Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary announces he will enter 2019 NFL draft

Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary announces he will enter 2019 NFL draft

Michigan Wolverines lineman Rashan Gary to enter NFL draft

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two days after losing to Ohio State, 62-39, Michigan junior defensive lineman Rashan Gary announced that he will forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Gary was the former No. 1 prospect in the country in 2016 according to 247Sports.com. He chose Michigan on National Signing Day.

Michigan footballs Rashan Gary to declare for 2019 NFL draft

He finished his college career with 24 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and 137 tackles. But in his three seasons at Michigan, he and the Wolverines went 0-3 against Ohio State.

Even as Paramus Catholic struggled to a 3-6 record, Gary ended his senior year with 13 sacks and racked up more than 25 tackles for loss. Gary was a terror on the field and was ultimately never impacted by a contested transfer from Scotch Plains-Fanwood to Paramus Catholic after his sophomore year. 

Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary announced his intention to enter the upcoming NFL draft via a video posted to YouTube Monday.

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Gary, the No. 4 prospect on Daniel Jeremiahs and Bucky Brooks 2019 prospect rankings list, was a force for the nations top-ranked defense, racking up 38 tackle and 3.5 sacks in just nine games. The Wolverines stymied opponents on a weekly basis following an early season loss at Notre Dame, winning by wide margins thanks to their suffocating defense and steadily improving offense.

Defensive lineman Rashan Gary will forgo his senior season at the University of Michigan to enter the 2019 NFL draft.

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That same group suffered multiple key injuries, including a brief exit by Gary, in a 62-39 loss to Ohio State.

Gary, who finished his Michigan career with 137 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks in 35 games, was the top-ranked overall recruit in the 2016 recruiting class. Hailing from Plainfield, New Jersey and graduating from Paramus Catholic, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound end is largely regarded as a potential top-10 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft thanks to his unique blend of size, speed and strength. He was No. 8 on ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kipers Big Board of 2019 prospects earlier this month.

For his career, Gary logged 10.5 sacks from 2016-2018 in 35 games played. Hes steadily owned the No. 4 spot in Jeremiahs and Brooks rankings for much of the college season, though there are concerns about his durability. These same concerns should make it unlikely that hell play in Michigans upcoming bowl game, now that the loss to Ohio State has essentially knocked the Wolverines out of College Football Playoff contention.

In his announcement video, Gary did not make clear if he intended to play in Michigan’s upcoming bowl game, which appears likely to be either the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl or Peach Bowl. Michigan fans will also await NFL Draft decisions from several other starters, including linebacker Devin Bush Jr. (who was sixth on Kipers board), cornerback Lavert Hill, cornerback David Long Jr., tight end Zach Gentry, offensive guard Ben Bredeson and quarterback Shea Patterson.

Rashan Gary to declare for NFL Draft

Arizona State receiver KNeal Harry also announced his intention to enter the upcoming draft via Twitter.

Harry teamed with Sun Devils quarterback Manny Wilkins to post consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, serving as Arizona States top threat in the passing game in that span. Harry has been an instant contributor sinec arriving in 2016, recording at least 58 receptions in each of his three seasons in Tempe, and scoring 17 touchdowns on 155 receptions between 2017-2018.

As one of the top defensive players in a potentially deep NFL draft class, this decision isn’t very surprising as his versatile skill set translates very well to multiple defensive schemes at the next level — as an inside defender in a 43 scheme, a 5-technique in a 34 scheme, and a Da’Shawn Hand clone in a multiple scheme.

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