Stanford's Zach Ertz to enter NFL Draft

Zach Ertz will not return to Stanford next season. (US Presswire)

Stanford tight end Zach Ertz will not be returning to Palo Alto for another season. It was announced on Monday afternoon that Ertz would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft

The decision does not come as a major surprise. Ertz led Stanford in every major receiving category in 2012, finishing with 69 receptions for 898 yards and six touchdowns.

The 6-foot-6, 252-pound tight end was a consensus All-American in 2012. He's expected to be drafted in the first or second round in the NFL Draft in April.

Ertz will likely be the first tight end off the board in this spring's draft, depending on what Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert decides to do. Last April, it was another Stanford tight end who was the first tight end drafted. The Indianapolis Colts selected Coby Fleener in the second round and paired him with their first-round draft pick, Andrew Luck.

Considering the Cardinal still have Levine Toilolo, who is likely to return for his senior season, Stanford seems to be becoming Tight End U.

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