May 28, 2024

On Friday afternoon, Jaylen Harrell, the edge rusher from Michigan, revealed on social media that he is opting out of his remaining two seasons of college eligibility to enter the NFL Draft.

Over the past four years, Jaylen Harrell expressed how transformative and incredible his journey has been, surpassing his expectations. In his announcement, he highlighted attending the esteemed University of Michigan, donning the iconic winged helmet, and earning his degree. Reflecting on his college career, he celebrated being a three-time Big Ten Champion, Rose Bowl Champion, and National Champion, expressing deep gratitude for his time in Ann Arbor.

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Harrell concluded his Michigan tenure with notable achievements, tallying 11 sacks and 20 tackles for loss in 44 games, including 31 starts. In his final season, he secured 7.5 sacks, ranking among the top three in the conference. Recognized as an All-Big Ten honorable mention for two consecutive years, he solidified his presence as a full-time starter.

Despite having a redshirted freshman year and an additional year of COVID-related eligibility, Harrell decided that now is the opportune moment to transition to the next level, embracing the title of a champion. In his announcement, he expressed gratitude to his teammates, acknowledging the shared experiences and enduring bonds forged through the highs and lows of their journey. Describing the team’s accomplishments, he emphasized their historic undefeated 15-0 season and national championship.

Standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing 242 pounds, Harrell is expected to be a highly sought-after pass rusher in the professional ranks. Joining the ranks of Michigan Wolverines declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft, alongside LaDarius Henderson, Zak Zinter, and Junior Colson, Harrell is poised to make his mark at the next level.

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