Only a few days removed from being named All-Big Ten, junior tight end Noah Fant has decided to forego his final year of eligibility and declared for the NFL Draft. Via his Twitter (?!) account:
This move comes as a surprise to no one. Fant is psychically ready to be an NFL player and his only weaknesses (if there are any) could be improved through coaching. Fant, a native of Omaha and gradate of Omaha South High School, gave an interview with the Omaha World Herald (that's a lot of Omaha in one sentence) about his decision. Per the article:
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz met with Fant on Thursday, and Fant said his coach "was comfortable" with the decision to enter the draft and bypass the bowl.
"He said it was my decision to make and wished me the best,” Fant said. "Coach Ferentz and the entire staff are very supportive and want what is best for me.”
This season he brought down 39 receptions for 519 yards and seven touchdowns. Over the course of his career, which was basically two seasons, Fant amassed a stellar 19 touchdowns and 1,083 yards on only 78 receptions. He was arguably the most athletic tight end of the Kirk Ferentz era and was a nightmare in coverage. Now, Iowa will have to find a way to replace him not only for the bowl game, but also for 2019.
Best of luck in the League, Noah.