2019 NFL Draft Preview: Michigan

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25Apr 2019
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2019 NFL Draft Preview: Michigan

Devin Bush, Jr. and Devin White are battling to become the first LB off the board (image via Broncos Wire)

This is one of the most exciting NFL Draft seasons for Michigan fans in years, probably even surpassing the 2017 draft when Taco Charlton was taken in the first round, Jourdan Lewis seemed like a borderline first rounder, and several others were drafted. A couple players are expected to go in the first round, and another player is considered to be one of the top few players at his position.

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1Feb 2019
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Goodbye, Grant Perry

Grant Perry (image via Wolverines Wire)

HIGH SCHOOL

Perry attended Bloomfield Hills (MI) Brother Rice as a part of the class of 2015, and he was a teammate of quarterback Alex Malzone (who went to Michigan before transferring to Miami-OH). Perry caught 105 passes for 1,727 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior. He really wanted a Michigan offer, which didn’t like it would come, so he committed to Northwestern in December of 2014. When Jim Harbaugh was hired in late December, he started trying to put together an improved class. Two days before National Signing Day in February, Harbaugh called up Perry and offered him a scholarship, giving him the opportunity to drop the Wildcats in favor of the Wolverines. I gave him a TTB Rating of 71 (LINK).

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4Aug 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #24 Grant Perry

Grant Perry

Name: Grant Perry
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 195 lbs.
High school: Bloomfield Hills (MI) Brother Rice
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Senior
Jersey number: #88
Last year: I ranked Perry #42 and said he would be the starting slot receiver with 20 catches for 225 yards and 2 TDs (LINK). He caught 25 passes for 307 yards and 1 TD.
TTB Rating: 71

Perry had a very tumultuous off-season going into 2017 when he faced felony charges in East Lansing. I thought that incident would – and should – turn into a short suspension during the season, but there Perry was against Florida in the season opener. During a season in which the passing game struggled mightily, Perry ended up leading the position group in receptions and receiving yards with 25 and 307, respectively. His lone touchdown came against Cincinnati on a 33-yard reception on which Perry looked comparatively quick, but overall, it was a pretty uneventful season.

Some might think a leading receiver should be ranked higher than #24 in a countdown like this, but I think 2017 was a fluke. Perry isn’t a bad receiver, but he’s not the best pass catcher on the team. Sophomore Donovan Peoples-Jones should be better, and sophomore Tarik Black is back from a broken foot. The Wolverines also have a couple tight ends who could eat up a lot of targets, depending on how much new quarterback Shea Patterson wants to look at them. We know what Perry is at this point, and that’s an okay slot receiver in the Big Ten. I think Patterson will find him dependable and he’s a solid blocker.

Prediction: Starting slot receiver; 18 catches for 230 yards and 1 TD

11Sep 2017
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Michigan vs. Cincinnati Awards

Lavert Hill (image via the Journal Gazette)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Ty Isaac. I hit on it last week when Isaac had 114 yards, and the Michigan coaching staff listened. Can you guys believe Jay Harbaugh reads this blog? I’m honored and humbled . . .  Really, though, Isaac ran 20 times for 133 yards in this one and is averaging 8.0 yards a carry this year. So far he has been the best back on the team, and Michigan should continue riding him until Chris Evans and/or Karan Higdon step up their performances.

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10Sep 2017
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Michigan 36, Cincinnati 14

Ty Isaac (image via USA Today)

The elephant in the room . . . could probably throw a football just as well as Wilton Speight. I kid, I kid, but those expecting a significantly better game against the lowly Cincinnati Bearcats should have been disappointed. Speight was 17/29 for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns, but there were a lot of bad misses, usually in the form of overthrows. Perhaps worse than the overthrows were the two fumbles, one when Speight mishandled a handoff to Ty Isaac and another when there was a botched jet sweep handoff to Kekoa Crawford. The handoff to Isaac was 100% on Speight, and the timing/mechanics of the Crawford handoff seemed to be off, though Crawford might deserve some blame there, too. Either way, the quarterback play wasn’t stellar. He did hit a long TD to Crawford and then hit Grant Perry over the middle for a 33-yard touchdown catch-and-run, but his footwork and mechanics on short and intermediate throws are all out of whack. How much can that be improved when the guy is an old redshirt junior in his third year in the system?

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