Michigan lineman Jalen Mayfield on the possibility of the Jacksonville Jaguars: “It would be an honor.”
Jalen Mayfield was asked about three teams in a row during his Pro Day this Wednesday. The Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman has appeared as a potential first classic in a few mock drafts, including the latest from NFL Network expert Daniel Jeremiah.
Jeremiah mocked Mayfield at the Pittsburgh Steelers, the first team he was asked about during his Pro Day, but his answer was short and sweet.
“Are you in contact with the Steelers?”
The next question prompted Mayfield whether or not he had any contact with the Los Angeles Chargers during the preliminary draft meetings.
But next, Jaguar Report could ask Mayfield if he’d spoken to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I’ve talked to the Jaguars … only you know, get to know me and really talk about football.”
While they were talking, the jaguars learned of a prospect who last came to the draft as a real attacker, but who has played across the board.
“I can play any of the five positions up front. I play middle, guard, duel and I feel pretty comfortable playing left. In my first year I played left tackle. And then I’ve played the right tackle for the past two years to make me feel very comfortable with both sides. I think you know the more versatile you are, the better the chance you will have a longer lasting and NFL.
“I see myself pretty well in a duel. I feel very sporty. I am now able to move sideways and do a lot of the blocks that ask me and I feel like you know my versatility is really going to show [at Pro Day]You will be able to see me, move, and try different things so I think everyone would be kind of surprised in time. “
The jaguars spent much of the off-season consolidating their line of attack with parts already in the building. The club placed the franchise tag on the left tackle against Cam Robinson, re-signed sixth year lineman Tyler Shatley, and revised the contract for veteran Andrew Norwell.
Robinson was arguably the biggest addition of all. The Jaguars own the number 1 for next month’s 2021 NFL draft, and all signs point to they’ll be using it for Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence is a talent of the generation with the likelihood of becoming a franchise quarterback and could easily be a beginner on day one. If this is the case despite tremendous skill and talent, then the rookie will need extra protection as he adapts to the league.
Incidentally, the coaching staff does not want to hand over another rookie at any point to build a wall around the future of your franchise. So, if Mayfield ended up in Jacksonville, he’d probably be a backup player, someone who can learn from a seasoned veteran and take the time to adjust to the game.
Mayfield will take some time to adjust. While he has all the talent and the cap to make it an early pick, it has less than 20 starts to his name. Part of that is due to an ankle sprain affecting his season after two games last fall.
Jeremiah names Mayfield a future start right tackle in the league and has ranked Mayfield as the third best tackle prospect in the upcoming draft.
While the jaguars want to build a new future, a versatile and talented lineman could make a difference. And for one of the better options in that category in this design, the jaguars are a fascinating option too.
“I really have my greatest respect for you [Jaguars’ head coach] Urban Meyer, you know, the stuff he did in Ohio State was really fantastic for him and I have no doubt about it [the Jaguars will] can be an aspiring team over the years and he’s a great coach and they are going to have some great players over the next few years.
“If I’m taken there it would be an honor.”