Central Michigan Chippewas

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats selected Central Michigan WR Mark Chapman with the first pick of the Canadian Football League draft.

The Tiger-Cats traded up with the Montreal Alouettes to select the 6-foot, 180-pound receiver. Chapman has dual-citizenship in the United States and Canada, and he led the Chippewas in catches (59) and yards receiving (875). Central Michigan is now one of six schools to have a first pick in the NFL and CFL draft, with offensive tackle Eric Fisher going first overall to the Chiefs in the NFL version in 2013.
May 5 - 12:48 PM

Eagles signed Central Michigan DE Joe Ostman.

Ostman (6’2/253) was snubbed for a Combine invite despite leading Division I in sacks (14.0) as a senior and tallying 27.0 for his career. MAC coaches voted him a first-team all-conference pick in 2017, and PFF College credited Ostman with 54 QB pressures, fifth most among draft-eligible edge defenders. A linebacker/tight end/wrestler in high school, Ostman is an elite athlete with 76th-percentile SPARQ results. Ostman has a chance to become a lower-cost version of Ryan Kerrigan in the pros.
May 2 - 6:49 PM

Vikings selected Central Michigan TE Tyler Conklin with the No. 157 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Conklin (6’3/254) averaged 14.0 yards per catch with 11 career TDs as a Chippewa, bouncing back from a 2017 offseason Jones fracture to post a 35/504/14.4/5 receiving line in eight games. Conklin helped himself at the Combine with 71st-percentile SPARQ results, running a passable 4.80 forty and showing lower-body explosion in the vertical (38") and broad (10’) jumps. A former D-IAA basketball player at Northwood College in Michigan, Conklin flashed plus run-blocking potential on college tape and is athletic and soft-handed enough to make an impact in the passing game. He has some similarities to Austin Hooper.
Apr 28 - 2:51 PM

An AFC team scouting director told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that CMU DL Joe Ostman has "legs like a penguin."

While that's obviously an issue, the rest of the report from the director is positive. "He's got those short legs like a penguin, but don't let that fool you because he will outwork most of the guys across from him," he told Zierlein. "I would love to see what his fitbit step count is during a game. That guy is constantly moving and chasing and hustling." There's been some talk about Ostman switching positions to fullback at the NFL level, but Zierlein believes hes a fifth-to-sixth round talent as an edge rusher.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 7:15 PM

NFL Media's Chad Reuter labeled Central Michigan TE Tyler Conklin as his favorite "sleeper" among wide receivers and tight ends.

Reuter also mentioned Northern Iowa's Daurice Fountain and Penn's Justin Watson but settled on Conklin (6'3/254). He explains "he has good size for the position. He's also a fluid runner and reliable pass catcher. The former Chippewa will make an impact in the passing game early in his pro career." Conklin struggled with injuries in 2017 but showed times of excellence in 2016. In addition to the mismatches he can create in the passing game, he is also a good blocker. Conklin will likely make a great value pick as a future three-down player on Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 12 - 9:31 PM

Draft Wire's Luke Easterling lists Central Michigan TE Tyler Conklin as the most underrated TE in the 2018 NFL Draft class.

Easterling gives the runner-up for most underrated to Wake Forest's Cam Serigne. Conklin battled injuries in 2017, but he showed flashes of brilliance in the 2016 season and was high on draft radars coming into last year. "While he’s not the kind of rare athlete who can create mismatches as a downfield pass-catcher, Conklin is a reliable receiver who can move the chains and box out smaller defenders in the red zone," writes Easterling. "His effectiveness as a blocker is a huge bonus, and it will allow him to be a three-down player in the NFL." Conklin likely comes off the board early on Day 3.
Source: Draft Wire
Apr 9 - 10:03 PM

The Raiders will host Central Michigan EDGE Joe Ostman on a visit this week.

Eric Edholm adds some teams are looking at Ostman as a fullback. Insert raiders joke here. Osman was a very productive pass rusher in college, including 14 sacks last season. The question is if his game translates in a productive manner in the NFL.
Apr 2 - 10:14 AM

Central Michigan DE Joe Ostman is out on an official visit to the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday.

Ostman (6'2/253) rocked his pro day last week, showing off not only with rock-solid testing numbers but also sharp positional drills. He had not received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, making it crucial for his draft prospects that he show out well for pro day. The Rams are in the market to add to their front seven after shoring up their secondary via trades for Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. Ostman is not a slam-dunk to be drafted, but figures to land on a roster as a priority UDFA even if he goes unselected at the end of April.
Mar 21 - 7:41 PM

Former OSU interim HC Cory Hall was added to the Central Michigan staff as secondary coach and defensive pass game coordinator.

Hall took over the Beavers after Gary Anderson was fired from Oregon State in the middle of the 2017 season. He was not interviewed by new OSU HC Jonathan Smith to remain part of the staff. Prior to being the interim coach he was Oregon State's cornerback coach, and he's also served in that capacity for Washington State, Wisconsin, and Weber State.
Mar 19 - 4:08 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that Central Michigan DE Joe Ostman "impressed" during Friday's pro day.

Ostman (6'2/253) did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, making this week's pro day showing all the more important for him. He stepped up for the occasion, notching 31 reps on the bench press, leaps of 36.5 inches (vertical) and 122 inches (broad) and a three-cone drill time of 7.06 seconds. Pauline relays that he also "looked good in all his drills." Detroit Lions LB coach Al Golden met with Ostman the night before his pro day.
Mar 17 - 2:42 PM

A regional scout for an NFC team said that Central Michigan TE Tyler Conklin's 2017 tape has only limited value due to his recovering from a broken foot.

"You have to watch him in 2016 to see how good his hands are. He had some crazy catches on his hype reel," the scout said, adding that Conklin's broken foot sustained in August camp "obviously slowed him up" even after he returned to action about a month into the 2017 campaign. Conklin (6'3/254) is now fully recovered from that injury to his hoof and took part in full combine testing earlier this month. He performed well in Indianapolis, posting a composite athletic testing score in the 70th percentile of NFL tight ends.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 1:19 PM

Arizona redshirt senior DT Marcus Griffin transferred to Central Michigan as a graduate.

Thus ends an underwhelming stint in the desert for Griffin, who enrolled at Arizona as a four-star recruit back in 2014. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder managed to appear in a mere 11 games for his career with the Wildcats. He ends his time with the program having recorded just five tackles. He should have an opportunity to compete for playing time immediately with the Chippewas, as they'll be looking to replace outgoing DT Chris Kantzavelos.
Mar 11 - 4:43 PM

Central Michigan TE Tyler Conklin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.80 seconds on Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Conklin's 40-yard dash time is in the lower-half of the tight ends who participated on Saturday, but the former basketball player ranked in the top five in every other category he participated in. The 6-foot-3, 254-pound Chippewa has shown flashes of brilliance in his time at Central Michigan -- despite quarterback issues in his time at CMU. He currently projects as a Day 3 pick, but it's easy to see someone falling in love and taking him in the top three rounds.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 4 - 12:25 AM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports that Central Michigan will hire former Broncos assistant Tony Coaxum to serve as cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator.

Coaxum had been working in Denver since 2015. In terms of his collegiate coaching experience, he spent significant time on staff with Army (2007-13).
Feb 23 - 4:08 PM

Football Scoop reports that Central Michigan will hire former Nebraska TE coach Tavita Thompson to serve in the same capacity.

Thompson initially landed on staff with Nebraska in the winter of 2015, but was not retained when the team changed things up at head coach with the hiring of Scott Frost earlier this winter. The former offensive lineman played his college ball at Oregon State (2004-08).
Feb 21 - 6:49 PM


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