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Missouri TE Okwuegbunam enters NFL Draft

Field Level Media

December 02, 2019 at 10:45 pm.

Missouri tight end Albert Okwuegbunam announced Monday that he will bypass his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

“Ever since the first time I put on a helmet and shoulder pads, playing in the NFL has been my dream,” Okwuegbunam said on his Twitter account. “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 23 touchdown passes for the Tigers — 11 as a redshirt freshman and six in each of the past two seasons.

He had 26 receptions for 306 yards this season and 98 for 1,187 yards for his career.

Okwuegbunam is projected to be selected within the first three rounds of the draft.

Also, freshman quarterback Connor Bazelak suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in the season finale against Arkansas last Friday, according to the school.

Bazelak will undergo surgery next week.

The injury came in Bazelak’s first career start. He played in just three games — going 15 of 21 for 144 yards — so he is eligible to redshirt and save a season of eligibility.