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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 junior WR Devin Funchess should return for his senior season so he can iron out the technical aspects of the receiver position, according to NFL.com's Charles Davis.
"Funchess encountered some difficulties in his first season as a wide receiver (he moved from tight end) as Michigan struggled, but he looks the part," Davis wrote. "However, if he's going to be a true wide receiver, another year in school would help him as he continues to shape his body and refine his route running at the position. He will have the challenge of working in a new offensive system with a new head coach if he changes his mind about turning pro and elects to return, though." Funchess struggled amidst the turmoil of Michigan's program this season -- dropping catchable balls, disappearing for stretches at a time, appearing lackadaisical -- but his talent is undeniable and transcends circumstance. We see a Kelvin Benjamin-like prospect. Dec 18 - 12:03 PM
Source: NFL.com

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NFL Media Analyst Daniel Jeremiah loves Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess' size and catch radius."

"Devin Funchess- Love the size and catch radius. Has build up speed and he's physical after the catch. Not very sudden, not crisp route runner," Jeremiah tweeted. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Funchess has great short area run after catch ability for a player of his size. Funchess could emerge as a late first-round selection, but drops at a supposed strength are a question. Expect the Michigan prospect to fill a Kelvin Benjamin type role in the NFL, but some patience might be necessary.
Dec 10 - 3:02 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Brian Hamilton of SI.

With how poorly Michigan played this season, the decision was expected. Many project or list Funchess as a tight end, but he has really focused his game on winning from the outside. He is in the mold of Kelvin Benjamin, however, Funchess tended to lose more contested targets the more Michigan lost on the field. He does have very good short area run after catch ability for a player of his size. Funchess could emerge as a late first-round selection, but drops at a supposed strength are a question.
Dec 9 - 3:41 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess caught seven passes for 108 in the school's 42-28 loss to Ohio State.

Funchess was able to get involved early and made a number of impressive catches. When on his game, Funchess can look extremely impressive and even has yards after catch ability. Expect him to fill a Kelvin Benjamin type role in the NFL, but some patience might be necessary.
Nov 29 - 4:59 PM

Mlive.com's Nick Baumgardner notes that Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess "has NFL talent," but "he hasn't played like it for a full game all season."

"Funchess has NFL talent. But he hasn't played like it for a full game all season. Someone on this offense (probably multiple people) are going to have to have super efforts for the Wolverines to have any shot," Baumgardner wrote. In three straight games, Funchess hasn't cracked the 50-yard receiving mark and it's been four straight since he's scored. Three of his four touchdowns came in the opening contest of the season. Baumgardner notes that Funchess has "spent the past month dropping passes, struggling to get open and really doing nothing in terms of playing through or against contact." While it's been a tough season for the Wolverines' prospect, he still is one the best physical talents in the nation. We're sure that smart NFL teams will understand that circumstance has hurt his numbers.
Source: Mlive.com
Nov 26 - 3:31 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess caught five passes for 30 yards in Saturday's 23-16 loss to Maryland.

That's three straight games in which Funchess hasn't cracked the 50-yard receiving mark and four straight since he's scored. Three of his four touchdowns came in the opening contest of the season. The numbers on Funchess are filled with sad emojis (just 625 receiving yards, four touchdowns), but we don't hold that against the 6-foot-5, 230-pound receiver. At least not too much. Michigan is clearly mailing in games at this point and it doesn't help that Funchess lacks a competent quarterback tossing him the ball. He remains one of the best physical talents in the nation and smart NFL teams will understand that circumstance has hurt his numbers.
Nov 22 - 7:19 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang observed that Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess "has been better at receiver this season than he was the past two years at tight end."

Funchess has hauled in 50 passes for 595 yards and four touchdowns in a dead Michigan offense. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior has "[demonstrated] the combination of size, body control and sticky hands to project very well to the next level" in Rang's eyes. The analyst did caution that Funchess drops more easy passes than he should. Funchess has been compared to Lions TE Eric Ebron (who was drafted in the first round) by CBS Sports' draft team, though Rotoworld Josh Norris' comparison to Pathers' WR Kelvin Benjamin more aptly captures Funchess' down-the-field abilities.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 12 - 5:35 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess caught two passes for 23 yards in Saturday's 10-9 over Northwestern.

Funchess caught one for 18 yards and one for five. And that was it. Of Funchess' four touchdowns on the year, three came in the season opener. Overall, he's caught 50 passes for 595 yards and four touchdowns. Funchess is a physical freak at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, but whether it's the dead offense or the fact that Funchess is counting down his days until he hits the NFL, he hasn't had the explosive season that some analysts have been expecting. He remains a top draft prospect despite the occasionally lacking production.
Nov 8 - 9:04 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess caught seven passes for 47 yards in Michigan's win over Indiana on Saturday.

Funchess' low yardage total says more about the Michigan offense than Funchess himself, as he was second on the team in receptions and yardage to Amara Darboh (9 receptions, 109-yards) in this one. Outside of those two, Michigan did not have a receiver with more than one catch. Funchess was working with a lot of short stuff. His longest reception went for only 17 yards and he averaged a paltry 6.7 yards per reception. In what's been a disastrous season for Michigan, Funchess remains one of the top receiving prospects in the country.
Nov 1 - 6:43 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess, "drops more easy passes than he should."

Brugler compared Funchess to the Lions' Eric Ebron, who was drafted in the first round last year (as Funchess most likely will be this season.) Funchess is in a strange situation, as he's a physical stud at 6-foot-5, 230-pounds stuck in a Michigan offense that simply doesn't work. Brugler wrote that he's been "better at receiver this season than he was the past two years at tight end, demonstrating the combination of size, body control and sticky hands to project very well to the next level." Rotoworld's Josh Norris referred to Funchess as "a lethal vertical receiver, thanks to his downfield speed and potential catch radius." Given his size, Norris believes that an obvious NFL comparable would be Panthers' rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin, who is currently in the thick of the NFL Rookie of the Year race.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 30 - 6:23 PM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess caught five balls for 64 yards in Saturday's loss to Michigan State.

Sometimes, when discussing Funchess, it's easy to blame his middling production on Devin Gardner's inadequacies or his own early-season ankle injury. However, in this game, he cost himself catches, getting jammed at the line of scrimmage, not beating inferior talent in the MSU secondary at the catch point, and appearing at times to pout. During the game, he was called out by ESPN's Todd McShay and former Wolverine great Braylon Edwards. Rotoworld's Josh Norris compares Funchess to Kelvin Benjamin: "Funchess can be a lethal vertical receiver, thanks to his downfield speed and potential catch radius. He might not be quite as consistent Benjamin on 50/50 balls, however, Funchess is better in the short to intermediate areas and after the catch."
Source: Rotoworld
Oct 25 - 8:57 PM

NFL execs are still split on Michigan WR Devin Funchess' position at the next level.

NFL Media's Albert Breer spoke with one AFC college scouting director who believes Funchess is "strictly a wideout," while one "veteran exec" sees him purely as a move tight end. Rotoworld's Josh Norris does not wee why a team would line Funchess up inline, so his real role will be as a receiver, either in the slot or out wide. Labels will really only matter for contract purposes. Funchess faces Michigan State's Trae Waynes on Saturday in a great matchup.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 25 - 11:28 AM

Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess "will enter [the draft] and he’s close to deciding which agent he’ll sign with," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

No surprise here. The 6-foot-5 and 230-pound Funchess has just 36 catches, 461 yards, and four touchdowns this year, though he's suffered through an ankle injury and atrocious quarterback, affecting his numbers. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ranks Funchess No. 13 overall on his big board, and the Wolverine prospect is the consensus No. 1 TE prospect.
Oct 24 - 7:02 PM

Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke ranks Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess No. 13 overall on his big board and believes "the Wolverines' myriad issues plus an ankle injury have kept Funchess' stats in check."

So far this season, the 6-foot-5 and 230-pound Funchess has just 36 catches, 461 yards, and four TDs. Burke points out the play where Funchess hauled in a 43-yard touchdown against Penn State where he made an adjustment on the play and went up and attacked the ball over the safety, as "reminder of what he's capable of."
Oct 22 - 2:26 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench ranks Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess as the No. 1 TE prospect.

"Funchess has the speed to play receiver, where he lines up now, and his NFL future may be on the outside as well," Muench wrote. "However, he has the frame to play F and he lined up at tight end earlier in his career. Funchess will never be an overpowering in-line run-blocker who can generate much push working against the front-side defensive end, but he could add 10 to 15 pounds and develop into a passable positional blocker with improved hand placement and pad level." The analyst believes the 6-foot-5 and 230-pound Funchess could stand to improve his ability to catch the ball away from his body. "But the reason he tops my board is his big-play ability. His speed, size and athleticism allow him to win 50-50 balls downfield," Muench wrote. "Plus, he has above-average burst after the catch. While he's also a big-play threat at receiver, he's that much more dangerous at tight end because he gets more favorable matchups."
Oct 21 - 5:37 PM