Isaac Nauta could have easily returned to Georgia for his senior season, but instead, he decided to enter the NFL Draft.

Interestingly, the NFL Draft advisory board recommended he return for his senior season, but he went against the board’s advice.

“The letter advised to stay in school,” Nauta said when asked about the NFL Draft advisory board.

“Unless you are a sure-fire first round guy, they typically advise that,” Nauta said Friday at the NFL Combine. “Those evaluations are pre-Combine, before they get to know you as a person. So, there’s a lot of factors that go into it where you can rise from that draft status.

“This was something I felt I was ready to do, and I was ready for the next challenge. So, I went ahead and made that decision.”

The former 5-star TE from Buford, Georgia, said he decided about mid-way through his junior season that he wanted to enter the Draft. He also noticed it was a slim TE Draft class overall, giving him a better chance to be drafted higher.

During his three-year career, Nauta caught 68 passes for 905 yards and eight TDs. He looks to provide an immediate impact in the NFL.

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