Louisville WR Tyler Hudson declares for 2023 NFL Draft

Wade-Peeryby:Wade Peery12/14/22

Louisville star wide receiver Tyler Hudson announced on his Twitter page on Wednesday evening that he will be foregoing his final year of eligibility and that he’s officially declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft. Last season, Hudson established himself as one of the most dominant receivers in the ACC, hauling in 69 catches for 1,034 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He earned second team All-ACC honors from the Associated Press.

Here is the announcement below.

His announcement reads:

“First and foremost I would like to thank God for the blessings he has given me over the last 22 years. All things are not possible without him. To my parents, I would like to say THANK YOU for the love, support, and advice you both gave me over the course of my life. You’ve helped guide me in the right direction and showed me how to do things the right way as a young man. To my family and friends: Thank you! Your love and support means more than you’ll ever know and you’ve helped me a lot along my journey.”

“To the University of Central Arkansas: Dear Bears fans, thank you for the love and support you gave me the first three years of my college career. I am truly honored to have played in front of you at Estes Stadium and I am forever a purple Bear! BearClawsUp”

“To Coach Brown and the offensive staff: Thank you for believing in me when I was 18 years old, and giving me the opportunity to play the game I love at the D1 level. Thank you for helping me mature from a boy to a man. I am forever grateful!”

“To my brothers at UCA: Thank you for helping me achieve my goals and dreams those first three years of my college career, and for supporting me this year at a different school. You just don’t know how much our friendships mean to me! To the University of Louisville: Dear CardNation, thank you for the love and support you showed me this past season. I am truly honored to have played in front of you at Cardinal Stadium. L’s up!”

“To Coach Satterfield and the rest offensive staff: Thank you for believing in my abilities and bringing me to the University of Louisville. I am truly grateful to have been a part of this team and enjoyed my experience for my final year of college football. I am forever grateful.”

“To my brothers at Louisville: I appreciate you welcoming me with open arms, helping me become a better teammate and a stronger man through the ups and downs this past season. I am thankful for the friendships I made here as they will last a lifetime.”

“With all that being said, after many conversations with loved ones, I’ve decided I will be foregoing my last year of eligibility and would like to announce that I will be declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft.”

Hudson began his college football career with the Central Arkansas Purple Bears, where he posted impressive numbers during his three seasons there, before transferring to Louisville for his final season of college football. He finished his college football career with prolific numbers, hauling in 236 total catches for 4,083 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns.

Hudson has accepted an invitation to play in the 2023 Hula Bowl.

More on the 2023 NFL Draft

The 2023 NFL Draft takes place from Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29 in Kansas City, Missouri. The event location this year is the plaza just outside of Union Station.

Round 1 of the NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 27. Rounds 2-3 will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 28, and Rounds 4-7 will begin at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 29. The draft broadcast runs throughout the weekend on both ESPN and NFL Network.

To be eligible for the NFL Draft, players must be at least three years removed from their final year of high school while having used up their collegiate eligibility. Underclassmen are able to request league approval to become eligible for the draft, as are players who have graduated prior to using up all of their collegiate eligibility. One hundred underclassmen gained approval for last year’s draft. Seventy-three of those 100 underclassmen received special eligibility while 27 of them were underclassmen who had completed their college degrees.

The 2023 NFL Scouting Combine will take place from Feb. 28 through March 6 in Indianapolis.