LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)A big piece of the Iowa Hawkeyes’ defensive line is taking his talents to the professional level.On Monday afternoon, Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson announced that he would be foregoing his senior year and entering the NFL draft.Nelson joins tight end Noah Fant and defensive back Amani Hooker as Iowa players leaving school with a year of eligibility remaining.The 2018 season was Nelson’s best year yet, as he finished the season with 45 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery touchdown.I will always bleed black and gold! Thank you Hawkeye nation for all of your love and support! pic.twitter.com/evFHyl9R7e— Anthony Nelson (@ANelly98) January 7, 2019He finishes his career at Iowa with 119 tackles, 31.0 tackles for loss, 23.0 sacks, seven passes defended, and four forced fumbles.Nelson was a part of an Iowa team that held opponents to 17.8 points per game, 12th in FBS.The team went 9-4 with a win over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.Nelson’s departure also leaves the Hawkeyes without any remaining starters from this past year’s defensive line. Starting linemen Sam Brincks, Parker Hesse, and Matt Nelson all wrapped up their senior years at Iowa.