2018 Season Countdown: #98 Vincent Gray

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26May 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #98 Vincent Gray

Vincent Gray

Name: Vincent Gray
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 180 lbs.
High school: Rochester (MI) Adams
Position: Cornerback
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Gray was a senior in high school (LINK).

Michigan took a late flier on Gray, which caused him to decommit from Missouri. Oregon was really his only other offer from a successful program, and Michigan fans showed mixed emotions. Gray finished the cycle as a 3-star, the #63 cornerback, and #702 overall. Maybe he has the size to be an early contributor, but the athleticism and technique leave something to be desired. Michigan didn’t lose any of their corners from last season, so there’s not much opportunity for playing time. Starters Lavert Hill and David Long return, while backup Brandon Watson has established himself as a very solid third corner. The Wolverines also signed several other defensive backs in the 2018 class. It would seem to make sense for Gray to redshirt, although burning redshirts unnecessarily happens on occasion.

Prediction: Redshirt

25May 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #99 Greg Robinson

Guess which one of these guys plays for Michigan now. (image via Scouting Ohio)

Name: Greg Robinson
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 290 lbs.
High school: Hudson (OH) Hudson
Position: Offensive tackle
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #79
Last year: I did not rank Robinson. He did not see game action.

I have no inside info that Robinson will be a contributor to the team, and at #99, that’s not the expectation, anyway. But by golly, a 6’6″, 290-pounder to throw out there on the scout team offensive line ought to be worth something.

Prediction: Backup offensive tackle

P.S. He’s the big guy in the foreground.

22May 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #100 Jameson Offerdahl

Jameson Offerdahl (#56, image via MLive)

Name: Jameson Offerdahl
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 214 lbs.
High school: Fort Lauderdale (FL) Cardinal Gibbons
Position: Linebacker
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #56
Last year: I did not rank Offerdahl. He played in one game.

Offerdahl was a guy whose film I liked coming out of high school, and he has turned in some solid practice performances the past couple years. He was Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week twice in 2016, and he was Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. For that reason alone, I might have him a little underrated here at #100 overall. Good scout team players are valuable. The reason I can’t place him higher on the list is that Don Brown doesn’t bother going very deep in his linebacker rotation, and there are a handful of guys ahead of Offerdahl. Offerdahl might be getting off-season hype like the days of Kevin Leach and Mark Moundros, except there’s so much other talent available on the roster that Michigan doesn’t need a Kevin Leach this season. Offerdahl has taken incremental steps forward each season, and since he played against Ohio State, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the coaching staff looked to him to play more special teams in 2018.

Prediction: Backup linebacker, special teamer

20May 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #101 Dane Drobocky

Dane Drobocky (image via 247 Sports)

Name: Dane Drobocky
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 234 lbs.
High school: Bowling Green (KY) Bowling Green
Position: Defensive end
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #37
Last year: I did not rank Drobocky. He did not see game action.

Drobocky has not played during his first two seasons on campus, but he did win Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week for the preparation week leading up to the Minnesota game last season. When he came out of high school, I thought he would be a tight end, but Michigan has plenty of those. Drobocky is also unlikely to see the field as a defensive end this season, unless a game gets out of hand. There’s something to be said for being a scout team player of the week, and Drobocky’s also the type who could help out a little bit on the punt or punt return unit.

Prediction: Backup defensive end, special teamer

19May 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #102 Jess Speight

Jess Speight

Name: Jess Speight
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 289 lbs.
High school: Richmond (VA) Collegiate
Position: Center
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #67
Last year: I did not rank Speight. He redshirted.

Speight, who is the brother of former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight, is the rare walk-on offensive lineman who actually got me excited a little bit. He has some decent talent and quickness, though he’s probably a little bit light still if the 289 lbs. on the roster is accurate. There’s also the problem of sophomore super-recruit and center Cesar Ruiz, who some have labeled already as Michigan’s best lineman, and who plays the same position as Jess Speight. I wouldn’t put it outside the realm of possibility for Speight to become Michigan’s starting center if he sticks around long enough, but that will probably have to be after Ruiz moves on to the NFL in a few years. For now Michigan also has the option of Stephen Spanellis, who has practiced at center and played there in the bowl game against South Carolina. Speight’s time won’t come this year, but he’s one to keep an eye on in the coming years.

Prediction: Backup offensive lineman

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