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Cam McGrone declares for 2021 NFL Draft

Michigan loses its starting middle linebacker to the pros.

Michigan v Indiana Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The Michigan Wolverines were given a huge lift on defense on Monday when defensive end Aidan Hutchinson announced that he would return for his senior season, but they now find themselves down another foundational piece on that side of the ball in 2021. Starting linebacker Cameron McGrone announced on Tuesday afternoon that he would bypass his remaining eligibility at Michigan to enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

McGrone made the announcement via his Twitter account.

McGrone’s was a Michigan career full of promise in the wake of losing Devin Bush to the NFL, as he made a big impact in the 19 games he suited up for wearing the Maize and Blue. His stock shot up throughout last season after he stepped in for an injured Josh Ross to man the defense in the middle of the field, but had a rough go of it this past year after injuries slowed him down in the five games that he played.

The former four-star recruit finishes his time in Ann Arbor with 92 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and one forced fumble.

His stock has been fluctuating a bit, but most early outlets have him as a day two NFL Draft prospect. As far as where Michigan goes from here, they will likely keep their eyes on the transfer portal for bodies while also grooming the linebacker room they have.

This story is developing.