Penn State WR Chris Godwin declares for NFL Draft

Penn State is going to have a new leading receiver in 2017.

Thursday evening, junior wide receiver Chris Godwin sent out a tweet stating that he has chosen to forego his senior season in Happy Valley and will declare for the NFL Draft.

For the past two seasons, Godwin has been the team’s leading receiver and has been one of the top pass-catchers in the B1G. He’s coming off a season in which he caught 59 passes for 982 yards and 11 TDs. He ranked fourth in reception yardage and second in TDs in the conference.

In 2015, Godwin ranked second in receiving yardage, hauling in 69 passes for 1,101 yards for the season.

Godwin leaves Happy Valley with 2,421 receiving yards and 18 TD catches to his name.

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Currently, Godwin is projected as the 14th-best receiver in the 2017 draft is ranked 117th overall according to CBS Sports. He’s currently predicted to be selected in the third or fourth round.

Godwin leaves the college game following a career performance against USC in the Rose Bowl. He caught nine passes for 187 yards and a pair of scores in 52-49 loss that became an instant classic.

There’s no doubt his draft status escalated quickly after such a strong outing in Pasadena.

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