Cal walk-on turned star-receiver Chad Hansen will forgo his senior year and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
He was first-team All-Pac-12 during his junior campaign when he caught 92 passes for 1,249 yards, which were both good enough figures to put him in the top-20 in the nation.
His coach, Sonny Dykes, called him “one of the best receivers in the nation,” in a statement announcing his plans to depart Berkeley.
“He has worked hard to put himself in this position, and I know it wasn’t an easy decision for him to make,” Dykes said. “We’re certainly going to miss Chad, but I’m excited for him and this opportunity. He has a skill set that will translate well to the NFL.”
Hansen’s statement announcing his decision:
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!