Boye Mafe showed progression each season of his career at Minnesota. Now, he has a chance to begin his career in the NFL.

Mafe originally joined the Gophers as a 3-star member of the 2017 recruiting class. As a redshirt freshman in 2018, he posted half a sack.

From there, he improved his numbers to 3 sacks and 3.5 TFL. Then, during the shortened 2020 season, Mafe was able to improve on those numbers with 4.5 sacks and 5.5 TFL in 6 games.

For his final season, Mafe hit double-digit TFL with 10 and posted a career-best 7 sacks. Mafe also had 3 forced fumbles over his final two seasons.

Now entering the pre-draft process, Jim Nagy said Saturday that Mafe is still flying under the radar but is likely to jump up as he shows off his athleticism. The Executive Director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl, Nagy said Mafe put a 40-inch vertical jump on display during some pre-draft workouts.

Nagy also pointed toward Mafe as a player to watch during the 1-on-1 drills as a part of Senior Bowl practices: