Nick Baumgardner Detroit Free Press Published 1:35 PM EDT Apr 29, 2019 Another NFL draft is in the books. But preparation for next year's event has been under way for some time. Michigan football finished with five players drafted this year, putting Jim Harbaugh's four-year total at 21. The Wolverines will no doubt have more players on NFL radars entering the 2020 cycle. Here's an early look at some of Michigan's top prospects entering the 2019 season. (NOTE: Players have to be three years removed from high school to apply for entry into the NFL draft). More: Devin Bush Jr. drafted by Steelers 10th overall Steelers draft Zach Gentry in Round 5 Seniors CB Lavert Hill Hill considered making the leap to the NFL draft this year but ultimately opted to return for one final season at Michigan. Scouts typically watched both Hill and third-round draft pick David Long together, as they were both classmates. If Hill had declared, odds are he would’ve been … [Read more...] about Michigan football’s 2020 NFL draft prospects: Who could go?
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Angelique S. Chengelis The Detroit News Published 6:52 PM EDT Apr 23, 2019 While former Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary has been moving the needle in terms of pre-draft conversation heading into the first day of the NFL Draft on Thursday, the Wolverines’ former standout linebacker, Devin Bush Jr., has been moving up the draft projection charts. Gary and Bush are expected to be first-round selections, while former defensive end Chase Winovich slipped into NFL.com’s top-50 prospects list this week and is expected be a second-round selection along with former cornerback David Long, who had a strong showing at the NFL Combine last month. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah has three Michigan players in his latest top-50 list on NFL.com — Bush at No. 9, Gary at No. 10 and Winovich at No. 48. Bush was the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year and Linebacker of the Year last season and is now receiving accolades as potentially the best player in the … [Read more...] about Here’s a deep dive into Michigan’s NFL Draft prospects
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 11:47 AM EDT Apr 17, 2019 Curt Smyser got great news earlier this month when he learned one of his track athletes qualified for the Drake Relays. The Drake Relays are one of the most prestigious track and field events in the county, and Smyser was thrilled that his senior high jumper earned another chance to compete. But the news also made Smyser’s life easier on a personal level. The football and track coach at Chariton High in south central Iowa, Smyser was lamenting a few weeks earlier how he was going to balance the busy day he had in store for next Thursday. Chariton had a track meet scheduled that day at Dallas Center Grimes, plus a junior high meet at home. With their high jumper now headed to the Drake Relays, the Chargers pulled out of the Dallas Center meet, which will save Smyser an 80-minute bus ride home and should allow him to attend what will be one of the most anticipated events Chariton will have all year – … [Read more...] about NFL draft prospect T.J. Hockenson a ‘once-in-a-lifetime kid’
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 1:44 PM EDT Apr 2, 2019 Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett highlights 15 NFL draft prospects who may interest the Detroit Lions in the first two rounds of April's draft. First round DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama Williams is one of the consensus three best players in the draft along with Josh Allen and Nick Bosa. It’s unlikely he makes it to eight, but every once in a while an interior lineman slips a few spots. If he does, the Lions will be ready to pounce. More: Lions to host Kentucky's Josh Allen, a likely top-five pick DL Ed Oliver, Houston He was considered the potential No. 1 overall pick before an injury cost him much of last season. He’s still a top-10 talent, and his versatility could make him a target for the Lions in Round 1. More: Birkett has Lions taking Oliver in his latest NFL mock draft DE Rashan Gary, Michigan Gary’s production never matched his skills at Michigan, but he’s too talented to … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions NFL draft prospects: DL still likely, Round 1
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 10:47 AM EST Feb 5, 2019 Free Press sports writer Dave Birkett highlights 15 NFL draft prospects who may interest the Detroit Lions in the first two rounds of April's draft. First round OLB Josh Allen, Kentucky Allen seems like a good bet to go in the top five after a 17-sack season, but if he slides to eight he’ll be tough to pass on. He’s more outside linebacker than defensive end, but would give a big boost to the Lions pass rush. DE Rashan Gary, Michigan Gary didn’t have a great 2018 season with just 3.5 sacks, and he appeared to coast at times with the draft on his mind. But he’s a big-time talent who could play end or tackle in Matt Patricia’s defense. More: Rashan Gary starts own sports agency: 'Going to change the game' DT Ed Oliver, Houston Once considered in the conversation for the No. 1 overall pick, Oliver is a tremendous talent who had a quiet year. The Lions are stacked at DT with … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions: 2019 NFL draft prospects for Rounds 1, 2