18 Michigan Players Participating in 2024 NFL Combine

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26Feb 2024
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18 Michigan Players Participating in 2024 NFL Combine

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The following 18 Michigan football players are participating in the 2024 NFL Combine. That’s a record number of players invited to the Combine for any school. They are:

  1. QB J.J. McCarthy
  2. RB Blake Corum
  3. WR Cornelius Johnson
  4. WR Roman Wilson
  5. TE A.J. Barner
  6. OL Karsen Barnhart
  7. OL La’Darius Henderson
  8. OL Trente Jones
  9. OL Trevor Keegan
  10. OL Drake Nugent
  11. OL Zak Zinter
  12. EDGE Jaylen Harrell
  13. EDGE Braiden McGregor
  14. DT Kris Jenkins, Jr.
  15. LB Michael Barrett
  16. LB Junior Colson
  17. CB Mike Sainristil
  18. CB Josh Wallace

Over 300 players were invited to the Combine, and last year 259 players were drafted. So mathematically, not every player invited will end up being selected. But if everyone gets drafted, that would set a record for the most players drafted from a school in one year. The current record is 15, which was set by Georgia.

Former Michigan players TE Erick All (Iowa), QB Joe Milton (Tennessee), and EDGE Eyabi Okie-Anoma (Charlotte) will also be at the Combine, as will former Michigan signee WR Xavier Worthy (Texas).

6Sep 2023
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Michigan vs. East Carolina Awards

J.J. McCarthy (image via NBC Sports)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Trente Jones. I really like the way Trente Jones plays football. On Saturday he was used mostly as an extra lineman or a tight end, reprising his primary role from 2021. But he just bullies people in the run game and does a great job with his body positioning. I think his pass protection might be a little questionable at tackle, but I think he deserves to be on the field more.

Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Myles Hinton. Hinton earned the start in game one even though Jim Harbaugh suggested that he would start a different set of tackles in week two, presumably La’Darius Henderson at left tackle and Jones on the right side. Hinton is a mammoth at 6’6″ and 340 lbs., but he appeared to make several mental mistakes on Saturday, especially in the run game. He said in the post-game that he did not play well. I do still think he can be a good player, but perhaps he needs a little more time to adjust to Michigan’s scheme.

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8Aug 2023
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2023 Season Countdown: #34 Trente Jones

Trente Jones (image via MLive)

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Name: Trente Jones
Height: 
6’4″
Weight: 
325 lbs.
High school
Loganville (GA) Grayson
Position: 
Offensive tackle
Class: 
Redshirt senior
Jersey number: 
#53
Last year: 
I ranked Jones #19 and said he would be a starting offensive tackle (LINK). He started six games at right tackle.
TTB Rating:
 88

Jones stuck it out for three years, playing mostly as a sixth offensive lineman, and finally earned a starting job in year four! And then . . . he got hurt, and Karsen Barnhart took his job. Even when Jones returned later in the season, the coaches thought Barnhart was still ahead of Jones. So he continued to play as a sub and in certain packages. Jones did a good job of moving people at times, but he also had some tactical errors.

We keep hearing about him that he’s an amazing athlete for his size, but Barnhart seems to be the steadier player. I’ve been waffling back and forth on which one I think will start in 2023. My heart tells me Jones, but my head tells me Barnhart. And the dark horse is Stanford transfer Myles Hinton. Michigan has a ton of good options, which is great for the team and terrible for amateur prognosticators like myself. One silver lining is that Jones or Barnhart could use the 2020 COVID exemption to return in 2024 if the winner of the job moves on after this season. It will be very interesting to see how it all plays out on the field this fall.

Prediction: Backup offensive tackle

5Sep 2022
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Michigan 51, Colorado State 7

Blake Corum (image via Yahoo)

Who’s your QB? Cade McNamara started the game and completed 9/18 passes for 136 yards and 1 touchdown. It was not a great start. He threw an easy completion into the dirt, had guys drop a couple passes, and had to throw a couple balls away. One play looked like a bad interception initially, until you realized that tight end Erick All fell down coming out of his break; luckily, the pass was ruled incomplete after replayed deemed it hit the ground. Meanwhile, J.J. McCarthy played sporadically, completing 4/4 passes for 30 yards and running 3 times for 50 yards and 1 touchdown. I don’t put too much stock in either performance. McNamara started off slowly last year and had a good season. McCarthy’s package against an inferior team is not a large enough sample size to make an overall decision.

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22Aug 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #19 Trente Jones

Trente Jones (image via UMGoBlue)

Name: Trente Jones
Height: 
6’4″
Weight: 
311 lbs.
High school
Loganville (GA) Grayson
Position: 
Offensive tackle
Class: 
Redshirt junior
Jersey number: 
#53
Last year: 
I ranked Jones #34 and said he would be a backup offensive tackle (LINK). He started two games as a sixth lineman and played in all fourteen games.
TTB Rating:
 88

Last year there was quite a battle on the offensive line to see who would start. Trente Jones, Karsen Barnhart, and Chuck Filiaga were all in the running to start somewhere along the line, and all three lost their position battles. Jones became the sixth lineman and played in every game wearing #80 as an extra tight end (or #53 when he came in as a tackle during blowouts). Barnhart played as a backup, and Filiaga was a part-time starter. It portends good things when you’re the sixth offensive lineman for a team, and there was some buzz about Jones, particularly about his athleticism. And it helped the offensive to have a 300+ pound tight end.

Fast forward to 2022. Filiaga has transferred to Minnesota for his sixth and final year, while Barnhart and Jones have remained to duke it out at right tackle. While Barnhart has more experience playing standard offensive line positions, it seems that Jones has at least written in pencil his name on the starting offensive line. It appears that Barnhart will once again be a backup – at least until Ryan Hayes leaves after this season – and Jones will be replacing Andrew Stueber at right tackle. I think Jones is a good athlete with a powerful base, and I expect him to give a Stueber-like performance. In other words, he should be very reliable without being a truly dominant player.

Prediction: Starting right tackle