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Arkansas Tight End Hunter Henry Declares for the NFL Draft; Will Skip Senior Season with Razorbacks

The Mackey Award winner is turning pro.

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Hunter Henry was widely considered the top tight end in college football this season. He won the Mackey Award and was named first team on every All-American team recognized by the NCAA.

Bret Bielema indicated he was also given a high draft grade from the NFL, so now is the perfect time for Henry to strike and he's taking advantage of it.

All of Henry's awards and accolades place him among the best ever at Arkansas, and he was also one of the key factors in one of the most memorable plays in Arkansas history, as the player who hail mary'd a lateraled back to Alex Collins on Arkansas' 4th-and-25 conversion in overtime against Ole Miss, a play often referred to as "The Henry Heave."

Henry was Arkansas' most reliable receiver throughout his three seasons catching passes from Brandon Allen, finishing second on the team in receiving yards each year, and didn't drop a single pass in 2015 as he racked up a career high 647 yards receiving.

Henry has the potential to be Arkansas' highest draft pick since Darren McFadden and Felix Jones were both picked in the first round in 2008. The Hogs haven't had a first or second round pick since then.

Tight end is one position group Arkansas should be well-equipped to reload in 2016. Jeremy Sprinkle will return, and the Razorbacks signed three highly-touted tight ends in 2015 who were able to redshirt last fall.

Obviously, we wish Henry the best of luck and can't wait to cheer him on in the League.