NFL Draft Results, UDFA Signings

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28Apr 2018
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NFL Draft Results, UDFA Signings

Maurice Hurst, Jr.

Here’s a brief summary of the draft and post-draft activities for Michigan players:

DRAFTED PLAYERS
3rd round: Mason Cole – C – Arizona Cardinals (#97 overall)
5th round: Maurice Hurst, Jr. – DT – Oakland Raiders (#140 overall)

UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS
Khalid Hill – FB – Seattle Seahawks
Mike McCray II – LB – Miami Dolphins
John O’Korn – QB – Detroit Lions
Kyle Bosch – C/OG – Carolina Panthers*

Congratulations to all these guys for getting a chance to play at the next level!

*Bosch played his final three seasons at West Virginia after starting his career at Michigan

25Apr 2018
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2018 NFL Draft Preview: Michigan

Maurice Hurst, Jr.

The first round of the 2018 NFL Draft will be taking place on Thursday evening, April 26. I don’t know about you, but this is one of the top few biggest sporting events of the year for me.

There aren’t many players leaving from a young Michigan team, so this is a much shorter list than it was in 2017. I posted their Pro Day results back in March (LINK). Here’s a look at the prospective NFLers from the Maize and Blue:

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24Mar 2018
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2018 Pro Day Results

Maurice Hurst, Jr.

Michigan’s Pro Day took place on Friday, March 23. Here are the results of the video, including a wrap-up video from Michigan.

OL Mason Cole: 6’4″, 308 lbs., 78.5″ wingspan, 9 5/8″ hand size, 27.5″ vertical, 4.85 shuttle

*FB Khalid Hill: 6’2″, 263 lbs., 75.75″ wingspan, 9 3/8″ hand size, 21 x 225 bench

DT Maurice Hurst, Jr.: 6’1″, 291 lbs., 77″ wingspan, 9 3/4″ hand size, 29 x 225 bench, 4.91 forty, 31″ vertical, 7.71 three-cone drill, 4.62 shuttle, 8’8.75″ broad jump

QB John O’Korn: 6’3″, 213 lbs., 78″ wingspan, 9 3/8″ hand size, 4.96 forty, 27″ vertical, 6.95 three-cone drill, 4.6 shuttle, 8’8″ broad jump

FB Henry Poggi: 6’2″, 243 lbs., 75″ wingspan, 9 1/8″ hand size, 17 x 225 bench, 5.03 forty, 30″ vertical, 7.22 three-cone drill, 4.44 shuttle, 9’2.5″ broad jump

LB Mike Wroblewski: 6’2″, 238 lbs., 76″ wingspan, 9 3/4″ hand size, 24 x 225 bench, 4.7 forty, 32″ vertical, 6.73 three-cone drill, 4.2 shuttle, 9′ 6.25″ broad jump

*Hill has a hamstring strain that prevented him from doing more drills

 

19Feb 2018
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Goodbye, Mason Cole

Mason Cole

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HIGH SCHOOL

Cole attended Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake and was a part of the 2014 class. Originally, it looked like he would bring teammate George Campbell with him in the 2015 class, but Campbell eventually decommitted in favor of Florida State. You can check out the scouting report I put together on Cole prior to his commitment (LINK). I gave him an 87 as a Final TTB Rating (LINK).

COLLEGE

There’s really not much to be said here. Cole started every game at left tackle for his first two years on campus (2014, 2015), and then he moved to center for 2016, when he started every game at center in the wake of Graham Glasgow’s departure. With Patrick Kugler available to play center in 2017, Cole moved back to left tackle and started every game there this past season. Overall, he started 51 games out of 51 possible games throughout his career, with 38 starts at left tackle and 13 at center.

CAREER STATS

N/A

AWARDS

Second Team All-Big Ten (2016, 2017)

SUMMARY

At the risk of being chastised for tooting my own horn, the scouting report linked above was pretty spot-on. I said that Cole had the agility to play left tackle, but he could play tackle, guard, or even center. While he never played guard in college, he spent most of his career at left tackle. He measured in at the Senior Bowl with short arms for a tackle, and his lack of length and bulk gave him some issues with being an effective drive blocker at Michigan. He could latch on to a guy and move his feet, but he couldn’t collapse down a whole side of the defensive line. During his one year at center in 2016, he didn’t have a lot of busted assignments but struggled to get a ton of movement. He was a solid offensive lineman, but it’s not a fluke that he topped out at 2nd team all-conference.

I WILL REMEMBER HIM FOR . . . 

. . . doing whatever the team needed from him, and doing it well. You need a starter at left tackle during my true freshman year? Done. You need me to move from tackle all the way to center? Done. You’ve got a center you trust and a void at left tackle? I’m on it.

PROJECTION

The NFL is looking at Cole as an interior lineman, most likely a center. The aforementioned short arms will preclude him from playing tackle, and he’s probably not an ideal drive blocker to play the guard position. When NFL coaches had a chance to slot him in somewhere, they made him play center at the Senior Bowl, even though he hadn’t played the position in a game since 2016. Centers aren’t viewed as being extremely valuable in the NFL Draft, so I think we will probably see Cole drafted somewhere around the 4th round.

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