Missouri tight end Albert Okwuegbunam declares for draft

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Missouri tight end Albert Okwuegbunam will forgo his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. He announced his decision on social media.

“Ever since the first time I put on a helmet and shoulder pads, playing in the NFL has been my dream,” Okwuegbunam wrote. “God-willing I’ve been blessed with this opportunity and I have decided to embark on that journey now. I will forgo my last year of eligibility and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. I’m excited for what the future holds but will always be thankful to Missouri.”

Okwuegbunam caught only 26 passes for 306 yards and six touchdowns this season after being named a Mackey Award finalist in 2018 when he made 43 receptions for 466 yards and six touchdowns.

As a redshirt freshman in 2017, Okwuegbunam scored 11 touchdowns.

11 responses to “Missouri tight end Albert Okwuegbunam declares for draft

  1. Cool, but he’s just a tight end, basically none are worth drafting in round 1. Look at how many times the Lions did it. Browns and Bucs did and they’ll be moving on soon, the expectations are too high for their learning curve, just get them in later rounds.

  2. Sounds like an underachiever to me who only wants to get paid. I doubt he gets picked until the third day–if then. How do you go from a Mackey award finalist to dirt in one year. That makes me question his motivation. Who really thinks a contract will motivate him. I’d take a pass on this guy or at least make any contract tied to per-game roster bonuses so they can get rid of him if he turns out to be a dud.

  3. A smart move for the kid. I wish more would do this. Yes, he’s a tight end and not looking at a massive contract right out of the box. But it’s a huge gamble with what is certain to be lot of money, to play another year and risk potential injury. He can always complete his education. If he has a career ending injury in his last year at school, he’s out hundreds of thousands and potentially millions in the long run, that he can’t get back. It’s just plain smart, and a good business decision that greatly affects his future.

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