OT - ATL
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Mayfield's an athletic and explosive OT prospect that should be a perfect fit for a NFL offense that asks their Tackles to get out and lead block. Michigan primarily asked him to attack block rather than sitting back and creating a pocket, so he's a tough evaluation from a pass-protection standpoint. He has a big frame and great length, which combines extremely well with his athleticism, but he's raw in terms of NFL pass sets. When he does drop back, his footwork needs refinement and his hand placement can get him into trouble. He'll need development in these areas. He's excellent in run blocking, especially when he's asked to get out and climb to the second level. He understands positioning and how to shield off defenders to create open running lanes for the back. He has great length for the position and he's able to keep defenders from getting their hands on him. Good balance and a good core underneath him. Can struggle with hand technique from time to time and hasn't really needed to refine it up to this point. He's been bigger, stronger, and faster than the majority of EDGE rushers he's faced in CFB. However, he is susceptible to shiftier and more explosive EDGE rushers as evidenced in the Michigan State game. He struggles to get proper hand placement and the rusher is able to quickly move inside and explode through to make a play. Needs to work on tying his feet to his hands and having them work in conjunction. Fantastic athlete for his size and has incredible explosiveness out of his stance. Tough player and strong. Able to eliminate smaller players from the play once he gets his hands on them. Average anchor ability. Struggled against Minnesota and some of their bigger edge rushers. Was driven backwards a few times. Overall, Mayfield's a great developmental player that has a tremendous ceiling. While he should get a chance to work at Tackle, there's the possibility that his best position may be on the inside at guard where he can be asked to pull and jump multiple gaps. He'll need some refinement and coaching at the next level, but he has a very high ceiling.
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Jalen Mayfield selected No. 68 by Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons have selected OT Jalen Mayfield with the No. 68 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Atlanta continues to build its offense through the draft, selecting the University of Michigan tackle Jalen Mayfield to help bolster the edge of the line of scrimmage. Mayfield played just two games in 2020 due to an ankle injury but is a powerful, bull-dozing tackle that will fit well into new Falcons' head coach Arthur Smith's run-centric schemes. The 20-year old tackle possesses great leverage on blocks and quickness when pulling, which should help open up running lanes for newly signed Falcons' RB Mike Davis. The 6'5", 320-pound Mayfield can sometimes be too aggressive and lunge into defenders, which he will need to be coached up on to deal with faster and stronger edge rushers.
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