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Jackson Mitchell invited to Hula Bowl; Christian Haynes in the Reese’s Bowl

Multiple Huskies are looking to begin their professional journeys in 2024.

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UConn football is hoping to hear some of its players’ names called in the 2024 NFL Draft. At least four Huskies have made their intentions clear and others are likely still considering their options.

Linebacker Jackson Mitchell will be playing in the Hula Bowl, an All-Star game taking place in Orlando, FL on January 13th. This past season, he led the Huskies in tackles and had seven TFL along with an interception as well as a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown in the season’s one win against Rice. He was brilliant in 2022 alongside a few more experienced teammates, leading the Huskies in tackles that year as well while posting 9.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks along with five fumble recoveries.

Guard Christian Haynes, who was named an All-American for the second year in a row, is the other UConn player with clear pro aspirations. For many NFL scouts in the area, Haynes was one of the top college prospects to watch in the northeast. He’s probably the Husky likely to be drafted earliest. He was invited to the Reece’s Senior Bowl.

Offensive lineman Noel Ofori-Nyadu and wide receiver Geordon Porter are the most recent players to announce on social media that they plan to participate in the NFL Draft process.

Porter caught 22 passes for 213 yards with one touchdown this past season. He came to UConn after starting his career at Arizona State and then transferring to New Mexico, where he had 312 yards on 22 receptions with two touchdowns in 2022.

Ofori-Nyadu has been a mainstay on the interior line for the Huskies over the last two seasons as UConn developed one of the best offensive lines in its recent history. Coming to UConn from Arlington, Texas in 2019, he’s landed on PFF’s weekly top-rated OL lists multiple times this year.

Other Huskies are likely to be participating in the school’s Pro Day, but that’s the list for now. We’ll update this article as more names come out.