The SEC’s pipeline to the NFL continues.
Arkansas ’ junior tight end Hunter Henry announced he will enter the 2016 NFL Draft Monday morning in a heartfelt letter addressed to Razorbacks fans.
“After a great deal of prayer and reflection, I have made the very difficult decision to pursue my childhood dream and enter the 2016 NFL Draft,” Henry wrote.
“As I move on to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL, I want to express my deepest thanks first and foremost to God for blessing me with the incredible opportunity to play football at the University of Arkansas.”
Henry was named the 2015 John Mackey Award winner as the nation’s top tight end. Henry joins the elite company of former Arkansas standout D.J. Williams, who won the award back in 2010, making the Razorbacks the only school to produce multiple winners.
Henry led all tight ends in receptions, receiving yards, yards per game,first-down receptions and 100-yard games, among others, during the regular season.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. rated Henry as the top tight end in this year’s draft class. The NFL Draft Advisory Board indicated Henry could be a first-round pick.