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Texas WR Brennan Eagles opts out of Alamo Bowl, declares for 2021 NFL Draft

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The junior had a relatively disappointing season, but his freakish athleticism should make him appealing to NFL teams.

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Another Texas Longhorns player is off to the NFL Draft early, as junior wide receiver Brennan Eagles announced on Tuesday that he’ll opt out of the Alamo Bowl and pursue his professional career.

“First off, I would like to thank everyone who supported me in this process, especially my family,” Eagles said. “If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. They are my support system and my ‘Why.’ I have been fortunate to have great coaches in both high school and college who have greatly impacted my life. I would like to extend a special acknowledgement to Coach Coleman, Coach Herman, and Coach McKnight for developing me into a better person on and off the field. They have instilled qualities and values in me that I will continue to use throughout my lifetime. I have also been fortunate to have great teammates who have become my brothers. I love them and have built priceless, lifelong relationships. I am greatly appreciative of the academic and medical staffs that have helped me on my journey thus far. With all that being said, my family and I have made the decision that I will pursue my dream of playing at the next level and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. I will not play in the bowl game, but instead start my preparation for the NFL Combine. Last, but greatest, I thank God for His blessings and His lessons. I truly believe with Him, nothing is impossible. Hook ‘em forever!”

The 6’4, 229-pounder is the third Texas junior to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft and the sixth player to opt out before the end of the season.

A Houston native, Eagles came to Austin as a consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 61 player nationally and the No. 6 wide receiver, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Out of Alief Taylor, Eagles was most productive as a junior, when he went over 1,000 receiving yards and recorded 13 touchdowns, but it was always his athleticism that made him so intriguing — he ran a 4.51 40-yard dash, a 3.99 shuttle, and posted a 37-inch vertical leap in high school.

Limited by a hamstring injury as a freshman, Eagles only had one catch for 35 yards, but started to flash his significant potential as a deep threat during his sophomore season with 32 catches for 522 yards and six touchdowns.

After receiving significant praise from head coach Tom Herman early in the 2020 offseason, Eagles had a disappointing preseason camp and lost the starting job to graduate transfer Tarik Black.

It didn’t take long for Eagles to pass Black on the depth chart, but his results were still mixed — he didn’t look natural catching the football and didn’t have more than 50 receiving yards in a single game until facing Oklahoma State. Against Iowa State, Eagles had his most productive game in a Longhorns uniform, securing five catches for 142 yards.

Eagles finished the season with 28 catches for 469 yards and five touchdowns.

As long as Eagles tests as well at the NFL Combine as he did in high school, he’ll be an intriguing pick for NFL teams that believe they can refine his route-running ability, but his questionable hands are a more significant concern.