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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.
Source: NFL.com
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.
Source: NFL.com
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.
Source: NFL.com
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

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner "had a number of drops [at his pro day] and will probably fall out of the seven rounds."

Ouch. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound Gardner is attempting to make the shift from QB to WR. Because of his size and understanding of the game, some find him to be an intriguing prospect. He's no burner, though -- posting a 4.62 forty at the event -- and is as raw as an underground mixed tape recorded in one take. Whether he goes on Day 3 is a coin flip at this point.
Mar 15 - 11:12 PM

Michigan WR Devin Funchess "looked good catching the ball" at his pro day and his "route running was improved," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Funchess recorded a cool 4.53 forty at the event. Though Pauline complimented his route running, the analyst added that it "still needs a bit of work." Vikings' general manager Rick Spielman was amongst those in attendance. A mismatch nightmare such as Funchess would look good across from new acquisition Mike Wallace.
Mar 15 - 7:56 PM

Michigan LB Jake Ryan "looked solid in all his position drills" and "received positive reviews" from NFL scouts attending his pro day, reported TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings both dispatched linebacker coaches to check Ryan out. Many see Ryan as a two-down linebacker. The 6-foot-3, 236-pound Ryan posted a 4.71 forty at the combine. He has an ACL surgery in his past (March 2013) which may have hampered his on-field speed last year.
Mar 15 - 4:36 PM

Michigan senior QB/WR Devin Gardner recorded a 4.62 forty at his pro day, according to Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-3, 217-pound Gardner also recorded a 35.5-inch vertical jump, and a 4.38 short shuttle, with a 3-cone of 6.96 seconds. The Michigan prospect has the ideal size for the position at the next level, and could be an interesting developmental prospect on the third day of the draft.
Mar 12 - 4:05 PM

Michigan WR Devin Funchess recorded forty times in the 4.53 range at his pro day, according to Tony Pauline.

Funchess ran an "official" 4.70 forty at the Combine, so the results for today's workout is very different. There is a long debate on the merit of pro day results, and while some schools do have fast tracks, others are closer to legitimate. This is why teams use their own hand times at every event. The floor for Funchess' projection is the second-round.
Mar 12 - 1:22 PM

Michigan graduate senior C Jack Miller will not fulfill his final season of eligibility.

Miller will pursue other endeavors in the field of business. "Jack Miller says he was "burned out" on football. Had been thinking about leaving for a while, made up his mind last week," according to beat writer Dan Murphy. Miller started every game at center for the Wolverines in 2014.
Mar 12 - 11:11 AM

The Saints could target Michigan WR/TE Devin Funchess in the second round (44th overall).

On Funchess' best days, one sees a smaller, less athletically gifted version of Graham. On his worst days, he disappears. Like Graham, Funchess is comfortable lining up outside. Also like Graham, he'd rather chew glass in a tub full of razors than block. "[Funchess] often had success while in the slot," noted College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "And when he was in the slot, he obviously was a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses. There's some definite upside with Funchess, and he would be an interesting fit for the Saints with their second-round pick."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 11 - 10:26 AM

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


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