Washington football WR Jalen McMillan declares for the 2024 NFL Draft

2024 CFP National Championship - Michigan v Washington
2024 CFP National Championship - Michigan v Washington / Maddie Meyer/GettyImages

Washington football wide receiver Jalen McMillan has announced that he is declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft.

McMillan's journey from a COVID-affected true freshman season to declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft has been marked by significant growth and achievements. Despite a limited start in 2020, where he only had one reception for 16 yards, McMillan emerged in 2021, playing in 11 games, amassing 39 receptions, 470 yards, and three touchdowns.

In 2022, under the guidance of head coach Kalen DeBoer and quarterback Michael Penix Jr., McMillan flourished. He recorded an impressive 79 receptions for 1,098 yards and nine touchdowns, establishing himself as a pivotal force in Washington's explosive passing game. Unfortunately, a mid-season injury in 2023 interrupted his momentum, limiting him to 45 receptions, 559 yards, and 5 touchdowns. Despite the setback, he added a rushing touchdown to his 2023 contributions.

The speculation about McMillan's potential return for a fifth season was put to rest as he declared for the NFL Draft alongside teammate Ja’Lynn Polk. McMillan's impact on the National Championship game was noteworthy, scoring the Huskies' sole touchdown against Michigan. His role as one of the key contributors to Washington's dynamic passing game underscores his significance in the team's success.

Ranked 91 on Pro Football Network’s Top 100 draft prospects list, McMillan's skill set, honed over the years, positions him as an attractive prospect for the NFL. His trajectory from a modest start to becoming an integral part of Washington's offensive prowess reflects his resilience and adaptability on the field, making him an exciting prospect for the professional league.