Name: Ryan Veingrad
Weight: 248 lbs.
High school: Boca Raton (FL) Spanish River
Position: Tight end
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #94
Last year: I did not rank Veingrad. He redshirted.
Veingrad happens to be a decent walk-on who perhaps picked a poor destination to come play tight end. Michigan recruits and develops some good tight ends, but he finds himself on a roster with several other good players with better measureables. Veingrad played tight end, offensive tackle, and defensive end in high school. After some time in the weight room, I believe he could be effective at Michigan like several former walk-on tight ends. The question is whether he will ever be able to break through the wall of TEs ahead of him, including Sean McKeon, Zach Gentry, Nick Eubanks, and Tyrone Wheatley, Jr., not to mention some young guys with upside. He will probably find himself limited to scout team duty this season.
In case you don’t remember, Veingrad also beat Hodgkin’s lymphoma (LINK), so there’s an extra reason for him to get on the field in Michigan Stadium.
Prediction: Backup tight end