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Michigan OL Jalen Mayfield declares for 2021 NFL Draft

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With no fall season, he has decided to prepare for the draft.

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Michigan Wolverines junior offensive lineman has played his last down of football in Ann Arbor, announcing on Tuesday evening that he has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft. Mayfield is considered one of the top tackles in the country and potentially the Wolverines’ top pro prospect.

Mayfield started every game for the Wolverines last season as a redshirt freshman and was expected to do the same in 2020 for the team if a season was played. With no fall season and the potential of a spring season still up in the air, he has joined some of the other Big Ten prospects that have already opted out and declared — including Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore, Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman and Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons.

Here’s what we had to say about Mayfield as one of Michigan’s potential 2021 draftees earlier this year:

The average fan does not talk a whole heck of a lot about Mayfield, which for an offensive lineman is generally speaking is good thing. Mayfield is athletic with a long reach and scouts will no doubt be watching how he progresses in 2020 as a possible early entrant. He should be a factor at either left or right tackle and another offseason of training could make him a valuable prospect — maybe even a first rounder in 2021.

Mayfield was a four-star prospect and the No. 216 overall player in the class of 2018 out of Catholic Central HS in Grand Rapids, Michigan.