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ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Michigan WR Devin Funchess "could land in Round 2 but is certainly going to be in the discussion for a few teams in Round 1."

"It just depends on how the board lines up," Kiper wrote. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn recently spoke with multiple scouts who do not view Funchess as a TE, and it's hard to blame them. "He's a wide receiver," one scout said. "He's not physical enough as an inside blocker." The 6-foot-4, 232-pound Funchess, who has long arms (33 1/2") and big mitts (9 3/4"), ran a pair of 4.70s in the forty-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Mar 1 - 6:09 PM

Bob McGinn spoke with multiple scouts who do not think Michigan's Devin Funchess can play TE.

"He's a wide receiver," one scout said. "He's not physical enough as an inside blocker." Another scout added "He won't block. He's got good hands but he drops balls. He can't play tight end." There has been a constant debate on if Funchess will play tight end or wide receiver. It is a bit of semantics from an evaluation perspective, but will obviously matter in terms of a second contract. We just do not see Funchess playing inline in any formation, so that makes him a boundary or slot receiver.
Feb 24 - 12:12 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline notes that Michigan LB Jake Ryan has been "pegged as a two down defender by a number of people including myself."

Pauline predicted a forty time in the 4.6s and good shuttle times. Ryan posted an unofficial 4.71 forty time on Sunday morning. "Ryan timed well last year as a junior and just needs to translate that speed onto the football field," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-3, 236-pound Ryan has an ACL surgery in his past (March 2013) which may have hampered his on-field speed last year.
Feb 22 - 11:13 PM

Michigan WR Devin Funchess ran a pair of 4.70s in the forty-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

These disappointing times bring about a series of questions, namely: What position will Funchess play in the pros? He blocks like a piece of Scotch tape on a Hoover Dam crack, and he runs like what he should be, an athletic tight end, and not a dynamic perimeter threat. The 6-foot-4, 232-pound Funchess, who has long arms (33 1/2") and big mitts (9 3/4"), may have tumbled into the second round today.
Feb 21 - 9:16 PM

Todd McShay notes that Scouts Inc. had a fifth-round grade on Michigan DE Frank Clark entering the season, "but he's a free-agent prospect now."

"He was dismissed from the Michigan program in November after being arrested on misdemeanor domestic violence and assault charges, and has had previous run-ins with the law, including a second-degree home invasion charge in the summer of 2012 (he plead guilty to a felony charge and received probation)," McShay wrote. NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock also recently said that Clark may not get drafted. Clearly, the interview process is going to be crucial for the formerly intriguing prospect.
Feb 17 - 9:43 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes Michigan WR Devin Funchess will run a better 40-yard dash than Kelvin Benjamin's 4.61 at last year's combine.

The analyst also believes Funchess will show better movement skills than Benjamin, but added that Funchess probably won't be drafted higher than where Benjamin was taken (No. 28 overall). The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Funchess has great short area run after catch ability for a player his size. He's been compared to Benjamin by many, including us. Besting Benjamin's testing numbers is Funchess' best chance to earn a late Round 1 call.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 12:30 AM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes former Michigan senior DE Frank Clark may not get drafted.

"Mayock on Frank Clark's off-field issues: I think it's going to affect Frank Clark to the point he doesn't get drafted," Birkett tweeted. The Michigan prospect was dismissed from the team, after he was arrested on misdemeanor domestic violence and assault charges in November. Clark has showed talent as a pass rusher with the ability to control the edge, but teams will have to be sold that he has put his troubled past behind him.
Feb 16 - 4:26 PM

Michigan DE Frank Clark "is physical and intense and could make a 4-3 team as a rotational defensive end," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper said last month that Clark's draft stock will be affected by his legal status, and Rang notes the same. Clark was arrested on misdemeanor domestic violence and assault charges in November and was dismissed from the squad. The 6-foot-2, 270-pounder collected 120 tackles, 35 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in 48 games for Michigan.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 15 - 4:00 PM

Michigan senior ILB Desmond Morgan received a medical hardship waiver and will be eligible to play in 2015.

Great news for Jim Harbaugh, as his first Wolverine defense will now be anchored by an NFL-caliber veteran interior 'backer. Morgan's waiver was essentially a formality, as he hurt his hand in the season opener against Appalachian State and didn't play again. The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Morgan, who has been clocked at a 4.76 40-yard dash, was graded by TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline as a preseason Round 7 prospect. The four-year starter has recorded 229 career tackles.
Feb 10 - 9:32 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes former Michigan senior DE Frank Clark's "arrest and prior indiscretions make it unlikely that teams will be willing to draft him."

"Clark has mid-round talent, but his arrest and prior indiscretions make it unlikely that teams will be willing to draft him. If he gets everything sorted out, he has a shot at getting into a camp," Zierlein wrote. Before the Michigan Wolverine prospect was dismissed from the program, he played in 10 games last year, and recorded 42 tackles (29 solo), 13.5 tackles-for-loss, 4.5 sacks, two pass breakups, and a fumble recovery. With the NFL taking domestic violence issues very seriously, teams could look at other players with a similar skill set that matches Clark.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 9 - 2:32 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler was surprised Michigan edge player Frank Clark was invited to the combine.

"From a talent perspective, Clark has the physical traits to make an impact in the NFL and is worthy of showing off his skills in Indianapolis," Brugler wrote. "But after a domestic disturbance last November, he was dismissed from the Michigan program and will have a chance to tell his story at the combine." ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper said last month that Clark's draft stock will be "affected" by his legal status. Kiper added that Clark is already at a disadvantage because of the position he plays, and there are already "many players that are able to get after the quarterback and play in a similar type of way."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 7:27 PM

Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner wasn't invited to the combine.

Gardner could have used this showcase to prove to evaluators that his receiving skills were making strides. After switching to receiver full time this winter, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Gardner improved throughout the week at Shrine Game practices. ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper believes Gardner could be "a late-round pick" and a "developmental wide receiver."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 7 - 5:46 PM

Ex-Michigan edge player Frank Clark's next court date is scheduled for Feb. 20, the fourth day of the NFL Combine.

Clark did receive a Combine invite and is scheduled to undergo Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media and Interviews on Feb. 20, two days before on-field testing for DL. Obviously the court date is paramount here, especially since Clark was arrested after being accused of domestic violence.
Feb 6 - 7:16 PM

Houston junior QB John O'Korn announced he will transfer to Michigan.

Unless we are mistaken, O'Korn will almost certainly have to sit out a season once transferring. He passed for 4,068 yards in two seasons, completed 56 percent of his passes and had a 34:18 TD to INT ratio. He only played in seven games in 2014, however.
Feb 5 - 12:58 PM

Michigan sophomore TE Jake Butt underwent microscopic knee surgery earlier this month.

Uh oh. This is the same knee that had a torn ACL repaired last February. Even so, is Butt is not expected to miss spring practices. Butt missed three games between injury and suspension last season and finished with nine catches for 211 yards and two touchdowns. Butt was not a major part of Michigan's passing offense in 2014 with Devin Funchess around, but the former four-star recruit figures to be a popular breakout pick this summer. Head coach Jim Harbaugh‘s offenses at Stanford always made great use of the tight end.
Jan 31 - 6:25 PM


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