Burks NFL Draft announcement

Arkansas receiver Treylon Burks runs into the endzone during the Razorbacks’ Nov. 26 win over Missouri. Burks announced Wednesday his intentions to forgo the Outback Bowl and his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.

After an electrifying junior season, Warren native and Razorback wide receiver Treylon Burks announced Wednesday he will be opting out of the Outback Bowl and declaring for the NFL Draft.

“Other than representing my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, there has been no greater honor in my life than representing Warren and the entire State of Arkansas these past three years,” Burks said in a tweet Wednesday.

Burks was the go-to guy on the Razorback offense this season. He averaged a team-high 92 receiving yards per game, nearly 67 more than the second-highest mark. He started every game in the regular season and totaled 1,104 receiving yards, 112 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.

The Warren native will go down as one of the greatest wide receivers in school history. He finished his career as a Razorback with the sixth-most catches — 146 — and receiving yards — 2,339 — the fifth-most receiving touchdowns —18 — and the second-most 100-yard receiving games — 10 — in program history.

“I may be leaving the state, but Arkansas will always be home and I will never stop calling those Hogs,” Burks said.

The Outback Bowl will be the Razorbacks’ first appearance in the postseason since the Belk Bowl on Dec. 26, 2016, versus Virginia Tech. Although Arkansas qualified for the Texas Bowl after the 2020 season, its opponent, TCU, cancelled because of COVID-19 complications.

Burks will likely be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in April, according to early projections. CBS has him mocked at 20th, picked by the Washington Football Team, Sports Illustrated has him going 11th to the New Orleans Saints, NBC Sports has him at 23rd to the Detroit Lions and Pro Football Focus has him mocked at 19th to the Miami Dolphins.

“Last but not least, to the amazing fans of this great state, I know no matter where I go in this world you will always be in my heart and I hope I will always be in yours,” Burks said.

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