Michigan’s Top Seven 2023 NFL Draft Prospects

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6May 2022
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Michigan’s Top Seven 2023 NFL Draft Prospects

Blake Corum (image via MGoBlue)

The following players (listed in alphabetical order) are Michigan’s best bets, in my opinion, to be drafted in 2023. Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan teams have produced 6.3 NFL draft picks per class during his tenure, so it’s a good bet that Michigan gets around this number of players to be selected.

TE Erick All
Senior Erick All was reportedly considering leaving the NFL after the 2021 season, but he decided to return. After a 2020 season in which he struggled with drops, he turned into a reliable target with 38 catches (second on the team) for 437 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a game-winning catch-and-run against Penn State. All is a solid blocker with good speed and run-after-catch ability, and he has a lithe 6’4″, 245 lb. frame. He probably won’t be first round material, but he could be a day two or three pick.

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25Dec 2021
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2021 Orange Bowl Preview: Pass Offense vs. Georgia Pass Defense

Kelee Ringo (image via SI)

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The Wolverines are smack dab in the middle of the pack at #67 in passing offense (226 yards/game) and they’re #40 in passing efficiency. Meanwhile, they’re #86 in passing attempts with just 359 on the season. Starting quarterback Cade McNamara has completed 199/308 (64.6%) of his throws for 2,470 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. McNamara does not have a particularly strong arm, but he has done a good job of deciphering defenses and keeping the ball out of harm’s way.

The offensive line has allowed just 0.77 sacks per game. Just like in the run game, they don’t have a ton of great players up front, but they play well together. Some stunts and games inside confused the group early in the year, but they seem to have righted the ship as the season went along.

On the receiving end, ten different players have caught touchdowns . . . and no one has caught more than 3. It’s hard to predict from week to week who might step up and make a big play, but the two primary targets have been wide receiver Cornelius Johnson (37 catches, 620 yards, 3 TD) and tight end Erick All (34 catches, 374 yards, 2 TD). However, the two biggest yardage games have come from true freshman running back Donovan Edwards (10 catches, 170 yards, 1 TD vs. Maryland) and freshman wide receiver Andrel Anthony (3 catches, 155 yards, 2 TD vs. Michigan State).

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16Nov 2021
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Michigan vs. Penn State Awards

Aidan Hutchinson (image via MLive)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Blake Corum. Corum missed most of the Indiana game and the entire Penn State game, leaving the Wolverines to rely heavily on Hassan Haskins. Corum has 130 carries for 778 yards (5.98 yards/carry) and 10 touchdowns. A report came out on Saturday that Corum would miss the next two games, but it’s unclear if that meant he would be out through the Maryland game or the Ohio State game. I’m not expecting Corum to come back this week, but it would be great if he could be back by OSU.

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20Aug 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #19 Erick All

Erick All

Name: Erick All
Height:
6’4″
Weight:
245 lbs.
High school:
Fairfield (OH) Fairfield
Position:
Tight end
Class:
Junior
Jersey number:
#83
Last year:
I ranked All #31 and said he would be a backup tight end (LINK). He started two games and caught 12 passes for 82 yards.
TTB Rating:
75

I want to apologize for my comment on All from last year’s countdown piece: “[All] reportedly has some of the best hands on the team, regardless of position.”

There’s no getting around the fact that All was pretty bad in 2020, perhaps the offense’s biggest disappointment. I believe he dropped 4 passes while catching just 12, which is a terrible ratio. To top it off, even when he caught the ball, he averaged just 6.83 yards per catch. That is the lowest average per catch for a wide receiver or tight end at Michigan since the 2017 version of Maurice Ways averaged 2.33 yards on 3 catches. Furthermore, no WR/TE has caught double-digit passes and averaged fewer yards since Brian Thompson in 2003 (13 catches, 82 yards).

This is not meant to castigate All as much as it is to point out the ineffectiveness of Michigan’s play-calling and quarterback play.

This is a very controversial coaching philosophy of mine, but I’ll stand by it:

Don’t call plays that don’t work.

That’s obviously tongue-in-cheek, but All would have been removed from my game plan after the Wisconsin game. He just wasn’t getting it done, and neither was Josh Gattis’s crappy play calling. But he caught 4 passes for 27 yards against Rutgers and then 1 for 8 yards against Penn State to finish out the season.

I do believe All has the potential to be better this season. His TTB Rating of 75 is still well within reach of being accurate, and I have him here at #19 in the countdown for reasons. He is fast and blocks well. His poor display of catching skills in 2020 could very well just have been a string of bad luck. Maybe new tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh – who coached 2016 Mackey Award winner Jake Butt – can help All out a little bit. The door isn’t shut on All being a quality player. But if his struggles continue, there are good prospects waiting in the wings in the form of Luke Schoonmaker, Matt Hibner, and Louis Hansen.

Prediction: Starting tight end; 25 catches, 250 yards, 3 touchdowns