2017 Season Countdown: #83 Corey Malone-Hatcher

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19May 2017
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2017 Season Countdown: #83 Corey Malone-Hatcher

Corey Malone-Hatcher (image via The Wolverine)

Name: Corey Malone-Hatcher
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 245 lbs.
High school: St. Joseph (MI) St. Joseph
Position: Defensive end
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: #33
Last year: Malone-Hatcher was a senior in high school. He made 90 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.
Final TTB Rating:
 49

Malone-Hatcher injured his ankle (an injury that was rumored to be a torn Achilles) as a junior in high school and missed most of that season. He returned in 2016 to put up some pretty impressive numbers, including playing a high school game at Michigan Stadium at the beginning of the season. Along with playing defensive end, he doubled as a tight end at times.

I ended up giving Malone-Hatcher a TTB Rating of 49. He has reportedly struggled with some aspects of college during his first few months on campus, and I simply think he’s not quite as talented as some other guys Michigan has brought in. Either way, he’s a little undersized and lacked technique, so I think he’s going to redshirt as a true freshman. He may eventually grow into a strongside end, but right now he looks to be behind redshirt junior Chase Winovich and sophomore Carlo Kemp, and I believe Luiji Vilain has a great chance to play early when he arrives on campus this year.

Prediction: Redshirt

17May 2017
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2017 Season Countdown: #84 Tru Wilson

Tru Wilson

Name: Tru Wilson
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 190 lbs.
High school: Warren (MI) De La Salle
Position: Running back
Class: Sophomore
Jersey number: #27
Last year: I did not rank Wilson. He had 1 carry for 1 yard.

Wilson is one of the more heralded preferred walk-on players you might find after being chosen as a safety for the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Wilson was a standout running back and safety at De La Salle, and that talent carried over into some playing time as a true freshman walk-on. One of three walk-ons to play as true freshmen – joining defensive lineman Carl Myers and wide receiver Nate Schoenle – Wilson also looked solid this spring, running the ball with authority despite average size. As long as the other running backs behave themselves and stay healthy, Wilson will probably be watching from the sideline on offense. But with a variety of skills and some decent athleticism, he may be effective and useful on special teams.

Prediction: Backup running back, special teamer

17May 2017
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Way Too Early 2017 Depth Chart: May 2017

Chris Evans (image via 247 Sports)

DRAWING UPDATE: Since a couple weeks ago, the number of avatars being uploaded has slowed. Right now we’re at #57. When we get to #75, there will be a $25 Amazon gift card drawing where everyone (#1-#75) will be entered. So if you haven’t done so already, find a picture and use it!


Back in August I took a look at how the depth chart might look in 2017 (LINK), and then I updated it in September (LINK), November (LINK), January (LINK), February (LINK), March (LINK), and April (LINK). Of course, things are always fluid, there will be early departures, there will be injuries, etc. But now that we have the 2017 class signed or enrolled early, things are perhaps a little bit clearer.

This update is posted with knowledge of the spring game and the last few practices in Rome.

Hit the jump for another early look at 2017.

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