Florida Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez was one of Tim Tebow’s favorite targets this season and it appears as if Hernandez will follow the senior quarterback Tebow to the NFL. Hernandez also joins Gators cornerback Joe Haden as an early entry.
Hernandez won the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end, this year after tallying an impressive 68 receptions, 850 yards and five touchdowns.
Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel was the first to report Hernandez’s decision writing:
After emerging as the nation’s best tight end in 2009, Florida’s Aaron Hernandez is expected to forgo his senior season and apply for the NFL draft.
I’ve been told Hernandez already has informed members of the team of his intentions to leave for the draft in April.
Hernandez will look to compete with Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham to be the first tight end drafted in 2010. He currently projects as a second-rounder.