The top tight end prospect in the 2019 NFL draft, Noah Fant, has announces he will for go his bowl game and declare for the draft this spring.
Iowa Hawkeyes tight end Noah Fant, the consensus number one tight end in the 2019 class, has officially declared for the 2019 NFL Draft via twitter. Fant will not return for his senior season of eligibility as a Hawkeye.
In addition to declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft, Fant, the team’s all-time leader in receiving touchdowns (19, including 18 over the past two seasons alone), will also forego his teams bowl game in order to prepare for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Over the course of his career, Fant has recorded 78 catches, 1,083 yards, and 19 touchdowns in his three seasons with the Hawks.
After not seeing much playing time as a freshman, Fant exploded onto the college football scene as a sophomore. His 2017 breakout season would see him catch 11 touchdown passes and help the Hawkeyes to a bowl game victory.
Fant would build off of a solid 2017 season and go on to record even more catches and receiving yards as a junior (39 receptions, 518 yards) and help lead his team to a solid 8-4 season.
Fant is the clear number one tight end in the 2019 NFL Draft class and is projected by many to be a first round pick. He could even be an early round one pick with multiple teams inside the top 15 needing a tight end.
The question for Fant will not be if he goes in the first round, but when he goes. Anywhere Fant goes, he will be an instant game changer on offense.
Up next for the Hawkeyes will be redshirt sophomore tight end T.J. Hockenson, who also may declare for the 2019 NFL Draft after two stellar seasons along with Fant.