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Devin Funchess | Wide Receiver

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (20) / 5/21/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230

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Michigan WR Devin Funchess is "a tough guy for evaluators to figure out," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.
"Is he a wide receiver? Is he an "F" tight end you move around the formation to create mismatches? He was also up and down at Michigan, making some big plays but also showing frustration with his QB play at times and appearing to be limited by an ankle injury in 2014," McShay wrote. Funchess, who visited the San Francisco 49ers this week, said this about criticism of his effort last year: "I know that I was giving my all for my team, so they can have their opinion, but I know the truth." Funchess improved his forty from 4.7 at the combine to 4.47 at his pro day, answering one big question on his evaluation. "The bottom line is that he's 6-4, 232 pounds, with a 38.5-inch vertical leap and really good body control, so even if you split the difference on his times, he's fast enough to make plays with his size and skill set," McShay wrote. "I think if you're getting him in the mid- to late-second round, you're feeling really good about it." Apr 14 - 11:08 PM

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Michigan WR Devin Funchess visited the San Francisco 49ers.

If the 6-foot-4, 232-pound Funchess maximizes his ability, you could be looking at Colin Kaepernick's new best friend. If he doesn't, you're looking at a guy that could be out of the league by the time his rookie contract is over. He was asked at the combine about the perception that he slacked off last season on a mediocre Michigan outfit. "I can’t respond," Funchess said. "That’s their opinion. I know that I was giving my all for my team, so they can have their opinion, but I know the truth." Funchess' 2014 drop rate was 8.8%, with six drops on 68 catchable targets. We like the tools, but cringed at times watching the on-field effort in 2014. To be fair, if he did indeed check out, Funchess would have been far from the only Wolverine that did so.
Apr 14 - 9:29 PM

Michigan WR Devin Funchess' 2014 drop rate was 8.8%, with six drops on 68 catchable targets.

"Funchess had six drops this year and was the primary target on four interceptions, one of which (against Utah) was entirely his fault as he made a lazy one-handed attempt to pull in a pass over the middle rather than extend for it," Gordon McGuinness writes. PFF and other services usually side with the receiver in "drop" scenarios. 8.8 is just worse than average, but we would say it is an area that needs to be worked on for a receiver who should shine in contested catch situations. Funchess can be used like Kelvin Benjamin.
Apr 14 - 10:03 AM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis envisions Michigan WR Devin Funchess "as a big slot, Jordan Matthews type," at the next level.

The 6-foot-4, 232-pound Funchess has ideal TE size for the NFL, but could be more effective moved out to the slot as a hybrid-type pass catcher. Funchess shows effort as a blocker, but really doesn't bring the required physicality to table, to consistently win on the inside. The Michigan prospect offers a unique skill-set and could be utilized down by the red zone, where he's a matchup nightmare against linebackers and smaller defensive backs.
Apr 2 - 3:35 PM

Michigan WR Devin Funchess ranked as the No. 11 receiver in the class, per Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score.

The system offered Brian Hartline and Greg Little as similar historical prospects. "Funchess drops lower on this list because of his low touchdown rate; he has never scored more than six touchdowns in a single season," wrote FO's Nathan Forster. "Since 2000, only three junior wide receivers have been drafted in the top 100 picks despite never topping 750 yards or six touchdowns in a college season: Hartline, Little, and Yamon Figurs." To put the poor ranking in perspective, Scouts Inc. ranks Funchess as the No. 35 overall prospect.
Mar 30 - 10:15 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis singled out Michigan WR Devin Funchess as one of the process' biggest pro-day winners.

"He got to make his case (that he's) a wide receiver," said Davis. "... He ran 4.7 (in the 40) at the combine and that immediately screamed 'tight end.' Came back and ran much better, moved better at his pro day and is making his case again to be a wide receiver." We were thoroughly unimpressed with Funchess' play last season, but it's important to note that he played through a broken right toe and torn ligaments for most of the season.
Mar 22 - 6:12 PM

Michigan WR Devin Funchess suffered a broken right toe and torn ligaments in the school's game against Notre Dame, according to Angelique Chengelis.

This was the school's second game of the season, so Funchess dealt with it for the entire year. We aren't here to give excuses, since prospects deal with injuries much more frequently than they are reported. However, Funchess was uncharacteristically unimpressive at the catch point far too frequently. We still like his wide receiver projection, but understand those who have their questions.
Mar 21 - 2:29 PM

Michigan WR Devin Funchess has "mismatch-caliber size, but lack of vertical talent and below-average hands might negate the size to an extent," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Funchess checks in as Zierlein's No. 3 tight end. As Zierlein notes on his evaluation, however, Funchess' designated position is little more than a label. "Funchess was used outside and inside at Michigan and had success from the slot," Zierlein wrote. "He has the feel of a hybrid player who can be a big guy at wide receiver or a mismatch nightmare as a move tight end with more weight on his rangy frame." The analyst compares Funchess to Gavin Escobar.
Mar 20 - 4:46 PM

Michigan WR Devin Funchess "looked good catching the ball" at his pro day and his "route running was improved," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Funchess recorded a cool 4.53 forty at the event. Though Pauline complimented his route running, the analyst added that it "still needs a bit of work." Vikings' general manager Rick Spielman was amongst those in attendance. A mismatch nightmare such as Funchess would look good across from new acquisition Mike Wallace.
Mar 15 - 7:56 PM

Michigan WR Devin Funchess recorded forty times in the 4.53 range at his pro day, according to Tony Pauline.

Funchess ran an "official" 4.70 forty at the Combine, so the results for today's workout is very different. There is a long debate on the merit of pro day results, and while some schools do have fast tracks, others are closer to legitimate. This is why teams use their own hand times at every event. The floor for Funchess' projection is the second-round.
Mar 12 - 1:22 PM

The Saints could target Michigan WR/TE Devin Funchess in the second round (44th overall).

On Funchess' best days, one sees a smaller, less athletically gifted version of Graham. On his worst days, he disappears. Like Graham, Funchess is comfortable lining up outside. Also like Graham, he'd rather chew glass in a tub full of razors than block. "[Funchess] often had success while in the slot," noted College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "And when he was in the slot, he obviously was a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses. There's some definite upside with Funchess, and he would be an interesting fit for the Saints with their second-round pick."
Mar 11 - 10:26 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Michigan WR Devin Funchess "could land in Round 2 but is certainly going to be in the discussion for a few teams in Round 1."

"It just depends on how the board lines up," Kiper wrote. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn recently spoke with multiple scouts who do not view Funchess as a TE, and it's hard to blame them. "He's a wide receiver," one scout said. "He's not physical enough as an inside blocker." The 6-foot-4, 232-pound Funchess, who has long arms (33 1/2") and big mitts (9 3/4"), ran a pair of 4.70s in the forty-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Mar 1 - 6:09 PM

Bob McGinn spoke with multiple scouts who do not think Michigan's Devin Funchess can play TE.

"He's a wide receiver," one scout said. "He's not physical enough as an inside blocker." Another scout added "He won't block. He's got good hands but he drops balls. He can't play tight end." There has been a constant debate on if Funchess will play tight end or wide receiver. It is a bit of semantics from an evaluation perspective, but will obviously matter in terms of a second contract. We just do not see Funchess playing inline in any formation, so that makes him a boundary or slot receiver.
Feb 24 - 12:12 PM

Michigan WR Devin Funchess ran a pair of 4.70s in the forty-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

These disappointing times bring about a series of questions, namely: What position will Funchess play in the pros? He blocks like a piece of Scotch tape on a Hoover Dam crack, and he runs like what he should be, an athletic tight end, and not a dynamic perimeter threat. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound Funchess, who has long arms (33 1/2") and big mitts (9 3/4"), may have tumbled into the second round today.
Feb 21 - 9:16 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes Michigan WR Devin Funchess will run a better 40-yard dash than Kelvin Benjamin's 4.61 at last year's combine.

The analyst also believes Funchess will show better movement skills than Benjamin, but added that Funchess probably won't be drafted higher than where Benjamin was taken (No. 28 overall). The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Funchess has great short area run after catch ability for a player his size. He's been compared to Benjamin by many, including us. Besting Benjamin's testing numbers is Funchess' best chance to earn a late Round 1 call.
Feb 17 - 12:30 AM