Hackett Declares for NFL Draft

TCU junior safety Chris Hackett will forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

Frogs’ safety Chris Hackett will forego his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft, TCU announced on Friday.

Hackett released a statement on Friday on his decision to enter the draft.

“After much consideration and consultation with my parents and coaches, I’ve decided to forego my final year of eligibility and enter the 2015 draft,” Hackett said in the statement. “I would like to thank my family, coaches, teammates, professors and the TCU fans for their unwavering support. Coming to TCU was an incredible opportunity that I will always cherish.

“I’ve dreamed of playing in the NFL for as long as I can remember, and I am ready to move on to the next stage of making that dream a reality. I’d like to personally thank Coach Patterson and his entire staff for helping me grow as a player and a person. My time at TCU was extremely rewarding both on and off the field. I am and will always be a Horned Frog!”

Hackett was a two-time All-Big 12 selection in his three seasons as a starter for the Frog. He started 32 games at safety at TCU and finished his career with 224 tackles and 12 interceptions.

Hackett was named to the first-team Big 12 team safety by the Associated Press for the 2014 season. Hackett finished fourth on the Frogs’ defense with 75 tackles while leading the team with 7 interceptions; falling just one short of the single-season record at TCU (Jason Goss, 8).

That followed an impressive sophomore campaign where he totaled 88 tackles and finished ninth in the Big 12 at 7.3 tackles per game. He made 11 starts in 2013.

He started the last 10 games of his freshman season and finished the season with 61 tackles.

With the departure of Hackett, junior weak safety Kenny Iloka, the nation’s top JUCO safety in 2014, will get the first crack to replace the three year starter. Currently the Frogs have two safety commits; Niko Small and Montrel Wilson. Small was recently named the Texas Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year and Wilson has reminded some of a bigger Hackett.

The 2015 NFL Draft will take place in Chicago on April 30th-May 2nd. Last season, former Frogs cornerback Jason Verrett was selected in the first round by the San Diego Chargers.

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