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College Football Star Declares For NFL Draft, Skipping Bowl Game

Iowa's Kinnick Stadium during a night game.

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A college football star declared for the 2019 NFL draft and revealed his intentions to skip his team's bowl game to stay healthy for the NFL. Iowa tight end Noah Fant took to Twitter to share his decision to declare for the draft and forego the rest of his eligibility.

It's a move made popular in recent seasons by Stanford's Christian McCaffrey and LSU's Leonard Fournette - who both sat out of their team's bowl games. To ensure their health before the draft process, more prospects are taking the same path.

Count Fant among them.

The star tight end is a projected first-round pick and he doesn't want to ruin the opportunity at a major pay day be getting injured in a bowl game.

Here's the announcement.

Fant is the No. 1-ranked tight end on most scout's big boards - including ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. The Hawkeyes star racked up 39 passes for 519 yards and seven touchdowns this season.