NFL Draft results: Michigan

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28Apr 2013
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NFL Draft results: Michigan

Denard Robinson dropped to the fifth round

Here’s a look at the NFL Draft-related movement for Michigan players over the last 24 hours.  A couple Wolverines were drafted, and several more have been signed as free agents.

  • Offensive guard Ricky Barnum signed as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins
  • Defensive tackle William Campbell was chosen in the 6th round (#178 overall) by the New York Jets, who plan to play him at offensive guard
  • Linebacker Kenny Demens signed as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals
  • Linebacker Brandin Hawthorne signed as an undrafted free agent with the St. Louis rams
  • Safety Jordan Kovacs signed as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins
  • Offensive center/guard Elliott Mealer signed as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints
  • Offensive guard Patrick Omameh signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers
  • Quarterback Denard Robinson was chosen in the 5th round (#135 overall) by the Jacksonville Jaguars, who plan to play him at running back, slot receiver, and kick returner
  • Defensive end Craig Roh signed as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers
  • Wide receiver Roy Roundtree signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals
Still unsigned are cornerback J.T. Floyd, tight end Brandon Moore, and running back Vincent Smith.
27Apr 2013
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Review of 2013 Mock NFL Draft

I’m going to compare my mock draft with that of writer Don Banks, who filled out his 2013 NFL Mock Draft 7.0 shortly before the draft.  Here’s the way I’m awarding points: 2 points for correct team and draft slot, 1 point for correct team or slot, and .5 points for correct position.  Let’s see how it goes.

1. Kansas City Chiefs
My pick:
 Eric Fisher +2
Banks: Fisher +2
Actual: Fisher

2. Jacksonville Jaguars
My pick:
 Luke Joeckel +2
Banks: Joeckel +2
Actual: Joeckel

3. Oakland Raiders Miami Dolphins
My pick:
 Sharrif Floyd
Banks: Floyd
Actual: Dion Jordan

4. Philadelphia Eagles
My pick:
 Lane Johnson +2
Banks: Star Lotulelei
Actual: Lane Johnson

5. Detroit Lions
My pick:
 Ziggy Ansah +2
Banks: Lane Johnson
Actual: Ziggy Ansah

6. Cleveland Browns
My pick:
Dee Milliner
Banks: Geno Smith
Actual: Barkevious Mingo

7. Arizona Cardinals
My pick:
 Geno Smith
Banks: Ziggy Ansah
Actual: Jonathan Cooper

8. Buffalo Bills St. Louis Rams
My pick:
Chance Warmack
Banks: Tavon Austin +1
Actual: Austin

9. New York Jets
My pick:
 Dion Jordan
Banks: Dee Milliner +2
Actual: Milliner

10. Tennessee Titans
My pick:
 Tavon Austin
Banks: Dion Jordan
Actual: Chance Warmack

11. San Diego Chargers
My pick:
Jonathan Cooper
Banks: Jonathan Cooper
Actual: D.J. Fluker

12. Miami Dolphins Oakland Raiders
My pick:
 D.J. Fluker
Banks: Tyler Eifert
Actual: D.J. Hayden

13. New York Jets
My pick:
 Tyler Eifert
Banks: Barkevious Mingo
Actual: Sheldon Richardson

14. Carolina Panthers
My pick:
 Sheldon Richardson +.5
Banks: Sheldon Richardson +.5
Actual: Star Lotulelei

15. New Orleans Saints
My pick:
 Barkevious Mingo
Banks: Kenny Vaccaro +2
Actual: Vaccaro

16. St. Louis Rams Buffalo Bills
My pick:
 Kenny Vaccaro
Banks: Chance Warmack
Actual: E.J. Manuel

17. Jarvis Jones
My pick:
 Jarvis Jones +2
Banks: Jones +2
Actual: Jones

18. Dallas Cowboys San Francisco 49ers
My pick:
 Manti Te’o
Banks: D.J. Fluker
Actual: Eric Reid

19. New York Giants
My pick:
 Bjoern Werner
Banks: Tank Carradine
Actual: Justin Pugh

20. Chicago Bears
My pick:
 Johnathan Cyprien
Banks: Manti Te’o
Actual: Kyle Long

21. Cincinnati Bengals
My pick:
 Eddie Lacy
Banks: Eric Reid
Actual: Tyler Eifert

22. St. Louis Rams Atlanta Falcons
My pick:
DeAndre Hopkins
Banks: Bjoern Werner
Actual: Desmond Trufant

23. Minnesota Vikings
My pick:
Sylvester Williams +.5
Banks: Cordarrelle Patterson +1
Actual: Sharrif Floyd

24. Indianapolis Colts
My pick:
 Xavier Rhodes
Banks: Sylvester Williams
Actual: Bjoern Werner

25. Minnesota Vikings
My pick:
 Cordarrelle Patterson +1
Banks: Matt Barkley
Actual: Xavier Rhodes

26. Green Bay Packers
My pick:
 Desmond Trufant
Banks: Justin Pugh
Actual: Datone Jones

27. Houston Texans
My pick:
 Keenan Allen +.5
Banks: Justin Hunter +.5
Actual: DeAndre Hopkins

28. Denver Broncos
My pick:
 Eric Reid
Banks: Xavier Rhodes
Actual: Sylvester Williams

29. New England Patriots Minnesota Vikings
My pick:
 D.J. Hayden
Banks: D.J. Hayden
Actual: Cordarrelle Patterson

30. Atlanta Falcons St. Louis Rams
My pick:
 Star Lotulelei
Banks: Johnathan Cyprien
Actual: Alec Ogletree

31. San Francisco 49ers Dallas Cowboys
My pick:
 Matt Elam
Banks: Desmond Trufant
Actual: Travis Frederick

32. Baltimore Ravens
My pick:
Alec Ogletree
Banks: Alec Ogletree
Actual: Matt Elam

Don Banks –
Thunder –


25Apr 2013
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2013 Mock NFL Draft

Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher

I do this every year, even though pretty much every mock draft ever is terrible and full of failed prognostications.  By Friday morning this will be horrible and embarrassing, but right now, everyone thinks he’s a genius, including yours truly.

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Fisher – OT – Central Michigan
There aren’t any skill players worth taking this high, and I think Joeckel is superior to Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher. UPDATE: It appears that the Chiefs will take Fisher, so I’m changing my pick here.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Luke Joeckel – OT – Texas A&M
I thought about putting Ezekiel Ansah here, but the Jaguaras have whiffed on a couple first round defensive ends in recent years, so perhaps they’ll be a little more cautious.

3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd – DT – Florida
The ghost of Al Davis will cause the Raiders to pick Floyd. It seems like the Raiders have always liked gargantuan defensive tackles, and Floyd fits the mold.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Lane Johnson – OT – Oklahoma
For Chip Kelly to get his offense rolling in Philly, I think he needs to strengthen the offensive line. People are going to get frustrated with him quickly if his offense sputters.

5. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Ansah – DE – Brigham Young University
The sensible thing to do with the three offensive tackles gone would be to go for a cornerback, where the Lions are sorely lacking; they will probably mess it up and spend another high pick on a defensive lineman, kind of like Matt Millen did with the wide receiver position.

6. Cleveland Browns: Dee Milliner – CB – Alabama
Geno Smith is a possibility here, but taking Smith a year after taking Weeden would be a bad idea; I think they have some of the same strengths and come from similar offenses. Go with a physical corner instead.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Geno Smith – QB – West Virginia
This seems to be how things go: teams get an aging quarterback, then bring in a young gun to get tutored. Carson Palmer will feel the heat from Smith.

8. Buffalo Bills: Chance Warmack – OG – Alabama
The best thing to do in Buffalo is to shore up the run game.

9. New York Jets: Dion Jordan – OLB – Oregon
The Jets love to pick “front five” guys for their 3-4 defense.

10. Tennessee Titans: Tavon Austin – WR – West Virginia
Austin could be a nice complement to the run game they have in Tennessee.

11. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Cooper – OG – North Carolina
The Chargers need help on the offensive line, and Cooper would be a decent pickup with the top three tackles off the board.

12. Miami Dolphins: D.J. Fluker – OT – Alabama
Fluker is a big, road-grading right tackle.

13. New York Jets: Tyler Eifert – TE – Notre Dame
Even Rex Ryan isn’t dumb enough to take Cordarrelle Patterson this high and Austin is off the board, so they’ll take a tight end to try to help out Mark Sanchez.

14. Carolina Panthers: Sheldon Richardson – DT – Missouri
I really like Richardson and he would fit as a 3-tech DT.

15. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo – DE – LSU
The Saints go with the hometown pass rusher.

16. St. Louis Rams: Kenny Vaccaro – S – Texas
The Rams really need a safety, and he looks like the best one in the draft class.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones – OLB – Georgia
Perhaps Jones can be James Harrison’s replacement.

18. Dallas Cowboys: Manti Te’o – LB – Notre Dame
Jerry Jones likes to make a splash, and taking Te’o here would definitely get people talking.

19. New York Giants: Bjoern Werner – DE – Florida State
The Giants have made a pretty nice habit of terrorizing opposing defenses with their versatile defensive line. I don’t see many other guys who would make sense here, either.

20. Chicago Bears: Johnathan Cyprien – S – Florida International
I think an offensive lineman would be a good choice here, but there aren’t any worth taking at #20, in my opinion.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Eddie Lacy – RB – Alabama
I have a hard time believing that no running backs will be taken in the first round, so I’ll put Lacy here.

22. St. Louis Rams: DeAndre Hopkins – WR – Clemson
I almost put Cordarrelle Patterson here, but the Rams are a young team, and I think Patterson could get distracted or be distracting.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams – DT – North Carolina
From Pat Williams to Kevin Williams to Sylvester Williams.

24. Indianapolis Colts: Xavier Rhodes – CB – Florida State
The Colts need a cornerback, and some people think Rhodes is the top corner in the Draft.

25. Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson – WR – Tennessee
Patterson might be able to help replace Percy Harvin, who was traded to the Seahawks.

26. Green Bay Packers: Desmond Trufant – CB – Washington
Trufant can help to replace Charles Woodson.

27. Houston Texans: Keenan Allen – WR – California
I’m not sold on Allen, but I think the Texans might like a wide receiver because their passing offense can become a little Andre Johnson-centric.

28. Denver Broncos: Eric Reid – S – LSU
Safety isn’t a huge need for the Broncos, but Reid is a talented kid who’s one of the best available this late in the first round.

29. New England Patriots: D.J. Hayden – CB – Houston
The Patriots need a wide receiver, but there aren’t many great options here – Justin Hunter is a little bit soft, Terrance Williams is just okay, etc. They might as well try to shore up the pass defense.

30. Atlanta Falcons: Star Lotulelei – DT – Utah
I have a difficult time believing Lotulelei will fall this far, but he’s more of a 4-3 defensive tackle, in my opinion, and there are a few teams who don’t need him just ahead of the Falcons.  Maybe somebody will make a trade.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Matt Elam – S – Florida
Elam could help replace Dashon Goldson.

32. Baltimore Ravens: Alec Ogletree – LB – Georgia
Ogletree might drop a little bit due to some character issues, and Baltimore has lost quite a bit from its linebacker corps in recent years.  He could play the weakside inside linebacker position for the Ravens and help mitigate the loss of Ray Lewis.


24Apr 2013
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2013 NFL Draft Preview: Michigan

Denard Robinson

Right here is the one . . . the only . . . exhibition of my non-expert opinion on where Michigan’s players will end up in (or out) of the NFL Draft.

Denard Robinson, QB/WR/RB
Robinson has some questions about what position(s) he’ll be able to play in the NFL.  It’s pretty clear that he won’t be a full-time quarterback (although certain packages or plays wouldn’t be out of the question), but he might lack the hands and route running skills to be a wide receiver or the bulk to be a running back.  My guess is that he will carve out a career somewhat like that of the Cleveland Browns’ Josh Cribbs, a guy who isn’t a star but contributes as a receiver, runner, and kickoff returner.
Best guess: 2nd round, #59 overall to New England Patriots

William Campbell, DT
Campbell measured in at 6’5″, 311 lbs., ran a 5.15 forty, and did 35 reps on the bench press at Michigan’s pro day.  He was not very productive at Michigan and struggled to win a starting role, but he is very large and shows impressive power when he decides to stay low and play hard.  There’s a chance that Robinson will be the only player drafted out of Michigan, but if there are others, the best bet appears to be Campbell for the next highest draft slot.  He would fit best as a 3-technique in a 4-3 defense, in my opinion.
Best guess: 6th round, #188 overall to Chicago Bears

Jordan Kovacs, S
The 5’11”, 205 lb. Kovacs was highly productive as a tackler at Michigan, although his pass coverage leaves something to be desired.  He ran a 4.63 at Michigan’s pro day and showed impressive leaping ability with a 35″ vertical, but that athleticism doesn’t really show itself on the field.  Kovacs played strong safety at Michigan, and that’s likely where he would fit best in the NFL – as an in-the-box safety who doesn’t have to worry too much about deep coverage.  He could also be productive on special teams coverage.
Best guess: 7th round, #247 overall to Baltimore Ravens

Craig Roh, DE
Roh measured at 6’4″, 271 lbs. at Michigan’s pro day and ran the forty in 4.91; somewhat disappointingly, he only put up 20 reps of 225 lbs. on the bench press.  He changes direction fairly well for a strongside end, but he lacks pass rush moves beyond the occasional bull rush.  Added weight seems to have slowed him down throughout his career, so he may not be able to bulk up into a 3-4 defensive end; his best bet might be to try to make it as a slightly undersized strongside end in a 4-3.
Best guess: Undrafted

Patrick Omameh, OG
Omameh is a 6’4″, 303 lb. prospect who was a four-year starter at Michigan, but he only put up 22 reps at Michigan’s pro day.  He’s not particularly adept at pulling, but he has pretty good lateral movement and can stay low.  If he can increase his strength and add a little bit of weight, I think Omameh can latch on as a backup somewhere, perhaps in a zone running scheme like Houston’s.
Best guess: Undrafted

Kenny Demens, LB
Demens stands 6’1″ and 245 lbs. with a 4.82 forty and 26 reps on the bench press; he also had a 33.5″ vertical and a 4.54 shuttle time.  He’s not particularly quick at diagnosing plays, but he is a thumping hitter with surprisingly good coverage skills.  Demens didn’t make enough plays at Michigan to really stand out, but he could earn a shot as a middle linebacker in a 4-3; his body and athleticism also make him seem like perhaps an inside linebacker in a 3-4, but his lack of quick diagnoses make that a questionable proposition because he would have to shed linemen.
Best guess: Undrafted

Roy Roundtree, WR
Roundtree is a 6’1″, 178 lb. receiver prospect who ran a 4.58 forty at Michigan’s pro day, where he also put up just 10 reps on the bench.  That forty time isn’t very impressive, but he was deceptively quick at Michigan, breaking off several 70+ yard receptions throughout his career.  He has struggled to add weight at any point in his college career, and NFL defensive backs will probably be able to push him around pretty easily.  He could perhaps help out as a slot receiver for someone, but he’s not fast enough or physical enough to work on the outside, in my opinion.
Best guess: Undrafted

J.T. Floyd, CB
Floyd is a 5’10”, 190 lb. defensive back who put up less than stellar numbers at Michigan’s pro day – a 4.79 forty and 5 reps on the bench press.  It’s no secret that I have never been impressed with Floyd as a football player, so I won’t beat around the bush: I don’t think he has a shot at getting drafted, and his best chance would be to hook on with a team that runs a Tampa Cover Two where he can sit in the flat on a lot of plays.
Best guess: Undrafted

Ricky Barnum, OG
Barnum is a 6’2″, 297 lb. interior lineman who earned good reviews for his ability to get out and run, but he ran just a 5.53 forty at Michigan’s pro day; he did, however, put up a respectable 25 reps on the bench press.  He may have been best suited for the zone running offense that Rich Rodriguez employed, but most of his playing time was earned in 2011 and 2012, when he was expected to be a powerful, drive-blocking guard.  He struggled to get much movement and does not appear likely to get drafted, but perhaps a zone running team will give him a shot.
Best guess: Undrafted

Brandin Hawthorne, LB
Hawthorne is a 6’0″, 220 lb. prospect who benched 225 lbs. an impressive 27 times at Michigan’s pro day.  He was an occasional starter at Michigan, but fell behind freshmen at weakside linebacker in each of his last two seasons.  The chances of him making it in the NFL are slim, but if he does, it will probably be as a weakside linebacker in a 4-3 and/or a special teamer.
Best guess: Undrafted

Vincent Smith, RB
Smith is a 5’6″, 172 lb. player who ran a 4.85 at Michigan’s pro day in March, although he did a little better with a 4.31 shuttle time; he also had a 30″ vertical and did 14 reps on the bench.  He earned a starting job as a feature back in 2010, but that role dissipated when Brady Hoke was hired; since the beginning of 2011, he was mostly a pass protector and third down back.  Without the speed to make big plays in the NFL as a third down back or returner, Smith might get just a cursory glance by a few NFL teams.
Best guess: Undrafted

Elliott Mealer, OG
Mealer, at 6’4″ and 321 lbs., ran just as fast (5.54 seconds) as Barnum, despite being two inches taller and 24 lbs. heavier.  Mealer also put up 29 repetitions on the bench, which is a good number.  He played center in 2012, but he seemed to struggle getting off the ball; however, I do have to say that his snaps themselves were excellent.  He also had some mental gaffes, but that was perhaps in part due to playing mostly tackle and guard early in his career before becoming the full-time center.  If Mealer is able to latch on in the NFL, I think it will be as a right guard for a team that likes to run the ball.
Best guess: Undrafted

Mike Kwiatkowski, TE
Brandon Moore, TE

22May 2012
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Mel Kiper’s top five seniors by position for 2013

Mel Kiper, Jr. released his lists of the top five players by position in the 2013 NFL Draft class, and there are several Big Ten players in the mix.  Unfortunately, not many are from Michigan.  Players from the conference and other upcoming opponents include:

QB: None.

RB: #1 Montee Ball (Wisconsin)

FB: #2 Zach Boren (Ohio State)

WR: #5 Denard Robinson (Michigan)

TE: #3 Michael Williams (Alabama), #4 Jake Stoneburner (Ohio State)

OT: #1 Ricky Wagner (Wisconsin)

OG: #2 Chance Warmack (Alabama)

C: #1 Barrett Jones (Alabama), #3 Graham Pocic (Illinois)

DE: #1 John Simon (Ohio State), #2 Michael Buchanan (Illinois)

DT: #2 Kawann Short (Purdue), #3 Jesse Williams (Alabama), #4 Jordan Hill (Penn State)

ILB: #1 Manti Te’o (Notre Dame), Nico Johnson (Alabama)

OLB: #3 Gerald Hodges (Penn State)

CB: #1 Johnny Adams (Michigan State), #4 Micah Hyde (Iowa)

S: #3 Robert Lester (Alabama)

K: #3 Brett Maher (Nebraska)