Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who won the 2013 Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end, has decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.
“I’ve done everything I can at the University of Washington,” the junior said after the Huskies’ 31-16 victory over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco. “I know I’m ready for the NFL.”
He added that family concerns played a role in his decision. “I need to take care of my mom and making sure she’s financially OK. She’s done so much for me, it’s the least thing I can do,” he told reporters.
The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder caught 36 passes for 450 yards and eight touchdowns this season. In his three-year career for the Huskies, he caught 146 passes for 1,840 yards and 21 scores.
He should be a high pick in next spring’s draft. The Seattle Times recently reported that Seferian-Jenkins received a second-round grade from NFL evaluators.