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Michigan’s Zak Zinter officially declares for NFL Draft

The All-American guard was part of two Joe Moore Award-winning offensive lines and won three Big Ten Championships and a national championship.

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Jacob Singer Jake Singer is a junior at the University of Michigan majoring in Political Science. He is a Michigan Football and Basketball Writer for SB Nation's Maize and Brew

After an amazing career manning the Michigan Wolverines’ interior offensive line, Zak Zinter officially declared for the NFL Draft on Thursday afternoon.

The decision wasn’t a surprise for the All-American right guard. Zinter, a unanimous First-Team All-American in 2023, announced the news via social media.

In 45 games played at Michigan, Zinter was a part of two Joe Moore Award-winning offensive lines, won three Big Ten Championships and a national championship. He was a consistent contributor right out the gate his true freshman season in 2020.

This season against Ohio State, Zinter’s time as a Wolverine came to an unceremonious and premature end after suffering a broken tibia and fibula in the second half of victory over the Buckeyes. However, he has progressed nicely so far, as he was walking around without assistance during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

Zinter is projected to be selected within the first three rounds of the 2024 NFL Draft in April, and had it not been for his injury, he likely would have been projected as a first-rounder.