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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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In his return to the field, Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess (leg) caught four passes for 82 yards in a loss to Utah on Saturday.
Funchess missed last weekend's game against Miami (OH) with the injury, which was considered minor. The The 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior, who compares to Jimmy Graham, will put up monster numbers through the end of the season so long as Devin Gardner can get him the ball (no sure thing). NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks says that Funchess "has the ability to box out defenders or win contested balls on the outside" and "presents an imposing challenge to the smallish defenders on the perimeter." Sep 21 - 9:59 PM

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Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess will play against Utah despite dealing with a leg injury.

Funchess did not play last weekend against Miami (OH), but today's contest against the Utes is a much more important game. Some of reported the injury is minor. Regardless, Funchess should dominate as he is practically uncoverable when he converts contested situations.
Sep 20 - 12:08 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess "has all the makings of a future top-15 draft pick if he eliminates the drops," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Funchess is a freak athlete for his size and has all the makings of a future top-15 draft pick if he eliminates the drops," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-5, 230 pound Funchess has recorded 16 receptions for 202 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season. Michigan did not need Funchess' services in last weeks win over Miami(OH) as he was dealing with a leg injury.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 19 - 3:44 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess will not play against Miami (OH) due to a leg injury.

Funchess is one of the nation's top pass catchers, but Michigan will likely not need his services against the RedHawks. Funchess injured his leg against Notre Dame, however, Brady Hoke later said his star receiver was "fine." The former tight end has recorded 16 receptions for 202 yards and three touchdowns in two games this season.
Sep 13 - 4:32 PM

NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks notes that Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess "has the ability to box out defenders or win contested balls on the outside" and "presents an imposing challenge to the smallish defenders on the perimeter."

"The former tight end dominates defenders with his superior size (6-5, 230 pounds) and length, Funchess has the ability to box out defenders or win contested balls on the outside. Thus, he presents an imposing challenge to the smallish defenders on the perimeter," Brooks wrote. While Notre Dame CB Cole Luke has "plenty of experience," he hasn't faced "a polished, big-bodied receiver with Funchess' skills,"according to Brooks. Funchess had a monster game in the Wolverines opener with seven receptions for 95 yards and three touchdowns.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 5 - 2:52 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang compared Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess to Jimmy Graham while ranking Funchess as the No. 17 player on his board.

"Funchess doesn't offer the bulk and power of a traditional tight end but split out wide in a Jimmy Graham role, his speed, strong hands and incredible body control make him almost impossible to stop," Rang wrote. "Just ask Appalachian State, which surrendered three touchdowns to Funchess in his first official game as a wide receiver." Indeed, Funchess caught seven balls for 95 yards and three scores in a 52-14 victory. Last season, Funchess hauled in 49 receptions for 748 yards and six TDs. Rotoworld's Josh Norris compares Funchess to former FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 4 - 5:32 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess caught seven passes for 95 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 52-14 win over App State.

Funchess in bunches. The massive tight end to receiver convert is a complete mismatch. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranked Funchess as the No. 3 receiver of the 12 he watched during the preseason, comparing his game to Kelvin Benjamin. Funchess might not be as good at the catch point just yet (he did have a nice grab in this game), but the Wolverine is likely better in the short game than KB.
Aug 30 - 3:42 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay grades Michigan junior WR/TE Devin Funchess as the No. 1 tight end prospect.

"Funchess lined up at wide receiver a lot of the time in 2013, and he is expected to do the same this season, but he might not be explosive or fast enough to play out wide in the NFL, instead projecting better as a flex tight end," McShay wrote. "He's rarely used as an in-line blocker and doesn't have the strength or bulk to hold up there in the pros. As a pass-catcher, he is quick enough to separate from linebackers and some safeties, and he shows good body control to adjust to passes thrown outside his frame. His speed-and-size combo makes him a threat both as a downfield route runner and after the catch." The 6-foot-5, 230-pound hybrid is exclusively lining up at wide receiver in practices with the Wolverines. Last season Funchess hauled in 49 receptions for 748 yards and six TDs.
Aug 24 - 11:27 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes this is a "relatively weak year at tight end and inside linebacker."

"The only potential first round tight end on the radar at this time is Michigan junior Devin Funchess, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound seam threat with limited blocking chops," he wrote. "Instincts, athleticism and physicality will make Miami's Denzel Perryman and UCLA's Eric Kendricks solid pros, but at 5-foot-11, 242 pounds and 6-foot, 230, respectively, neither possesses the size scouts prefer." Ironically, the tight end class will probably lose Funchess as well, since the Wolverines have moved him to WR and the NFL will likely do the same. The hybrid has lined up at both receiver and tight end positions over the past two seasons, but, as Rang notes, he can't block well enough to function as a traditional tight end.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 19 - 6:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline isn't sold on the idea that shifting Michigan junior WR/TE Devin Funchess to receiver full time will help his draft stock.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound hybrid has lined up at both receiver and tight end positions over the past two seasons. Funchess said recently that he is currently taking 100 percent of his snaps as an outside WR. "I don’t know how I feel about the expected move from tight end to wide receiver by Devin Funchess," Pauline wrote. "It will definitely help the Wolverines offense but will it help his draft stock? Funchess has established himself as a dominant pass catcher who makes the difficult reception down the field. His blocking is the question mark and though not terrible, it needs improving. Funchess has top 12 potential if the measurables are in line."
Aug 7 - 9:28 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades Michigan junior WR/TE Devin Funchess as a first-rounder.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound WR/TE hybrid has tremendous size and athleticism, and has lined up at both receiver and tight end positions over the past two seasons. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last month that Funchess "has all the makings of a future first-round pick," and reminds him of a "younger Jermichael Finley at Texas." Funchess said recently that he is currently taking 100 percent of his snaps as an outside WR. "I don’t know what they’re going to do during the season, how that’s going to work out, but right now, I’m just 100 percent outside," he said.
Aug 4 - 10:11 PM

Michigan junior Devin Funchess says he is currently taking 100 percent of his snaps as an outside WR.

"I don’t know what they’re going to do during the season, how that’s going to work out, but right now, I’m just 100 percent outside," Funchess said. The talented and mobile pass catcher has previously been listed as a tight end, but there is not a big difference in terms of his role. Funchess wins in the passing game, so his inline blocking is not a big deal. Complete tight ends do not come around frequently. The biggest difference might be that Funchess will not see as many snaps in the slot and will instead battle corners outside the hashes.
Source: MLive
Aug 4 - 10:25 AM

Michigan junior WR/TE Devin Funchess "has all the makings of a future first-round pick," and reminds CBS Sports' Dane Brugler of a "younger Jermichael Finley at Texas."

"Funchess is a mismatch nightmare against linebackers and smaller defensive backs and with improved consistency, he has all the makings of a future first-round pick, reminiscent of a younger Jermichael Finley at Texas," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-5, 230 pound WR/TE hybrid has tremendous size and athleticism, and lined up at both receiver and tight end as a sophomore and freshman. Brugler adds that Funchess "is expected to be a full-time wideout in 2014." Last season Funchess hauled in 49 receptions for 748 yards and six TDs.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 26 - 11:59 AM

Michigan junior TE Devin Funchess ranks as one of the Big 10's best breakout candidates, according to NFL.com.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Funchess is a player to target in fantasy drafts. "As a tight end, his size is average but his athleticism is off the charts; as a wide receiver, his size is off the charts but his athleticism is somewhat average," noted the website. Listed as a tight end, the long-limbed junior is often spread out wide, as UNC used Eric Ebron last year. Funchess collected 49 receptions for 748 yards and six TDs as the Big 10's best tight end last season, and he'll easily surpass those numbers in 2014. "Michigan is hoping his size leads to a lot of mismatches on the outside; in addition, his athleticism can be put to good use in a variety of ways, which means it is up to new coordinator Doug Nussmeier to feature Funchess," NFL.com observed. "Funchess has the speed to get deep, and while he can add bulk and strength and become a better blocker, his pass-catching ability already has caught scouts' eyes."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 3:43 PM

Michigan junior TE Devin Funchess is the No. 1 draft-eligible underclassmen TE, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"A tight end often in name only, like Tyler Eifert at Notre Dame or Eric Ebron at North Carolina, you'll see the long-armed, 6-5 Funchess across the formation at X or Y, and he can be used out of the slot, too," Kiper wrote. "What you won't see him do is block very often, but that's not a worry for the Wolverines, and it won't be for NFL scouts, either." Funchess posted 49 receptions for 748 yards and six TDs last season. If Michigan's QB play is better in 2014 than it was in 2013 -- as expected -- and Funchess takes another developmental step forward, he should easily surpass those numbers this fall. "He's a weapon in the passing game, a power forward working against smaller defenders, and a guy who can stretch the field and can also run after the catch on short stuff," Kiper wrote.
Jun 15 - 12:17 AM