Northwestern LB Anthony Walker Jr. announced Friday on Twitter that he would forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL draft.
My Decision. pic.twitter.com/4RGatih4OC
— Anthony Walker Jr. (@__AWalkJr) December 31, 2016
According to the Chicago Tribune, Walker is the first Northwestern player under Pat Fitzgerald to leave early for the NFL draft.
As part of his announcement, Walker said he intended to get his degree in the spring.
A third-team AP All-American as a sophomore, Walker’s junior season in 2016 was hindered by a knee injury. Still, he did enough to earn all-conference honors, racking up double-digit tackles three times.
Walker finished his junior season 11th in the Big Ten with 98 regular-season tackles.
Walker’s teammate, safety Godwin Igwebuike, is also entertaining the idea of turning pro, according to the Chicago Tribune report. But he has yet to announce his final decision.