2023 NFL Draft Results: Michigan

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30Apr 2023
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2023 NFL Draft Results: Michigan

Mazi Smith is now a Dallas Cowboy

Here are the results of the 2023 NFL Draft for Michigan:

1st round: Mazi Smith – DT – Dallas Cowboys (#26 overall)
2nd round: Luke Schoonmaker – TE – Dallas Cowboys (#58)
2nd round: D.J. Turner II – CB – Cincinnati Bengals (#60)
3rd round: Jake Moody – K – San Francisco 49ers (#99)
5th round: Mike Morris – DE – Seattle Seahawks (#151)
5th round: Olu Oluwatimi – C – Seattle Seahawks (#154)
6th round: Brad Robbins – P – Cincinnati Bengals (#217)
7th round: Ryan Hayes – OT – Miami Dolphins (#238)
7th round: Ronnie Bell – WR – San Francisco 49ers (#253)

CB Gemon Green was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants and TE Joel Honigford was signed by the Arizona Cardinals.

Below are some former Wolverines who were drafted or signed as undrafted free agents:

2nd round: Zach Charbonnet – RB – Seattle Seahawks (#52 overall)
UDFA: Chuck Filiaga – OG – New York Giants
UDFA: Hunter Reynolds – S – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The following player, Eric Gray, was committed to Michigan at one point but signed with Tennessee before transferring to Oklahoma:

5th round: Eric Gray – RB – New York Giants (#172)

26Apr 2023
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2023 NFL Draft Preview: Michigan

D.J. Turner II is fast!

With the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft coming up on Thursday night, here’s a look at how things might play out for several former Wolverines:

CB D.J. Turner II: Turner wowed people at the Combine by running a 4.26 in the forty, which seems to have launched him from maybe a mid-round pick to the lower end of the 1st round. Personally, I do not view him as a 1st round talent and I do not think he’s physical enough at 5’11” and 178 lbs. to play up to those expectations. But it sure seems like a lot of people are convinced he’s going to go in the mid- to late 20s on Thursday night.
Prediction: 1st round

DT Mazi Smith: Smith was the #1 freak on Bruce Feldman’s “Freaks List” last year, but that athleticism wasn’t enough to turn him into a surefire 1st round selection in 2023. In fact, some early optimism about being a high 1st round pick has fizzled to the point where many think he’s a 2nd rounder. At 6’3″ and 323 lbs., he has good size but isn’t an outlier in that area. I think he could slip into the last few picks of the 1st round, but more likely he’ll have to wait until Friday.
Prediction: 2nd round

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31Aug 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #11 Gemon Green

Gemon Green

Name: Gemon Green
181 lbs.
High school: 
DeSoto (TX) DeSoto
Redshirt junior
Jersey number: 
Last year: 
I ranked Green #9 and said he would be a starting cornerback with 32 tackles and 1 interception (LINK). He started six games and made 24 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, and 2 pass breakups.
TTB Rating:

Green was expected by some, including me, to build on the end of his 2020 season and blossom into a quality starter for the Wolverines. However, as the season went along, he ceded playing time to the two starters, Vincent Gray and D.J. Turner II. As it turned out, Green was basically a third starter at the cornerback position. He didn’t take the next step like some expected, but he was at least a functional player for the Wolverines.

Now that Vincent Gray is gone, Green is expected to start the season opposite Turner. With a good chunk of experience over the past two seasons, he should be a quality starter. The main guy lurking in the background is true freshman Will Johnson, who may start at some point but has also been playing some nickel and could factor in there. Green is a feisty, long corner who is frequently in position to challenge for the football, and I’d like to see him come up with a few more PBUs or INTs. But he should be a solid corner in 2022.

Prediction: Starting cornerback; 40 tackles, 1 interception

1Apr 2022
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What to Watch in the Spring Game

Will Johnson

The spring game will be shown on the Big Ten Network on Saturday, April 2, at 12:00 p.m.

Here are a few things I’ll be curious to watch:

Michigan needs to replace its leading rusher and toughest back in Hassan Haskins, a 6’1″, 220-pounder who is off to the NFL after rushing for 1,327 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2021. The Wolverines have two very talented running backs left, Blake Corum and Donovan Edwards, but neither one has proven to be a bruiser or short yardage back. They have home run speed but were listed at 200 and 202 pounds, respectively, last season. Redshirt freshman Tavierre Dunlap (6’0″, 222) might be able to step into the role as a big back, but does he have the instincts and power that Haskins showed? Michigan doesn’t need a leading rusher – that will be Corum or Edwards – but they need someone who can pound the ball inside.

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26Oct 2021
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2021 Michigan vs. Northwestern Awards

Hassan Haskins (image via Detroit Free Press)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Andrel Anthony. Anthony has better speed than I thought he had coming out of high school, and he showed some playmaking ability on Saturday, squeezing a few yards out of what seemed to be doomed to be a big chunk loss on an end around. Maybe he’s not ready to be a big-time contributor, but I think he should earn a few more snaps.

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