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Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh says he's confident that junior T Grant Newsome (knee) will return to the field.

The 6-foot-7, 318-pounder functioned as Michigan's left tackle as a sophomore last season before he suffered a severe leg injury against Wisconsin on Oct. 1. That injury required several surgeries and more than a month in the hospital. When will he return to the field? "Don't know (yet), he's working out every day, he's getting around good, he's making strides," Harbaugh said Tuesday night. "He's as tough as a two-dollar steak and he's (working) with an incredible attitude."
Source: MLive
Feb 22 - 1:36 PM

Michigan received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 DE Aidan Hutchinson.

Hutchinson was a standout performer at the Best of the Midwest Combine on Monday and subsequently pledged his services to Michigan on Tuesday. He has made marked improvements in his game over the past year, with Rivals recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt noting that he has worked to fill out his 6-foot-4, 227-pound frame, which has "noticeably helped him at the point of attack." The analyst also believes that he now "looks more explosive." Continued strong work on the offseason camp circuit could help him sneak his way into Rivals' 2018 master list, but for the time being, the outlet does not place him in their top 250 prospects in the current cycle.
Source: mlive.com
Feb 21 - 11:04 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh confirmed that sophomore TE Devin Asiasi will transfer.

247Sports was on this back at the beginning of February, reporting that Asiasi was hoping to transfer to a West Coast program. The former four-star recruit saw the field for all 13 of Michigan's games last season, but did little on the offensive end, managing just two catches for 18 yards (one of which went for a touchdown) over the course of the season. Still plenty of talent here to mine, though, once the 6-foot-3, 287-pounder settles on his new program. USC and UCLA were both in consideration for his pledge prior to him committing to Michigan.
Feb 21 - 9:48 PM

NFL.com's Albert Breer reports that Michigan will hire former Minnesota Vikings QB coach Scott Turner as an offensive analyst.

Turner is the son of longtime NFL coach Norv Turner. He had worked as the Vikings' quarterbacks coach for the last three seasons and last held a position at the collegiate level when he served as Pitt's wide receivers coach in 2010.
Feb 21 - 6:00 PM

An AFC college scouting director says Michigan S Jabrill Peppers "is a better offensive player than defensive prospect."

"I'm concerned about the lack of interceptions and his lack of physicality," he said. "He is more of a run-and-chase defender to me. He might have a chance as a 4-3 (weakside) linebacker but I believe he might be better with the ball in his hands." A different AFC college scouting director also had concerns about Peppers' NFL positional fit. "He is a box safety or nickel linebacker. He doesn't play well in the back end and is just OK in man coverage. He does have a knack for blitzing and finding the ball in the box. I think you need to have a plan for him because he is good in the return game and he loves playing football. ... I just struggle with him as a defensive player." NFL Media's Bucky Brooks compares Peppers to Eric Weddle, writing: "I believe Peppers' positional flexibility has hurt his value on some draft boards, but astute evaluators and creative defensive minds will appreciate his multi-faceted game as an intriguing chess piece."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 5:29 PM

Michigan CB Jeremy Clark (knee) received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

If you don't recall hearing Clark's name too many times this season, that is understandable. He tore his ACL in a late September contest against Penn State and subsequently missed the remainder of the 2016 campaign. Despite the fact that he essentially played no more than a cameo role this past season, the 6-foot-4, 206-pounder will have a chance to prove his rehab to NFL teams later this month. In a healthy 2015 season, he racked up 21 tackles while intercepting a trio of passes.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 19 - 1:44 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that if Michigan S Delano Hill impresses during testing at the NFL Scouting Combine, he could see some love on Day 2 of the draft.

Pauline passes along that "Hill has been running laser times under 4.4 seconds and short shuttle times under four seconds flat." The analyst comps him to Boston College S Justin Simmons, who was drafted by the Broncos in Round 3 of the 2016 draft. "Hill is a good football player whose athleticism is in question," Pauline explains, "the same criticisms faced by Simmons a year ago." The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder is coming off a 2016 season in which he logged 50 tackles (4.5 for loss) and three interceptions over the course of 12 games played. He returned one of those picks for a touchdown.
Feb 17 - 6:27 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. pegged Michigan S Jabrill Peppers to the New England Patriots with the 32nd overall pick in his latest mock draft.

"Peppers is still a bit of a mystery in terms of projection -- teams are doing a lot of homework and trying to figure out how and where he'll fit," Kiper writes. "But I know a good place [in New England] to land for a player who can do just about anything but just needs a coaching staff that can be creative and use his instincts." The 6-foot, 200-pounder's position is, indeed, a moving target at this point. He will be working out at linebacker come the NFL Scouting Combine later this month, but a December report from MMQB's Emily Kaplan had evaluators nearly unanimously saying that the former Wolverine's best fit with in the NFL will come at safety. It's possible that he will also work out at safety in Indianapolis -- not completely out of the norm for players to see time at two positions during testing and drills.
Feb 16 - 8:45 PM

Michigan led the NCAA with 14 players invited to the NFL Combine.

That's four more than Alabama and LSU -- the next two-highest finishers -- got. The following is a list of Wolverines headed to Indianapolis: OL Ben Braden, TE Jake Butt, DL Taco Charlton, WR Jehu Chesson, CB Jeremy Clark, WR Amara Darboh, LB Ben Gedeon, DL Ryan Glasgow, S Delano Hill, CB Jourdan Lewis, S Jabrill Peppers, RB De'Veon Smith, CB Channing Stribling and DL Chris Wormley.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 15 - 5:45 PM

Michigan OL Erik Magnuson was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Magnuson made 37 career starts at Michigan and was an East-West Shrine Game participant last month. In 2016, he earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as the Wolverines' starting right tackle.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 15 - 4:48 PM

Michigan defender Jabrill Peppers is listed as a LB on the official NFL Combine sheet.

He will wear LB24, unless something changes. It is odd to list Peppers as a linebacker, as many project him as a safety. He is likely around 6-feet and 200-pounds, which is far from traditional linebacker size. He will be testing with player 50-pounds heavier than he is.
Feb 15 - 12:39 PM

Dolphins beat writer Armando Salguero believes the team's No. 1 priority this offseason is to add an edge rusher.

With expected to contract changes, the team's two edge rushers will likely be Cameron Wake and Terrence Fede with a possible long term signing of Andre Branch. The Dolphins currently pick at No. 22. The edge rushing class looks great on paper, but a number of teams have the same top priority as the Dolphins. These pass rushers will come off the board quickly.
Feb 15 - 9:24 AM

In a poll conducted by Walter Football's Charlie Campbell, three of six NFL teams said Michigan LB/S Jabrill Peppers was a first-round pick.

The other three called him an early second-rounder. Peppers (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) is seen by some as a tweener, a little too small to project neatly into the hybrid dime linebacker/safety position popularized by Arizona's Deone Bucannon. One national NFC scout told Campbell: "He's a smaller Landon Collins. He has to be a safety in my opinion, but he has even less coverage exposure than Landon did coming out as a pure strong safety." An AFC director of college scouting disagreed with that tepid endorsement: "Probably will go in the first after he tests well at the combine. I would say 20-30 range."
Feb 13 - 1:28 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Josh Liskiewitz writes that Michigan redshirt senior DL Maurice Hurst is "the clear leader of the [defensive] unit" heading into 2017.

Liskiewitz ranks Hurst as the No. 3 returning player in the Big Ten. He had a chance to jump for the draft this winter, but opted instead to return to campus. That is a nice beat for the Wolverines, as they leaked several key defensive players to the NFL Draft this offseason. "[Hurst's] 34 total pressures in 173 pass-rush reps last season ranks him first in pass-rush productivity among 2017 defensive tackles," Liskiewitz notes, "and his 18 run stops on 155 run downs ranks him eighth in run-stop percentage within the same group." In terms of your more commonly used statistics, the 6-foot-2, 282-pounder put forth 33 tackles (11.5 for loss), five sacks and a forced fumble over the course of 12 games played during the 2016 campaign. Those numbers could see a boost in 2017, as Hurst is expected to step into a larger role for the coming season.
Feb 12 - 7:46 PM

Michigan signed four-star 2017 S Jaylen Kelly-Powell.

Kelly-Powell took official visits to Nebraska, Oregon and Wisconsin this past autumn, ultimately locking in a Michigan commitment in mid-November. ESPN notes that the 6-foot, 175-pounder "plays fast, competes hard and has great recovery quickness." The outlet believes that Kelly-Powell's best early fit might come at nickel corner, though his highest upside is at safety.
Feb 11 - 2:24 PM


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