Michigan DL Gary declares for 2019 NFL Draft

Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Rashan Gary (3) rushes in the first half against the Western Michigan Broncos at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 8.Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary announced Monday he will forgo his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.

Gary is listed as No. 9 on NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang’s most recent mock and No. 6 on his Big Board. Gary would still have one more year of eligibility after this season.

The 6-foot-5, 287-pound New Jersey native made his decision known in a YouTube video posted on his Twitter page Monday, two days removed from the Wolverines’ 62-39 loss to rival Ohio State.

“I would like to thank my higher power, my family, the University of Michigan, the students and the fans,” Gary said in the video. “I will be foregoing my senior season to make a dream come true to declare for the draft. Thank you. Go Blue.”

Gary has 44 tackles this season, including seven for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He was hampered by a shoulder injury he sustained shortly before the team’s game against Notre Dame on Sept. 1.

In his three-year Michigan career, Gary has 136 tackles, including 23.5 for loss, 10 sacks and one forced fumble.

Gary was a first-team All-Big Ten player after the 2017 season and the recipient of Michigan’s Richard Katcher Award, presented annually to the team’s top defensive lineman/linebacker.

It is not immediately known if Gary will participate in Michigan’s upcoming bowl game. The Wolverines will learn which bowl they will play in on Sunday.

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