Way Too Early 2019 Depth Chart: July 2018

Way Too Early 2019 Depth Chart: July 2018

July 3, 2018


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I usually don’t post projected depth charts this early, but a recent comment inspired my thinking about the 2019 season. I’ll grant that it’s extremely early and lots of things will change between now and the 2019 season opener, but it’s fun to think about the future, nevertheless.

NOTE: All players whose eligibility will not expire are considered for the depth chart, so potential early NFL draft entrants (Rashan Gary, Shea Patterson, etc.) still appear on this chart.

Hit the jump for an early look at 2019.

QB: Shea Patterson (Sr.), Brandon Peters (RS Jr.), Dylan McCaffrey (RS So.), Joe Milton (So.), Cade McNamara (Fr.), Jeff George Jr. (RS Sr.)
RB: Chris Evans (Sr.), O’Maury Samuels (Jr.), Zach Charbonnet (Fr.), Christian Turner (So.), Eric Gray (Fr.), Michael Barrett (So.), Hassan Haskins (So.), Kurt Taylor (RS So.)
FB: Ben Mason (Jr.), Ben VanSumeren (So.), Peter Bush (RS Jr.)
WR1: Tarik Black (RS So.), Nate Schoenle (Sr.)
WR2: Donovan Peoples-Jones (Jr.), Nico Collins (Jr.)
WR3: Oliver Martin (RS So.), Eddie McDoom (Sr.), Ronnie Bell (So.), George Johnson III (Fr.)
TE: Sean McKeon (Sr.), Zach Gentry (RS Sr.), Nick Eubanks (RS Jr.), Tyrone Wheatley (RS Sr.), Mustapha Muhammad (So.), Luke Schoonmaker (So.), Erick All (Fr.)
LT: James Hudson (RS So.), Grant Newsome (RS Sr.), Jalen Mayfield (So.), Trente Jones (Fr.)
LG: Ben Bredeson (Sr.), Chuck Filiaga (RS So.), Joel Honigford (RS So.), Nolan Rumler (Fr.)
C: Cesar Ruiz (Jr.), Stephen Spanellis (RS Jr.), Andrew Vastardis (RS Jr.), Jess Speight (RS So.)
RG: Michael Onwenu (Sr.), Stephen Spanellis (RS Jr.), Zach Carpenter (Fr.), Karsen Barnhart (Fr.)
RT: Jon Runyan, Jr. (RS Sr.), Andrew Stueber (RS So.), Nolan Ulizio (RS Sr.), Ryan Hayes (So.), Jack Stewart (Fr.)

SDE: Rashan Gary (Sr.), Carlo Kemp (RS Jr.), Ron Johnson (RS Jr.), Deron Irving-Bey (RS So.), Aidan Hutchinson (So.), Julius Welschof (So.), Chris Hinton (Fr.), David Ojabo (Fr.)
DT: Michael Dwumfour (RS Jr.), Donovan Jeter (RS So.), Mazi Smith (Fr.), Carl Myers (Sr.)
NT: Aubrey Solomon (Jr.), Phillip Paea (RS So.)
WDE: Kwity Paye (Jr.), Luiji Vilain (RS So.), Reuben Jones (RS Sr.), Stephen Herron (Fr.), Gabe Newburg (Fr.)
Viper/SAM: Khaleke Hudson (Sr.), Joshua Uche (Sr.), Joey Velazquez (Fr.)
MIKE: Devin Bush (Sr.), Drew Singleton (RS So.), Charles Thomas (Fr.)
WILL: Devin Gil (Sr.), Josh Ross (Jr.), Jordan Anthony (RS So.), Cameron McGrone (So.)
CB: Lavert Hill (Sr.),  Ambry Thomas (Jr.), Myles Sims (So.), Gemon Green (So.)
CB: David Long (Sr.), Benjamin St-Juste (Jr.), Vincent Gray (So.), D.J. Turner II (Fr.)
FS: Jaylen Kelly-Powell (Jr.), German Green (So.), Sammy Faustin (So.)
SS: Joshua Metellus (Sr.), Jordan Glasgow (RS Sr.),  J’Marick Woods (Jr.)

K: Quinn Nordin (RS Jr.)
P: Brad Robbins (Jr.), Will Hart (RS Jr.)

What do you think of that lineup?


  1. Avatar
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    Jul 03, 2018 at 7:22 AM

    Looks like a pretty good depth chart. I wish one of the SEVEN tight ends was a true offense sive tackle instead. Still the glaring weakness of the team.

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    Jul 03, 2018 at 7:33 AM

    Really excited about this year! Noticed K. Higdon is missing from the RB spot, typo? Or am I missing something..
    Thanks again for the blog! Such a great read everyday

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      Jul 03, 2018 at 7:49 AM

      2019 depth chart. I had similar thoughts before i figured it out.

    • Thunder
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      Jul 03, 2018 at 8:05 AM

      No offense, but I tried to make it pretty clear in the post that this is looking at NEXT YEAR, not this year.

  3. A2Photonut
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    Jul 03, 2018 at 7:34 AM

    Seems a little too optimistic in regards to people returning for their senior year. I see several who could opt for the draft on that list.

    • Thunder
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      Jul 03, 2018 at 8:06 AM

      Yeah, I mentioned that in the post. Obviously, it’s unlikely that Patterson AND Gary AND Hudson AND Hill AND Long AND everyone else are going to stick around for 2019.

      • JC
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        Jul 03, 2018 at 2:02 PM

        Well, no, but you can imagine what it’d be like if they did? Alright, everybody BACK ON THE BUS.

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    Jul 03, 2018 at 7:46 AM

    It looks better than a very similar lineup looks for 2018. We definitely can use at least 1 more DT in this cycle, I’d prefer an NT. WDE looks a lot better when you type in Ojabo.

    Is Kemp not moving to 3 tech?

    I think that Hutchinson and/or Weischof both move past people. I think one of them probably has to move inside … probably Hutchinson.

    I also think that they go looking for ways to get Woods on the field, maybe move Metellus to FS.

    If Hudson has a reasonably effective 2018 at LT, and Newsome can clear, he’d be a pretty sweet RT. Honigford is a guard now? That boy better get real serious about the training table?

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    Jul 03, 2018 at 8:07 AM

    Where is Mone?

    • Thunder
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      Jul 03, 2018 at 8:10 AM


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        Jul 03, 2018 at 8:51 AM

        Maybe bold type.

        Or, Way, Way early …

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    Jul 03, 2018 at 9:08 AM

    Hilarious how many skipped the write-up and went straight to the chart

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    Jul 03, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Good starters, but very thin after that at wideout. We’ve had significant attrition there, and have not replaced those guys with comparable prospects. We really need at least one high quality WR yet in the 2019 class, who could be ready to step in and contribute significantly in 2020. Otherwise we could be looking at a significant roster hole.

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    Jul 03, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    I asked this in Jordan Anthony’s countdown post but was a few days late in posting it. Given his size and athleticism (and talent ahead of him at LB), do you think we will see him at Viper down the road?

    • Thunder
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      Jul 03, 2018 at 10:39 PM

      Sorry. I thought I answered that, but I remember I was at the grocery story and only THOUGHT about the answer and never did it. No, I don’t think Michigan will use him as a Viper. The way the Viper has been deployed so far, it’s a 205-210 lb. athletic freak. Anthony is about 235 lbs. and not as explosive as Peppers/Hudson, so I think Anthony will be limited to the more traditional linebacker roles in Michigan’s defense.

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        Jul 04, 2018 at 5:48 AM

        Singleton? Better athlete, not quite as big.

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        • Thunder
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          Jul 04, 2018 at 11:51 AM

          I don’t think we will see him at Viper, either.

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            Jul 04, 2018 at 4:13 PM

            Yeah, I mostly agree, particularly with the way we cover with the viper. Although, There are sets where 10/15 lbs more kid wouldn’t be the worst thing.

  9. Blue in NC
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    Blue in NC
    Jul 03, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    I am basing this only the recruit hype obviously but I would be surprised if Cam McGrone is not better than 4th on the depth chart. But yes, I understand the rationale for parking him there (age).

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    Jul 04, 2018 at 11:49 AM

    This point of this post to me is that depth chart would be one of the favorites to win a National Championship.

    Harbaugh is recruiting at a rate right now that should consistently put Michigan in the hunt.

  11. MGoStrength
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    Jul 05, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    I’m a little surprised that you expect Runyan to hold down the RT spot over some of the younger guys like Mayfield, Filliaga, Stuber, & Hayes. I’m also surprised you expect Gill to hold off the younger LBs (Ross, Anthony, Singleton) at the WILL.

    Looking at the depth chart makes me a little nervous at WR if Black & DPJ both decide to enter the NFL after their Jr years. Maybe Collins will develop enough to fill the void of one, but I don’t see anyone that has both speed & ball skills. McDoom has speed, I haven’t seen enough of the other guys to know if they have the ball skills, but none of them have the skills set of a DPJ or the ball skills of a Collins. Lets hope Ford goes blue.

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      Jul 05, 2018 at 6:08 PM

      yeah they could seriously use a few big talented WRs in this class along with another DT and 1-2 DBs.

      theyve added enough SDE types in the past few classes that a couple of those guys should be able to handle playing inside (like wormley, kemp, etc), whether its necessary or just natural progression as they mature in the program. and i cant imagine hinton doesnt end up inside (if he remains on D – im with thunder in that his film suggests higher potential at OL).

      i like mazi smith and his potential and i think warren could be a steal (jury still out and well see if he plateaus, but i see a fire hydrant with some mobility on fairly impressive soph tape, and he seems like hell take to mattisons coaching) however theyre still a little light moving forward.

      they could use another natural DT or 2 given the #s – i read paea permanently switched to O (which i also agree with – his demeanor and playing style on tape screamed OL not DL) so theyre even lighter on the interior.

      should be real interesting to see how this current class finishes

    • Thunder
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      Jul 05, 2018 at 6:53 PM

      It’s two years away. I’m bound to be wrong about a bunch of those things. It’s more a look at WHO will be on the roster, rather than WHERE they will be in the pecking order.

      What are the chances that both Black and Peoples-Jones will declare for the draft after their third years? This is a serious question. Michigan hasn’t had two receivers good enough to leave early in a long time (the last time was 2007 when Manningham/Arrington left just prior to the Rich Rodriguez era). Will there be enough production from the QB to make two receivers look good enough to leave? Harbaugh’s receivers at Stanford weren’t highly productive. I don’t see both of those guys leaving after 2019. But we’ll see.

  12. JC
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    Jul 05, 2018 at 1:08 PM

    As long as either Long or Hill stays, we’re going to be a top 10 team in 2019.

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