Name: Julius Welschof
Weight: 278 lbs.
High school: Germany somewhere
Position: Defensive tackle
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #96
Last year: I ranked Welschof #49 and said he would be a backup defensive end (LINK). He played in one game.
TTB Rating: 78
Michigan was very inexperienced on the defensive line last year once the team got past the top five guys (the starters plus Mike Danna), so that artificially elevated Welschof into the top 50. Now without losing much along the defensive line except tackle Mike Dwumfour, Welschof settles back down to where he should have been in 2019, right here in the 60s.
Welschof is supposedly bigger and stronger this year and looking like an interior defensive lineman. Word is that he could be bound for nose tackle. He does not appear to be in the running to start, but he could work in with the second unit. We have seen very little of him to make much of a judgment, but the buzz around him makes me think we might start to see some flashes of his athleticism and strength this year.
Prediction: Backup defensive tackle
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