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2021 NFL Draft: Michigan OL Jalen Mayfield selected by Atlanta Falcons

Mayfield’s stock slipped a bit, but he has a new home.

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The Atlanta selected Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield with the No. 68 overall pick in the third round.

Mayfield originally opted out of the 2020 season before being talked into a return to the field when the Big Ten resumed play. He appeared in 18 games in his Michigan career with 15 starts coming at right tackle. His play in 2019 earned him honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from the coaches.

Scouting Report:

Mayfield’s film, albeit limited from this season, shows the skill-set of a first rounder. The pro day performance has definitely hurt his stock and put into question his athleticism. This has caused him to slide into the middle of the second round in many several mock drafts.

He should be able to handle starting tackle duties at the next level, but he could potentially have a quicker road to playing time with a switch to guard. He is still figuring things out, but the athletic profile and testing numbers might play into the idea that a kick inside might not be the worst thing in the world.

The first round of the draft was held on Thursday night with the second and third rounds set for Friday. The event will conclude from Cleveland, Ohio with the fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday.