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Name: Ryan Hayes
Weight: 307 lbs.
High school: Traverse City (MI) West
Position: Offensive tackle
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #76
Last year: I ranked Hayes #18 and said he would be the starting left tackle (LINK). He started two games.
TTB Rating: 84
Hayes played quite a bit as a redshirt freshman in 2019, making him one of the more experienced offensive linemen. Unfortunately, one of the many reasons for Michigan’s poor season in 2020 was injury, and Hayes was not spared. Along with right tackle Jalen Mayfield and center Andrew Vastardis, Hayes’s season ended early. In Hayes’s case, he did not play after Michigan’s loss to Michigan State, leaving the Wolverines to start redshirt freshman Karsen Barnhart in his place.
The left tackle position appears to be locked down by Hayes; every off-season projection has him back to starting on the blind side. He has always had tantalizing size and athleticism, but the technique and strength have been a little lacking. He still could probably add some more bulk as his career progresses, but he is up from 302 lbs. to 307 this year. Hopefully by 2022 he can be in the 315 range. Considering his experience and athleticism, Hayes should be one of the more consistent pieces on the line this season. If Michigan has a good season, I think Hayes will be named an all-conference player.
Prediction: Starting left tackle