Michigan OT Jalen Mayfield declares for 2021 draft

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The Big Ten announced a week ago it was postponing the fall season. Michigan offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield announced Tuesday he is leaving for the NFL.

Mayfield declared for the 2021 NFL draft in a social media post.

“These last few weeks have been filled with stress and have put me in a place where I have a difficult decision to make,” Mayfield wrote. “With that being said, I have decided to enter the 2021 NFL draft.”

Mayfield, a redshirt sophomore, won the starting right tackle job in 2019. The other four starters on Michigan’s offensive line were selected in this spring’s draft.

Now, Mayfield will forgo his final three seasons.

2 responses to “Michigan OT Jalen Mayfield declares for 2021 draft

  1. This must set some kind of record in terms of the earliest declaration for the following years draft.

    That said, the decision could either be an excellent move or a horrible one. I seriously hope the kid finds a way to continue to develop his skillset between now and then. The jump to the NFL is a big one. But then again who could blame him for wanting to part ways with Harbaugh as fast as possible. Harbaugh is a damn good coach but not one you want to play for more than a year or two at tops. After that he sort of wears on you mentality and it reflects on the field.

  2. Smart man. He plays an extremely physical position and any sort of injury during an “asterisk season” could cause him to slip or fall out of the draft. Now he can hire an agent, who can front him money for trainers to prepare him for the combine.

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