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2016 NFL Draft: Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins declares

Colorado State wide out Rashard Higgins is forgoing his final year of eligibility.

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado State wide receiver Rashard Higgins announced via social media that he is giving up his final year of eligibility and is heading to the NFL Draft. This is not a surprise. What was a surprise that there was a report earlier this week that said Higgins was considering staying in Fort Collins.

"To #RamNation, I salute you for making my time at CSU unforgettable. There's no place like home and y'all will forever have my heart, but it's my time to #MakeEmBelieve. Although my athletic career here is done, I plan to come back and complete my degree."

That message shows how much the Rams football program and school, and he will surely be missed. Higgins is the last in the line of top offensive playmakers from Colorado State along with these other players.

QB: Garrett Grayson
RB: Kapri Bibbs
WR: Rashard Higgins
TE: Crockett Gillmore
G: Weston Richburg
T: Ty Sambrailo

Higgins is arguably the best of those groups as he was the 2014 Biletnikoff finalist for the nation's top wide receiver and he leaves as the school's all-time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns.

Mike Bobo was only able to coach Higgins for a spring and one full season and will indeed miss the play making wide receiver.

"Rashard will always be a Ram," Bobo said. "I have no doubt he will be successful as he joins his fellow former Rams proudly representing Colorado State in the NFL."

Walter Football ranked Higgins 12th back on January 9 and placed him in the second to fourth round selection. That may change now that he has officially declared, but Higgins will be at worst a mid-round pick in the upcoming draft.