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Devin Funchess | Wide Receiver

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/21/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230

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Panthers traded up to draft Michigan WR Devin Funchess with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
Funchess (6'4/232) shuttled between tight end and receiver at Michigan, parlaying 126 grabs into 1,715 yards (13.6 YPR) with 15 TDs. Long armed (33 1/2") and exceptionally young for a rookie, Funchess won't turn 21 until May 21. Funchess has drawn Kelvin Benjamin comparisons, but on the field lacks Benjamin's aggressive "my-ball" mentality, instead showing passivity and a frustratingly low football IQ. He displayed zero run-after-catch ability in 2014, frequently getting ankle tackled by sub-200-pound defensive backs. Funchess is an enigma, albeit one with upside from a size-athleticism standpoint. He ran 4.47/4.53 at the Wolverines' Pro Day and has a 38 1/2-inch vertical. Fri, May 1, 2015 07:57:00 PM

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ESPN's Todd McShay ranks Michigan WR Devin Funchess as the No. 10 available player heading into Day 2.

"He is something of a hybrid between a wide receiver and an 'F' tight end, with a rare combination of length, speed, fluidity and body control," McShay wrote. "He has trouble separating on shorter routes, but he's a matchup problem in the red zone and on vertical routes. His ball skills declined during the 2014 season as Michigan's offense struggled." We see much the same, but aren't quite as high on the Wolverine. Josh Norris sees him as the No. 18 player on the board and ranks him No. 41 overall. "Has the level of ability to win in the contested catch game much more consistently than he did in 2015," Norris wrote. "Movement skills for his size are very intriguing. Can be used in a big slot role or along the sideline. Flashes yards after catch ability with short area quickness. Why line him up inline as a tight end?" It is perhaps worth noting that CBS Sports' Dane Brugler does not have Funchess going in Round 2 in an updated mock draft.
Fri, May 1, 2015 06:30:00 PM

Per Mike Renner, Pro Football Focus believes Michigan WR Devin Funchess possesses "neither the radical size advantage to outmuscle corners nor the quickness to consistently beat linebackers."

"To top it off, he showed very little promise as a run-blocker," Renner wrote. "This means Funchess is likely limited to a 'big slot' role like Marques Colston. However, playing the slot requires a certain level of consistency that Funchess simply doesn't possess yet, and he'll have to improve in that area." The 6-foot-4, 232-pound Funchess (38.5-inch vertical leap), who ran a 4.47 forty at his pro day, had a poor 8.8 percent drop rate (8.3 percent was the NCAA average) and wasn't nearly as good as you'd expect in contested situations.
Sun, Apr 26, 2015 10:25:00 PM

Michigan WR Devin Funchess "could be a dominant 'move' tight end on the next level," writes CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

"He isn't explosive as a receiver," wrote Prisco. "But he could create real matchup problems as a tight end." Funchess posted a 8.8% drop rate in 2014, with six drops on 68 catchable targets. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound Funchess (38.5-inch vertical leap) ran a 4.47 forty at his pro day.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 04:44:00 PM

Michigan WR Devin Funchess "was pushed around more than you would expect for a receiver of his size, but played most of 2014 season on bad ankle he injured in game two against Notre Dame," according to's Frank Cooney.

The injury is important to note, because many are willing to blame all of Funchess' 2014 struggles on poor effort. We tend to see it as a blend of the bum wheel, poor quarterback play, worse offensive scheming and an attitude which may have deteriorated due to the team's struggles. "Funchess is a matchup nightmare. He is a former high school basketball player who uses his big body to post up smaller defenders as a great possession receiver," Cooney wrote. "He played with more aggression, confidence and quickness before injury in week two last year, but showed moxie playing hurt the whole season." Regarding effort, Funchess responded: "I know that I was giving my all for my team, so they can have their opinion, but I know the truth."
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 10:13:00 PM

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."
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 11:08:00 PM

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.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 09:29:00 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.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 10:03:00 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.
Thu, Apr 2, 2015 03:35:00 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.
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 10:15:00 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.
Sun, Mar 22, 2015 06:12:00 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.
Sat, Mar 21, 2015 02:29:00 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.
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 04:46:00 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.
Sun, Mar 15, 2015 07:56:00 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.
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 01:22:00 PM