Cade Mays heads to the NFL

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Tennessee offensive lineman Cade Mays is declaring himself for the NFL draft, according to his Instagram account.

Since the print is a bit small here in the photo, Cade started with this:

“As a kid from a small town in eastern Tennessee, it was an honor to wear orange and white and play at Neyland Stadium in front of all the amazing fans we have here in Knoxville.”

He then thanked the coaches, past and present, who trained the staff, his brothers and his teammates before formalizing the decision:

“I’m thrilled to continue pursuing my dream of playing in the NFL and will be making the 2022 NFL Draft.”

Senior OL had the option of returning to Tennessee for an additional year of eligibility, like QB Hendon Hooker did, although I can’t fault him for opting for what will likely be a hefty salary at the place.

Mays was the star kid of OL’s versatility in college, registering double-digit tackle and guard starts over his two seasons in Georgia and two seasons with the Vols. Although at 6-6, 325 he is tall enough to play a tackle in the NFL, most people following the draft have projected him as an indoor OL to the next level.

Tennessee are looking to return most, if not all, of the other full-length pieces in this year’s offensive line next season, although that is a matter of concern for the team going forward. Purdue has often made Hendon Hooker uncomfortable with the pressure in the Music City Bowl pocket, and the Flights allowed 3.5 sacks per game, the SEC’s worst this year.

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