Stanford junior tight end Austin Hooper is heading to the NFL. Hooper announced his decision to declare early for the 2016 NFL Draft on Monday, leaving behind his final year of eligibility in Palo Alto.
Hooper was Stanford’s third-leading receiver in 2015 with 438 yards and six touchdowns. He was also third on the team in receiving in 2014 with 499 yards and two touchdowns. This season, Hooper finished in the top 10 among tight ends in receiving and was a Mackey Award finalist while also earning All-Pac-12 first team and All-American honors.
Stanford has sent some talented tight ends to the National Football League in recent years. Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo were each drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft. Ertz was drafted by former Oregon (and now former Eagles coach) Chip Kelly. Toilolo ended up in Atlanta with the Falcons.