Iowa safety Amani Hooker declares for NFL Draft

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - Iowa will be missing a key piece to its defense next season after junior safety Amani Hooker announced he's declaring for the NFL Draft on Saturday.

The Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year had 80 career tackles and six interceptions at Iowa. He was also named first-team All-Big Ten and second-team All-America.

"I would especially like to thank coach Kirk Ferentz and coach Doyle for believing in me from the beginning and always being more than just a coach, but a mentor," Hooker wrote on his Instagram.

Tight end T.J. Hockenson and defensive end Anthony Nelson are also expected to make announcements in the next few days.

The NFL Draft is from April 25-27 in Nashville.