Former Air Force QB Hammond III declares for 2021 NFL draft

Former Air Force QB Hammond III declares for 2021 NFL draft
Posted at 10:41 PM, Feb 15, 2021

On Monday, former Air Force quarterback Donald 'DJ' Hammond III announced on Twitter that he was declaring for the NFL draft.

“I am no longer attached to the United States Air Force and I am able to control my own destiny,” Hammond said in a statement tweeted on Monday afternoon. “With all that being said, after careful deliberation, I am proud to finally announced that I have decided to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.”

In July of 2020, the Air Force Academy Athletic Department confirmed to News 5 Sports that Hammond III was no longer a cadet in good standing and cannot represent the Academy in outside activities.

Later that summer, the athletic department also confirmed that the Georgia native had put his name into the transfer portal.

Hammond III was the expected starting quarterback for the Falcons heading into the 2020 season and was named to the Davey O'Brien Award Watch List, which recognizes the best quarterback in college football.

Starting 11 of 13 games last season, the dual-threat standout rushed for 553 yards and a team-best 13 rushing touchdowns while adding 1,316 yards through the air and an additional 13 scores.

Hammond ranked second in the Mountain West in scoring (touchdowns) with a 6.2 average and 10th in passing yards with a 101.2 norm. His 177.88 quarterback efficiency rating is the second-best in school history.