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Name: Jaylen Harrell
Weight: 235 lbs.
High school: Tampa (FL) Berkeley Prep
Position: Defensive end
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Harrell was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 58 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks.
TTB Rating: 84
Harrell was a big pickup for Michigan late in the recruiting cycle. He was an early big-time recruit who seemed to slide in the rankings, and other teams seemed to fall off in their recruitment of him. But Michigan kept plugging away and finally reeled him in.
There’s a legitimate opportunity for a talented pass rusher to step in and play this fall. Outside linebacker Josh Uche went to the Patriots, and hybrid linebacker Khaleke Hudson went to the Redskins; they combined for 28 sacks in their careers. I have a hard time believing a true freshman will take over that role full-time, but Harrell could contribute if he’s talented enough. Other players vying for that pass rusher role are rumored to include David Ojabo and Michael Barrett, though I don’t see Barrett being too much of a threat as a pass rusher. Harrell could also play weakside end, but that might be a year or two away.
Prediction: Backup outside linebacker
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