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Chad Hansen declares for the 2017 NFL Draft

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Go Chad and Go Bears!

Stanford v California Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Cal will likely have at least one NFL pick in the 2017 draft. Chad Hansen ended speculation on his future and declared for the NFL Draft this afternoon. Here’s a full statement from Chad.

"After serious consideration and countless discussions with my family, teammates and coaches, I have decided to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft. Competing in the NFL has always been among my highest goals and I believe the time to pursue this opportunity is now. This was an extremely difficult decision to make – my time at Cal has been amazing. I would like to thank the University of California, Berkeley for providing the best education in the country. I'd also like to thank coach Dykes, coach Spavital and our entire football staff for believing in me and preparing me for this next step. I thank my teammates for the memories and friendships that we have created together. And thank you to everyone who has stood by Cal football and provided us such great support. I will never forget the experiences and I am extremely grateful for everything I have gained during my time at Cal. Go Bears!"

Hansen exploded out of nowhere to become one of the most productive wide reeivers in college football. Hansen was earning Biletnikoff buzz early this season before a midseason injury kept him out a few weeks and hampered his second half production (Cal’s offense also took a hit, dipping in productivity the moment Hansen got hampered). He still finished in top 20 in numerous receiving categories.

  • 9.2 receptions per game (3rd in FBS)
  • 124.9 receiving yards per game (4th in FBS)
  • 92 receptions (11th in FBS)
  • 1249 receiving yards (17th in FBS)

Cal isn’t hurting for wide receivers, so this will not be the biggest loss, but it would have nice to seen a senior return and lead the wideouts.

Best of luck Chad! Good form.