat will forgo his final year of eligibility at Stanford and enter the NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-7, 320-pound behemoth started every game for the last two seasons, earning various All-America and All-Pac-12 honors and winning the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12's top lineman in 2014.

Peat told Stanford's official website:

"It's been a long and hard decision, but I have decided to forgo my senior season of eligibility and declare for the NFL Draft," Peat said. "I would like to thank all of my Stanford teammates, coaches and the faculty for helping me grow and enjoy an amazing experience at Stanford University. I'm excited and ready to take the next big step of my life."

Peat is widely expected to be a first-round pick, and CBS Sports' Rob Rang rates Peat as the 11th-best overall draft prospect in the 2015 class.

The ripple effect for the Cardinal is that Kyle Murphy probably flips from the right tackle spot to the left tackle spot, but Casey Tucker may also compete for the job.

Peat came to Stanford as a fve-star recruit and one of the top linemen in the 2012 recruiting class.