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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
Apr 18 - 10:13 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."
Apr 14 - 11:08 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.
Apr 14 - 9:29 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.
Apr 14 - 10:03 AM

Former Michigan edge rusher Frank Clark reached a plea deal for his misdemeanor charge of domestic violence that was dropped down to disorderly conduct.

On top of counseling, "Clark was also sentenced to three days in jail and given credit for time served, but must adhere to one year of good behavior," the Toledo Blade writes. The domestic violence and assault charge involved Clark's girlfriend. He was dismissed from Michigan shortly after.
Apr 10 - 2:02 PM

Iowa graduate QB Jake Rudock will transfer to Michigan.

Rudock started for Iowa the past two seasons but will finish his collegiate career with Michigan. "Rudock was once recruited to Miami by now Michigan passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch," ESPN's Dan Murphy writes. The Wolverines' starting quarterback is still uncertain.
Source: ESPN
Apr 3 - 7:15 PM

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.
Apr 2 - 3:35 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.
Mar 30 - 10:15 PM

Per NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein, some "league insiders" are saying Michigan DE Frank Clark "could come off the board inside the top 100 picks."

This would be a surprise after all the trouble Clark has gotten himself into, but you can't deny the talent or the league-wide need for edge rushers. On that last note, Zierlein ranks Clark as the class' No. 8 edge rusher. "Clark has some explosive qualities and power to his game, but the big question is going to be how badly his off-the-field indiscretions play with NFL teams," he wrote. "He's likely a strong-side 3-4 OLB, but has the ability to play end in a 4-3 as well." The analyst likens Clark to Scott Crichton. "I don't think he gets past the 4th round at the latest. Our team felt like he gave honest answers regarding previous incidents and we came away feeling much better about him after speaking to him," said an NFC Personnel Executive.
Mar 30 - 9:45 PM

Michigan QB/WR Devin Gardner is willing to play whatever position an NFL team asks him to play, and has been telling organizations just that.

"My dream is to play football in the NFL, so that's what I'm going to do," he said. Gardner has already worked out for the Falcons and Bengals, and he expects to work out for the Patriots and Chiefs later this week and the Steelers at some point in the future. "If a team wants me to play quarterback, I'll play quarterback," Gardner said. "If you want me to be a scout-team quarterback when I'm a receiver, I'll do that. I'm pretty sure it's openly known that I'll do whatever it takes to help the team." Gardner has been calling around seeking advice about the transition from quarterback to receiver. He's spoken with New England's Julian Edelman, for instance. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound Gardner ran a 4.62 forty at his pro day.
Mar 22 - 8:14 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.
Mar 22 - 6:12 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.
Mar 21 - 2:29 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.
Mar 20 - 4:46 PM

Michigan LB Jake Ryan "might be one of those high-energy guys that makes it very hard for a team to cut him," according to NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"Ryan isn't going to blow anyone away with his measurables, but he's always around the ball. He might be one of those high-energy guys that makes it very hard for a team to cut him," Davis wrote. The 6-foot-3, 236-pound Ryan recorded 112 tackles, with 14 for loss, and was a finalist for the Lombardi Award as the nation's best linebacker. The Michigan prospect could hear his name called on day 3 of the draft.
Mar 19 - 2:34 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein has heard "some teams" are satisfied with the answers ex-Michigan DE Frank Clark gave regarding his off-field issues.

This means Clark is a "likely top 100" pick. We have long been fans of Clark's ability, and Josh Norris places him in his top 100 talents after coupling that skill with a great Combine. However, we are surprised to read teams are already comfortable with Clark, as the legal process still needs to play out.
Mar 19 - 11:35 AM

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