How Michigan football’s 2021 NFL draft picks fared as rookies
Despite a dismal 2020 season, Michigan’s football program was well-represented at the 2021 NFL draft. Although the Grand Rapids native played tackle at Michigan, he started 16 games at left guard for the Falcons. In three seasons at Michigan, Collins finished with 78 receptions for 1,388 yards and 13 touchdowns in 29 games. Mason, who played fullback, tight end and defensive tackle in four seasons at Michigan, has not appeared in an NFL game. 2 pick in NFL draftThe defensive back Michigan’s waiting on to break out: ‘He should be a starter’Buy Wolverines gear: Fanatics, Nike, Amazon, LidsBuy Wolverines tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Wolverines games live: fuboTV, ESPN+, Slingmlive.com
NFL Draft 2021: Michigan OL Jalen Mayfield slides to Falcons in third round
The junior offensive lineman was the second Michigan player to come off the board in the 2021 NFL Draft, taken No. It was later than where most draft analysts slotted Mayfield, an athletic 6-foot-5, 326-pound tackle with a large reach and high ceiling. He was the second Michigan player drafted by an NFL team this year, joining first-round pick Kwity Paye (No. And then the last two years, I played right tackle. Live updates: MLive’s round-by-round coverage of the 2021 NFL DraftMore: A guide to Michigan’s NFL Draft prospects — Strengths, weaknesses, projectionsMayfield’s stock was on the rise heading into 2020, with some outlets pegging him as a potential first-round pick.mlive.com
With Jalen Mayfield on the board, GR Catholic Central football will be watching NFL Draft closely
Grand Rapids Catholic Central football coach Todd Kolster will be keeping a close eye on this week’s National Football League Draft. It appears that it isn’t a question of whether 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield will be selected, but when. “There is development and what he has done, not only through Catholic Central during his years here, but at Michigan. He is 20 years old and one of the youngest players in the draft,” Kolster said. His mom and dad are good people.”MOREGR Catholic Central’s Nick Hollern to play college football, just like grandpa, dad, brothersmlive.com
2021 NFL draft preview: Rashawn Slater or Penei Sewell could take Lions’ offensive line to new heights
With all that said, though, offensive line remains part of the equation at Pick 7. Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater are both that good and worthy of the high selection. Brad Holmes and Campbell may look at their current offensive line and feel comfortable waiting until the later rounds to find depth. The team spent back-to-back picks on Jackson and Logan Stenberg last year, but only one of those names earned snaps on the offensive line. “Do we feel pretty good about where we are from an offensive line standpoint?mlive.com
Two Michigan players to Dolphins in Mel Kiper’s latest NFL mock draft
ESPN analyst Mel Kiper is out with his latest NFL mock draft, a two-round edition that includes a pair of Michigan players going to the same team. In the mock draft, published Tuesday on ESPN.com (subscription required), Kiper projects consensus first-round pick Kwity Paye to the Miami Dolphins at No. Meanwhile, Kiper projects the Dolphins to take Michigan offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield in the second round, with pick No. “St-Juste is raw; he started only 14 games for the Golden Gophers after transferring from Michigan,” Kiper notes. Read more on Michigan football:Seven U-M players projected to be drafted in CBS Sports’ latest mockJalen Mayfield slides in new NFL mock draft from ESPNDL Carlo Kemp adds versatility ahead of NFL draftLB Cam McGrone decided on the NFL draft before 2020 seasonAmbry Thomas confident in NFL ability: ‘I’m a top-5 cornerback’mlive.com
Zak Zinter is healthy again, turning heads along Michigan’s offensive line
Michigan’s offensive line went through trials and tribulations last fall while trying to adjust to changes at quarterbacks and injuries up and down the front five. The latter meant more opportunities for younger players, such as true freshman Zak Zinter, who earned snaps in all six games. I think he’s going to be a big part of what they have next year.”Helping matters, Zinter says he’s healthy again, too. Whatever Michigan’s coaching staff decides, Zinter believes he’s ready to shoulder the responsibility of an every-game starter. “We were very young last year, so now that we’ve had a few games to jell together — we’ve had this spring practice to start working with each other — we’ve got high expectations for ourselves and the offensive line,” Zinter said.mlive.com
Michigan’s Jalen Mayfield slides in new NFL mock draft from ESPN
Jalen Mayfield fell 10 spots in the latest NFL mock draft from ESPN, sliding from a late first-round pick to an early second-round selection. 38 to the Cincinnati Bengals in the latest projection from draft analyst Todd McShay, who unveiled his updated mock draft on Thursday for ESPN.com. 21, the same position from his ESPN mock draft in February. Paye is considered to be a first-round pick lock, the only one of Michigan’s 11 draft-eligible players. The NFL draft is scheduled for April 29 to May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio.mlive.com
Another NFL mock draft has two Michigan players in the first round
A second national NFL draft analyst thinks two players from the Michigan football team could be first-round picks this year. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah published his second mock draft for 2021 on NFL.com Tuesday, listing Kwity Paye and Jalen Mayfield among his first 32 picks. More: U-M football to start spring practice on MondayJeremiah thinks Mayfield could go higher than that, to the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. Michigan had 11 players declare for this year’s NFL draft, set for April 29 to May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio. Another transfer: LB Ben VanSumeren enters transfer portalNew WRs coach, Ron Bellamy, aims to raise the energy at Michiganmlive.com
Kwity Paye rises, second Michigan player appears in Todd McShay’s new NFL mock draft
ESPN’s Todd McShay is out with a new mock NFL draft, and the first round includes two Michigan players. The NFL draft analyst released his revised projection late Tuesday, moving former Wolverines defensive end Kwity Paye up to the Indianapolis Colts at No. 26 to the Baltimore Ravens by McShay last month, before the conclusion of the NFL playoffs. More: Mel Kiper projects Kwity Paye as first-round NFL draft pickMeanwhile, offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield, who left Michigan after three seasons in college, isn’t far behind to the New Orleans at No. The 2021 NFL draft is scheduled for April 29 to May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio.mlive.com
Two sidelined Michigan offensive linemen back practicing
There’s a chance that the Michigan football team gets two of its starting offensive linemen back this weekend against Penn State. “They’re both practicing, so we’re just seeing how quickly they can come back,” Warinner said. Both — or one — might be available Saturday.”More: Michigan QB Cade McNamara credits play call, key block for early sparkIn their absence, Michigan has started redshirt freshman Karsen Barnhart at left tackle, moved redshirt junior Andrew Stueber out to right tackle and started true freshman Zak Zinter at right guard. Stueber has experience at tackle, having played the position before he was sidelined with an ACL injury in 2019. He remains on the mend, which means redshirt freshman Zach Carpenter could be in line to make his second start against the winless Nittany Lions.mlive.com
No. 13 Wisconsin routs Michigan 49-11 in 1st game in 3 weeks
Wisconsin wide receiver Chimere Dike (13) gets away from Michigan defensive back Vincent Gray (4) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. 13 Wisconsin build a big lead in a 49-11 rout of Michigan on Saturday night. “It was great to get back to playing.”The Wolverines (1-3) fell behind 28-0 at halftime, their largest deficit at home since the Big House opened in 1927, and are off to their worst start since 1967. The team announced that 10 players would not be available to play at Michigan, but didn't say why they were out of the lineup. POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Badgers might up a little after slipping in the two weeks they were idle after rising to No.
Michigan football down two offensive linemen vs. Indiana
— Michigan’s football team will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season, but it will have to do it without two starting offensive linemen. Mayfield departed last weekend’s loss to Michigan State with an undisclosed lower-body injury. Expect Andrew Stueber to slide over from right guard to fill the right tackle spot, with redshirt freshman Zak Zinter getting the start at right guard. We’ve seen Honigford used as a sixth offensive linemen in the first two games, a role that could certainly be utilized again in run-blocking situations today. • After rolling with two quarterbacks in their first road game, Michigan has four in uniform today: Joe Milton and Cade McNamara, along with true freshman Dan Villari and walk-on Ren Hefley.mlive.com
Michigan depth chart: LB options if Barrett, McGrone can’t play at IU
Luke SchoonmakerNick Eubanks returned for Saturday’s game against Michigan State, catching one pass for 5 yards. Michigan wide receiver Roman Wilson (14) catches a pass against Michigan State cornerback Chris Jackson (12) during their Big Ten football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Joel HonigfordJalen Mayfield exited Saturday’s loss to Michigan State with an injury, one that was later X-rayed and found negative for a break. Greg TarrQuinn Nordin appears healthy and taken the reins as Michigan’s top placekicker, converting all three PATs and a 23-yard field goal against Michigan State. But the more intriguing battle here is at punter, where Will Hart and Brad Robbins alternated duties Saturday against Michigan State.mlive.com
Grading Michigan’s loss to Michigan State: Low marks all around
After a dominating performance in a Week 1 win against Minnesota, Michigan struggled in nearly every facet of the game in Saturday’s stunning 27-24 loss to Michigan State. Milton didn’t look as comfortable in the pocket Saturday, which partly can be attributed to the pressure MSU was getting. Milton didn’t have much success looking for his tight ends, however. While MSU only rushed for 3.3 yards per carry, Michigan only had two tackles for loss, which both came from linebackers. Michigan’s punters were busy, and Brad Robbins replaced Will Hart after he averaged just 37.8 yards on his four attempts.mlive.com
Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh gives injury updates on Cam McGrone, Jalen Mayfield
The loss against Michigan State was not the only hit Michigan’s football team took on Saturday. McGrone, Michigan’s starting “MIKE” linebacker went down in the first half and did not return. “Yeah, Cam couldn’t finish the second half,” Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said after the team’s 27-24 loss. “Wanted to but doctors held him out the second half.”Meanwhile, Mayfield appeared to be rolled up on by a MSU player in the fourth quarter. Sophomore linebacker Anthony Solomon primarily filled in at viper, Michigan’s hybrid safety/linebacker position, while senior Adam Shibley took over for McGrone.mlive.com
Lombardi helps Michigan State stun No. 13 Michigan 27-24
The Spartans (1-1, 1-1 Big Ten) appeared to be the better team all afternoon on both sides of the ball in Mel Tucker's debut as coach in the rivalry. Tucker became just the second coach to beat Michigan in his first attempt with the Spartans, joining Alabama coach Nick Saban, who did it in 1995. The Wolverines (1-1, 1-1) were favored to win by more than three touchdowns. Running back Hassan Haskins scored on a 2-yard run with 37 seconds left to help Michigan pull within three points. The onside kick was recovered by Michigan State running back Connor Heyward and Lombardi converted a fourth-and-2 from the Michigan 36 with a sneak to seal the victory.
25 players on Michigan football roster who got scholarship offers from Minnesota
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – There are 25 players on the Michigan football roster who received scholarship offers from Minnesota during their recruiting processes. TE Erick AllRecruiting profile: 4-star, No. OL Karsen BarnhartRecruiting profile: 4-star, No. HenningRecruiting profile: 4-star, No. DL Luiji VilainRecruiting profile: 4-star, No.
Michigan had OL Jalen Mayfield practice with backups upon return
Jalen Mayfield said he was going to come back, and Michigan made sure he earned his spot. He spent time after practice working out and running, Warinner said, a slow buildup for his full return. More: Mayfield credits push from teammates for Michigan return“Yeah, it was measured,” Warinner said. ET, ABC), while Mayfield — who started all 13 games at right tackle in 2019 — is expected to handle the opposite side. And now I’m happy to be back.”Since his return, Mayfield has shown leadership both in the locker room and on the practice field, said Warinner, who enters his third season at Michigan.mlive.com
Jim Harbaugh makes Michigan football’s starting offensive line official
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan football has to replace four offensive linemen from last season, and Jim Harbaugh revealed the new starting five during his Monday press conference. Jalen Mayfield and Ryan Hayes will be the starting tackles, which is no surprise since both have prior starting experience. Stueber and Mayfield were in a battle for the starting right tackle spot last August before that injury, and now Stueber has moved inside. LATEST: Michigan vs. Michigan State will kick off at noon on HalloweenFormer walk-on O-lineman Andrew Vastardis will start at center as a fifth-year senior. “He has been the leader on the offensive line for several months, since the season ended, since last year ended,” Harbaugh said.
12 takeaways from Jim Harbaugh: Nico Collins, O-line starters, QB battle, team health
TRANSFER NEWS: Charles Thomas enters transfer portal as future linebacker room gets crowded“They have been through a lot,” Harbaugh said. I feel really good about them in terms of competitiveness, and oneness -- probably the most important thing. “A lot of really good leaders, a lot of guys who are really invested and a lot of guys who really like each other,” Harbaugh said. “(Nordin)'s in a real competitive battle with (Jake) Moody, who’s also doing a really good job, so it’s still playing out,” Harbaugh said. I feel the talent is really good, and I think they’ll all eventually see action, but those are really tight battles."
Michigan gets commitment from grad transfer offensive tackle Willie Allen
Michigan appears to have added some depth along the offensive line. Former Louisiana Tech tackle Willie Allen, who entered the NCAA transfer portal Monday, committed to the Wolverines on Thursday night in a post on Twitter. The 6-foot-6, 343-pounder opted out of the 2020 season, citing COVID-19 concerns. “With so much going on in this country, my health and COVID-19 impacting me personally, I have decided to opt-out for the 2020 season,” Allen wrote Sept. 29 on Twitter. “I look forward to returning to the field in 2021.”This season, Michigan will have four new starters along the offensive line as redshirt sophomore right tackle Jalen Mayfield is the only returner.mlive.com
Michigan expected to be good, not great, again with Harbaugh
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan has been good, not great, under coach Jim Harbaugh. Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye said the team is under the radar and has taken a lot of punches from people. Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has said more than once that he wants Harbaugh to lead the Wolverines until he chooses to retire from coaching. Heading into his sixth season, though, Harbaugh has just two years left on a deal that pays him about $7 million per season. The Wolverines host rival Michigan State and its new coach, Mel Tucker, in their second game.
OL Jalen Mayfield credits Michigan return to push from teammates
While the opportunity to play another season at Michigan was the primary selling point, Jalen Mayfield credits his teammates for pushing him over the finish line. “Couple days after (the Big Ten returned), a couple guys were texting me, letting me know that I’m welcomed back,” Mayfield said. More: Jalen Mayfield eligible to play for U-M this fall“Yeah, it was kind of (like) recruiting all over again,” Mayfield said laughing. "When he left, it was definitely kind of a big shock I felt like, but I was definitely in contact with him, talking to him. “I’ve talked to them a couple times, but it’s their decision,” Mayfield said.mlive.com
Top 10 candidates for Michigan football’s 2020 team MVP
As a potential first-round draft pick, Mayfield certainly belongs in Michigan’s MVP conversation, even though he won’t stuff any stat sheets as an O-lineman. Even if he doesn’t ultimately win team MVP, Mayfield could end up being the most important player. LB Cam McGroneCameron McGrone #44 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates a fourth quarter sack against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Michigan Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. DE Kwity PayeKwity Paye #19 of the Michigan Wolverines tries to sack Peyton Ramsey #12 of the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Then they would both be candidates for team MVP.
Michigan OL Jalen Mayfield eligible to play this fall
Jalen Mayfield, who announced plans in August to forego his remaining three years of eligibility and declare for the NFL draft, has been granted permission to play during the abbreviated Big Ten season. Head coach Jim Harbaugh revealed the decision Monday on the “Inside Michigan Football” radio show. “Specifically with Jalen Mayfield, he did submit a waiver to be able to come back and play,” Harbaugh told host Jon Jansen. “Everything looks good for Jalen to return,” Warinner said on the show. “The last time Jalen Mayfield had pads on was Jan. 1,” Warinner said.mlive.com
Josh Gattis makes the case for Michigan’s inexperienced offensive line
Even with Jalen Mayfield planning a return to Michigan, the football team’s offensive line has some work to do this fall. Among the group, Gattis singled out Andrew Vastardis, the fifth-year senior, as having taken over a leadership role. And offensive line coach Ed Warinner has praised the ability and ceiling of redshirt sophomore Ryan Hayes — who started two games for Jon Runyan last fall — at left tackle. “Obviously getting the great news that Jalen’s coming back (helps),” Gattis said, pointing to the honorable mention all-Big Ten selection’s desire to improve his play while helping bolster Michigan’s offensive line. But the offensive line is an all-or-nothing unit.mlive.com
Reports: Michigan OL Jalen Mayfield plans to return for 2020 season
Michigan offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield, who announced last month plans to declare for the NFL draft, appears headed back to Ann Arbor. The Wolverines' starting right tackle plans to opt back in for the 2020 Big Ten season and play this fall, ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren reported Friday afternoon. I just spoke to Michigan offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield who confirmed he is opting back in to play for Michigan this season. Big for Michigan after losing four offensive linemen to the NFL draft. He announced Aug. 18, a week after the Big Ten postponed the fall sports season, plans to forego his remaining eligibility.mlive.com
University of Michigan junior OT Jalen Mayfield leaves to enter NFL draft
All rights reserved)ANN ARBOR, Mich. Michigan offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield is entering the NFL draft. These last few weeks have been filled with stress and have put me in a place where I have a difficult decision to make, Mayfield wrote in his post. Mayfield chose to leave the Wolverines one week after the Big Ten postponed its fall football season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Mayfield was an honorable mention All-Big Ten player last season after starting 13 games at right tackle. The NFL plans to hold its draft outdoors in Cleveland next year from April 29 to May 1.
Michigan football loses potential starting right tackle Andrew Stueber to leg injury
Andrew Stueber #71 of the Michigan Wolverines blocks against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan football lost a possible starting offensive lineman this week as right tackle Andrew Stueber suffered a leg injury, Ed Warinner said. BIG time accomplishment #ourworkisntdone pic.twitter.com/0C3f0WIWuM Ed Warinner (@4Warinner) November 29, 2018Stueber, now a redshirt sophomore, filled in as a starter last season when right tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty went down with an injury. "We have a lot of good players developing behind Jon Runyan and Jalen Mayfield," Warinner said. Here is Coach Ed Warinner (@4Warinner) with Jon Jansen (@JonJansen77) on the loss of Andrew Stueber to injury.