Name: Dane Drobocky
Weight: 240 lbs.
High school: Bowling Green (KY) Bowling Green
Position: Defensive end
Jersey number: #37
Last year: I ranked Drobocky #101 and said he would be a backup defensive end (LINK). He played in two games and made 2 tackles.
TTB Rating: N/A
When Drobocky came into Michigan as a walk-on tight end, I thought he had some potential to contribute down the road. I expected that contribution to come on offense, but he switched to defense and has made a little bit of an impact, at least. In the blowout win against Rutgers last season, he came in late and made a couple of tackles.
Even though Michigan lost a couple defensive ends, I don’t think there will be much more opportunity for Drobocky to play this year. He’s a guy who can come in and get some garbage time snaps, but probably not someone who should be in the rotation. Michigan also brought in a large defensive line class, and with the relatively new four-game redshirt rule, some of those guys can get snaps and still preserve that potential fifth year down the road.
Prediction: Backup defensive end