Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry will forgo his senior season in Fayetteville and enter the 2016 NFL Draft. Henry released a statement announcing his intentions earlier today.

“As I move on to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL, I want to express my deepest thanks first and foremost to God for blessing me with the incredible opportunity to play football at the University of Arkansas. I have grown so much as a person and player these past three years at the University of Arkansas. I have enjoyed my experience more than I could have ever imagined.

I also want to thank Jeff Long and the entire athletic department, Coach Bielema, Coach Enos, Coach Lunney, my incredible teammates, my high school coach Kevin Kelley, and last but certainly not least, the entire Razorback Nation for giving this Little Rock native the experience of a lifetime.”

According to many draft experts Henry is the best tight end prospect in the country. He is an excellent blocker and has really good hands. Henry will likely go in the first or second round in the upcoming NFL Draft in April. A team like Atlanta who needs some help at tight end could grab him. Matt Ryan would really benefit from having him in the starting lineup. The Jets are another team that could use a good young tight end.

Henry is a consensus All-American and won the the 2015 John Mackey Award. It is the second time in program’s history a Razorback won the honor.

In three years at Arkansas Henry caught 116 passes for 1,661 yards and nine touchdowns. That is the second most in program’s history for a tight end. Last weekend against Kansas State in his final game as a Razorback Henry hauled in five passes for 92 yards.