Bennett declares for NFL draft

Speculation is over. Martellus Bennett will not return for his senior season under Mike Sherman in 2008. Bennett announced his decision on Saturday.

Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman likes to utilize his tight ends in his west-coast offense, but he won't be using Martellus Bennett.

The junior tight-end announced on Saturday that he will forego his senior season next year at A&M and declared for the NFL draft from his parents' house in Houston.

"Everything we received from the NFL as far as projections were what we wanted to hear," Bennett told the Houston Chronicle. "With the coaching situation it would be hard to come back for my senior season and get into a groove learning a new system."

Bennett told Aggie Websider earlier this season that if he was projected to be a first or second round draft pick, he would probably declare for the draft. After consulting with Sherman and his NFL contacts, it appears that he will be picked in the first two rounds.

While some feel he was not utilized as well as he could have been, Bennett told the Houston Chronicle that he has nothing but good things to say about A&M.

"I had a great time, met a lot of people and I think I became a fan favorite," Bennett said. "Being an Aggie is one of the best things about the experience. My family turned into Aggies."

Bennett finished his career with 105 receptions (tied for the all-time lead among tight ends) for 1,246 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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