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Michigan State receiver declares for 2022 NFL draft

Chandler Vessels01/03/22
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Michigan State receiver Jalen Nailor will enter the 2022 NFL draft, he posted Monday via Twitter. The redshirt junior just completed his four year in East Lansing.

“First off, I would like to thank God for all that he has done for me every step of the way,” Nailor wrote. “Without him, none of this would be possible. I would like to thank my family for keeping me going through life with being far away from home and getting their endless support. That means the most to me.

“Lastly, I would like to thank all of Spartan Nation for a great four years. That being said, I will be declaring for the 2022 NFL draft.”

Nailor came to East Lansing in 2018 as a three-star recruit and the No. 130 receiver according to On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

The receiver finished his college career with 86 catches for 1,454 yards and 12 touchdowns. This season he recorded 37 catches, 695 yards and six touchdowns, all of which were career highs. He was second on Michigan State in receiving behind Jayden Reed, though it should be noted Nailor missed four games.

The Spartans finished the year with an 11-2 record, claiming a Peach Bowl victory against Pittsburgh. Nailor led the team with six catches for 108 yards in his final game in a Michigan State uniform.

2021 included plenty of good memories for the fourth-year player, including defeating rival Michigan. MSU began the season with an 8-0 record, at one point looking like the favorite to win the conference. However, it lost two of its final four games to fall out of championship contention.

The Michigan State receiver will first get a chance to hear his name called on April 28, but the NFL draft runs through April 30. The Spartans open the 2022 season on Sept. 3 against Western Michigan.