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Iowa Star Declares For 2019 NFL Draft

Close-up view of Iowa footballs.

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

The Iowa Hawkeyes have gained a reputation for producing top-quality tight ends. From NFL stars like Dallas Clark, George Kittle, Marv Cook, and Jonathan Hayes, to acting-US attorney general Matthew Whitaker, Iowa has been a factory for tight ends for decades. Now, it looks like another Iowa TE is making his way to the NFL ranks.

On Friday morning, junior TE Noah Fant announced that he would be leaving Iowa to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. He thanked all of his coaches, teammates, and Hawkeye Nation for supporting him in his college career.

Fant led the Hawkeyes in receiving touchdowns in each of the last two seasons. He had seven TDs in 2018, and 11 TDs in 2017.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, Fant will not be playing in Iowa's upcoming bowl game.

Fant was also second on the team in receiving yards in each of the last two years. He totaled over 1,000 yards on 69 receptions in that span.

Earlier this year, Bleacher Report draft analyst Matt Miller called Fant the No. 1 TE in the 2019 NFL Draft class.

Fant's odds of getting drafted are also supported by history. 13 Iowa TEs have been drafted since 1985.