Landing Spots for Former Wolverines

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2May 2016
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Landing Spots for Former Wolverines

3rd round: Graham Glasgow drafted by Detroit Lions

4th round: Willie Henry drafted by Baltimore Ravens

6th round: Jake Rudock drafted by Detroit Lions

6th round: Blake Countess (transferred to Auburn) drafted by Philadelphia Eagles

Undrafted free agents:

  • FB Sione Houma to New Orleans Saints
  • FB Joe Kerridge to Washington Redskins
  • DE Mario Ojemudia to Baltimore Ravens
  • LB James Ross III to Baltimore Ravens for a tryout
  • S Jarrod Wilson to Jacksonville Jaguars
29Apr 2016
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2016 NFL Draft: 1st Round Thoughts

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This was the best thing to come out of the draft (image via This is Hattiesburg)

The first round of the NFL Draft was fantastic last night for lots of reasons. The one drawback was seeing five Ohio State Buckeyes get drafted, and I’m going to have a hard time rooting for new Detroit Lion Taylor Decker. I was hoping for Alabama center Ryan Kelly. Oh well.

All the news about Ole Miss offensive tackle was amazing:

  • His Instagram account was hacked and showed a video of him smoking a substance through a bong while wearing a gas mask
  • Messages popped up on his account showing a conversation in which it looks like he was accepting money from an athletic department official
  • He acknowledged the accuracy of these things during the post-draft press conference
  • When asked if he took money from a coach, he said yes

But no, Ole Miss isn’t guilty of anything:

Three Ole Miss players got drafted in the first round. The first was Tunsil, who was perhaps the best prospect in the draft and ended up going #13 to the Miami Dolphins. Next was wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, who seemed likely to end up at Michigan coming out of high school before the above picture was taken. And last was Robert Nkemdiche, who had some strange off-the-field issues during and after last season; it was reported last night that NFL teams might ask him to separate himself from some of his acquaintances, including his older brother Denzel.

In other news, Michigan had nobody drafted. Maybe we’ll see a Wolverine or two go off the board tonight when rounds 2 and 3 are broadcast.

Also, I got 6 picks exactly right in my mock draft (LINK), not to mention a couple other guys whom I had pegged to the right team but the teams traded up to get them (Leonard Floyd to Chicago, Germain Ifedi to Seattle). Not great, but it could have been worse.

Here are the results of the 1st round (LINK).

What did you think about the draft last night?

28Apr 2016
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2016 Mock NFL Draft

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It’s that time of the year for another mock NFL Draft. Here are my guesses for how the draft shakes out tonight. I guarantee that at least five of these picks are within 25 picks of being correct.

1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff – QB – Cal

2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz – QB – North Dakota State

3. San Diego Chargers: DeForest Buckner – DE – Oregon

4. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey – CB – Florida State

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa – DE – Ohio State

6. Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Stanley – OT – Notre Dame

7. San Francisco 49ers: Laremy Tunsil – OT – Ole Miss

8. Cleveland Browns: Josh Doctson – WR – TCU

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Leonard Floyd – OLB – Georgia

10. New York Giants: Jack Conklin – OT – Michigan State

11. Chicago Bears: Vernon Hargreaves – CB – Florida

12. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins – DT – Louisville

13. Miami Dolphins: Ezekiel Elliott – RB – Ohio State

14. Oakland Raiders: Mackensie Alexander – CB – Clemson

15. Tennessee Titans: Taylor Decker – OT – Ohio State

16. Detroit Lions: Ryan Kelly – C – Alabama

17. Atlanta Falcons: Darron Lee – LB – Ohio State

18. Indianapolis Colts: Shaq Lawson – DE – Clemson

19. Buffalo Bills: Jarran Lee – DT – Alabama

20. New York Jets: Paxton Lynch – QB – Memphis

21. Washington Redskins: A’Shawn Robinson – DT – Alabama

22. Houston Texans: Corey Coleman – WR – Baylor

23. Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell – WR – Ole Miss

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Will Fuller – WR – Notre Dame

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple – CB – Ohio State

26. Seattle Seahawks: Germain Ifedi – OG – Texas A&M

27. Green Bay Packers: Andrew Billings – DT – Baylor

28. Kansas City Chiefs: William Jackson III – CB – Houston

29. Arizona Cardinals: Robert Nkemdiche – DT – Ole Miss

30. Carolina Panthers: Artie Burns – CB – Miami

31. Denver Broncos: Karl Joseph – S – West Virginia

28Apr 2016
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ESPN 300 for 2017 updated

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Dylan McCaffrey is the #19 prospect in the country

ESPN updates its top 300 prospects for 2017 (LINK). Here’s what it looked like when it was released in July 2015 (LINK). Movement for Michigan commits:

  • Dylan McCaffrey jumped from #186 to #19
  • Ja’Raymond Hall jumped from #229 to #161
  • Joshua Ross fell from #153 to #219
  • O’Maury Samuels appeared at #222
  • J’Marick Woods appeared at #263

Hit the jump for the full rundown of Michigan targets on the list.

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27Apr 2016
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2016 NFL Draft Preview: Michigan Wolverines

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Jake Rudock

The 2016 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. I’m not the world’s biggest draft junkie (you can only have so many obsessions in your life), but I am always enthralled by the first round of the NFL Draft. Other than the Super Bowl, it’s my favorite single NFL day of the year . . . depending on whether the Lions are in the playoffs or not, which is usually not. Tomorrow night I’ll be headed to a friend’s house where a half dozen of us will eat pizza, drink cold beverages, and make fun of each other’s favorite teams.

Several Michigan Wolverines will be on the board, but none will be taken on Thursday, barring a huge surprise. With their Combine and pro day numbers in mind (LINK), here’s a look at Michigan’s representatives in the Draft and some slightly educated guesses about where they’ll go:

Graham Glasgow, C
Glasgow is 6’6″, 307 lbs. and did 23 reps on the bench at the Combine. He ran a 5.13 forty and a 4.63 shuttle time. He also performed well playing both guard and center at the Senior Bowl. He will almost certainly get drafted, but probably not as the top center. It will be interesting to see whether his multiple off-the-field issues with alcohol will cause him to slide.
Best guess: Rd. 3, #87 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals

Willie Henry, DT
Henry stands 6’2″, 303 lbs. and did 28 reps on the bench at the Combine. He ran the forty in 5.0 seconds and a 4.53 shuttle. He also showed a 30.5″ vertical and a 9’2″ broad jump. Henry has good quickness off the ball and can be a playmaker, but he’s a little bit inconsistent. He struggled to hold up at times on the interior because of leverage issues, so he’s more of a 3-tech or an undersized end in a 3-4.
Best guess: Rd. 4, #106 overall to the Chicago Bears

Hit the jump for more on the expectations for Michigan’s outgoing seniors.

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