UCLA WR Thomas Duarte declares for 2016 NFL Draft

The UCLA Bruins seem to be on the rise for the future in the PAC-12, especially after the year freshman quarterback Josh Rosen had in 2015. However, Rosen lost one of his biggest targets to the NFL Draft for the 2016 season, so that may be a big hurdle for them to overcome.

Bruins wide receiver Thomas Duarte announced his intentions for the Draft on Twitter Tuesday night. He released a statement thanking everyone who helped him on his journey through college.

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Although this decision may be a good one for Duarte, it looked like he could have been staying. However, after offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone left and took the same position at Texas A&M, Duarte’s decision was made.

“It kind of helped to make his decision,” Duarte’s father, Tim, told theOrange County Register after Mazzone left UCLA. “He (Mazzone) really recruited him and really had the confidence in him coming out of high school. Thomas was a perfect fit for his offense.”

In 2015, Duarte caught 53 passes for 872 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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