It's one of the hardest decisions to make for college athletes, but it ultimately has the greatest impact on their careers in the future. While T.J. Hockenson is ready to play in his team's bowl game, the dynamic tight end will have to consider entering himself in the 2019 NFL Draft.
With Noah Fant already skipping the Outback Bowl to prepare for the draft, Hockenson might join his teammate. Regardless of the choice he makes, the redshirt sophomore won't miss his last game of the season for Iowa.
The Hawkeyes will face the Mississippi State Bulldogs on New Year's Day, which should be a physical clash between the two sides.
Although there will be many people trying to influence Hockenson's opinion, the talented pass-catcher will weigh all his options before making an official decision.
From The Gazette:
“I have a little notebook and I write things down after every conversation,” Hockenson said. “I’m going to go back after the bowl game and read what I have (written) down in that.
“I’m someone who, in order to make a decision as big as this one, I’m going to weigh and research and make sure I’m 100 percent sure on what decision I’m going to make.”
Hockenson had 46 receptions for 717 yards and six touchdowns.
It'll be hard to pass up on the opportunity of a lifetime, especially with the NFL becoming so dependent on tight ends.