Illinois linebacker Jake Hasen has officially declared for the 2021 NFL Draft after playing for four seasons at the university.

He released a statement on his official Twitter page on Monday afternoon thanking everyone at the university:

Hansen could’ve taken the extra year to be with the Fighting Illini but it looks like he has higher aspirations going into next year (and rightfully so).


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Hansen really did not play much during his freshman season but he absolutely took off during his sophomore season in 2018. He had 95 total tackles (47 solo) with a sack and a forced fumble. He also had 8.5 tackles for a loss.

In 2019, he had 71 total tackles (39 solo) with 3.5 sacks and an interception. He also had seven forced fumbles that season which is a career-best. Finally, for this past season, Hansen had 68 tackles (36 solo) with 2.5 sacks and two interceptions.

Wherever he ends up in the NFL, that team will be getting a player who has a knack for being a playmaker.