Jalen Mayfield: What To Know After Declaring For 2021 NFL Draft

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Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield announced on Tuesday that he is declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft. The news comes in the wake of the Big Ten canceling (or postponing) their 2020 season earlier this month because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here's what our scout Kyle Crabbs had to say about Mayfield's decision:

Mayfield certainly could have used the 2020 college season to help boost his stock. But with that in mind, he has already illustrated some of the key traits that move the needle with NFL teams at the tackle position with his athleticism and explosive power in short spaces. With the Big Ten season deferred to the spring, Mayfield is wise to bet on promising 2019 tape and a significant athletic profile—although his ability to leap into the first round may be a long shot now that he’s officially done building out his resume.

Earlier this month, notable names like Miami Hurricanes EDGE Greg RousseauPenn State Linebacker Micah ParsonsVirginia Tech CB Caleb FarleyMinnesota WR Rashod BatemanPurdue WR Rondale Moore and Pitt Panthers defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman opted out of the 2020 season.

As for Mayfield, he recently came in at No. 64 on the TDN Top 100 big board. Here are some excerpts from his scouting report. You can read the full report here.

PROS: Big, athletic frame with some apparent additional room to grow—Mayfield has added significant weight since stepping onto campus and shows off plenty of mobility despite his growing stature. Mayfield has impressive reps in the run game, especially against inside shaded defenders to reset the line of scrimmage and create large voids for ball carriers to press up off his hip.

CONS: Of the games noted, he struggled the most against speed, looked to get anxious or impatient and played out over the top of his toes in an effort to latch onto blocks prematurely. His footwork is still a bit raw and his deeper pass sets give off a herky-jerky sensation; he looks to still be feeling his way through cadence in this sets to maintain proper framing on the edge. 

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