The Fence the Mitten Project: Defensive Backs

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6May 2020
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The Fence the Mitten Project: Defensive Backs

Lavert Hill (image via Wolverines Wire)

I took a few days off from posting about this project, but it’s time to get back to it. So what would Michigan’s roster and recruiting look like if they signed the top 25 in-state prospects each year? Here’s the answer.

If you missed them earlier, there were posts about QB (LINK), RB (LINK), TE (LINK), OL (LINK), WR (LINK), DE (LINK), DT (LINK), and LB (LINK).

Hit the jump for the rundown of corners and safeties.

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26Nov 2019
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Michigan vs. Indiana Awards

Donovan Peoples-Jones (image via Wolverines Wire)

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Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . good Shea Patterson. Over the past three weeks, Patterson is completing 65.5% of his passes for 10.4 yards per attempt with 10 touchdowns and 1 interception. And the worst of those three performances was against Maryland, not MSU or Indiana. This particular week saw him throw for 366 yards and 5 touchdowns on 11.4 yards per attempt.

Hit the jump for more.

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7Aug 2019
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2019 Season Countdown: #25 Vincent Gray

Vincent Gray (image via Wolverines Wire)

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Name: Vincent Gray
185 lbs.
High school:
Rochester (MI) Adams
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number:
Last year:
I ranked Gray #98 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He played in three games.
TTB Rating:

For better or worse, Gray has had a rapid ascent in Michigan’s secondary. He was late flyer in the 2018 class, and he was not a highly touted player. The Wolverines seemed to have good depth at cornerback last season, and Gray wasn’t needed to play. With David Long, Lavert Hill, Brandon Watson, Ambry Thomas, Benjamin St-Juste, and Myles Sims (among others) lined up to play the position, Gray was buried. Then Long left for the NFL, Watson graduated, St-Juste didn’t play due to injury (and transferred to Minnesota), Sims was buried so deep that he crawled out of the earth on Georgia Tech’s campus, and…

…maybe Vincent Gray will be a starter in 2019. Now when this list was originally concocted, I expected Gray to be the #3 corner. But since that time, it came out that Ambry Thomas has been dealing with some health issues and might miss camp and/or the beginning of the season. That places Gray in prime position to start in Thomas’s place, opposite Hill. Will Gray be any good? On the plus side, Michigan’s coaching staff has spoken highly of him and they have never had a bad starting corner under Jim Harbaugh. On the concerning side, Gray is fairly slight at 6’2″ and 185 pounds, and his athletic profile suggests he needs to be physical to make up for a shortage of speed. I trust Michigan’s coaching staff to put good defensive backs out there, but if Thomas is out, you have to imagine opposing coaches will be testing Gray early to see if he’s up to the task.

Prediction: Backup cornerback

2Apr 2019
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A Spring 2019 Depth Chart, of Sorts

Vincent Gray (image via Wolverines Wire)

Jim Harbaugh and other coaches reported somewhat of a depth chart earlier this week, with some interesting tidbits. Obviously, there are some injuries that are probably affecting this, so don’t shoot the messenger.

NOTE: Players listed are in order, unless a “/” exists, which indicates an unresolved competition.

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20Aug 2018
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Final TTB Ratings for 2018

Aidan Hutchinson (image via Hudl)

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It’s been a long time coming because I’ve been so busy, but here are the final TTB Ratings for the class of 2018.

A note on the ratings: These are Michigan-specific ratings, so a guy who would be an instant starter at Eastern Michigan might not be quite so much of an individual standout playing against Michigan’s opponents . . . and he might even have a hard time getting on the field over some other Wolverines. It’s tricky trying to determine how the depth chart will shake out over the next three to five years, but I’m here for the heavy lifting. For more of an explanation, check out this page here (LINK).

Hit the jump for the final rankings.

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