Jalen Mayfield returns to Michigan Football with the 2021 NFL Draft up next
College Football has been strange all the way around. From conferences cancelling their seasons then opening them back up, they have put many 2021 NFL Draft prospects in a bind as they are now trying to work back in after originally opting out with no season in sight. One of those players is Michigan Football offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield, who originally opted out of the season.
However, just last night, the Michigan offensive tackle received news that his waiver cleared as he is set to return to the Wolverines for what is expected to be one more year. This is a big boost to a Michigan football team that has bled talent all over the field as they look to get back in the race for a Big Ten title, a feat never accomplished under head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Where Mayfield’s 2021 NFL Draft stock stands
As it currently stands, Mayfield is this writer’s fourth overall tackle in this 2021 NFL Draft class. His passing set is clean as you can clearly see Mayfield’s athletic ability on display. Especially when vertically dropping, Mayfield can cover ground, getting to defenders rushing from the wide-nine look without compromising his technique; where he can run into some trouble, however, is with oversetting.
His hand technique is the biggest area of concern for Mayfield at this point, as his initial contact is often too wide and lacking anticipation of the man in front of him. As it stands, Mayfield looks like a second round prospect who could easily hear his name called in a weak crop of offensive tackles in the 2021 NFL Draft. If he cleans up some of his 2019 inadequacies he could see a massive rise in the rankings.