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An anonymous NFL scout said Michigan junior DE Rashan Gary would be "the hands-down best player" in any other draft class.

"It's just a really good draft class," the scout explained. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller believes in his talent but questions his position in the NFL and wrote "At 6'5" and 281 pounds, he looks like a natural fit as a 5-technique, but his athleticism might allow him to stand up and play as an edge defender depending on the scheme. Some teams will love that versatility, while others will knock it as a lack of a true fit." Ohio State's Nick Bosa, Houston's Ed Oliver, and Gary make up a fearsome defensive line trio bound to enter the draft in 2019.
Jun 16 - 11:28 AM

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread ranks Michigan junior QB Shea Patterson 3rd in his list of candidates for the Heisman.

Patterson was awarded immediate eligibility after his transfer from Ole Miss and will be the starter for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan. While the former five-star recruit is oozing with potential, Harbaugh's offenses have typically been extremely run-centric. This will likely change with Patterson being a massive upgrade in talent over previous signal-callers, but considering him a favorite may be a stretch.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 1:14 PM

NFL.com's Chase Goodbread ranks Michigan junior LB Devin Bush ninth on his list of future NFL defensive stars.

Goodbread wrote, "Bush enjoyed a breakout season as a sophomore last year with a team-high 100 tackles. He was a deserving finalist for the Butkus Award, displaying impressive range as a tackler and becoming the Wolverines' unquestioned defensive leader." He was also impressed with his versatility, noting he has "the ability to either blitz or play effectively in coverage. His eight pass breakups last season ranked second on the team." Bush should see his name called in the first round of the 2019 draft with another good season under his belt.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 13 - 1:43 PM

Illinois redshirt junior QB Jeff George Jr. will transfer to Michigan as a graduate.

George Jr. is walking on at Michigan after playing in seven games during the 2017 season at Illinois. He wasn't particularly effective in his time under center, and against Michigan completed only 4-of-15 passes for 95 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Harbaugh is convinced he "saw a lot of" George Jr's dad, former NFL quarterback Jeff George, when "looking at him through the face mask." George is eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer but will have to beat out Shea Patterson, Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey, and Joe Milton for a shot. A former two-star recruit with few offers, George Jr. likely transferred to Michigan to get a graduate degree and finish up his playing days.
Source: Land of 10
Jun 13 - 11:26 AM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler has Michigan junior DE Rashan Gary as his fourth-best player in the 2019 draft class.

Gary was the No. 1 overall prospect coming out of high school so it's not surprising he's continued to dominate in college. Brugler said Gary "flashes with his athleticism to win with his first step, either working the edge or prying his way through gaps. And he also shows the heavy hands to win the point of attack and track the football, disposing of road blocks and plugging running lanes." In what's shaping up to be a really good draft class of defensive lineman, Gary is among the best and figures to be a top selection in the 2019 draft.
Jun 12 - 2:03 PM

Four-star TE Ryan Hayes committed to Michigan.

Hayes is a multi-sport athlete who signed his letter of intent in December. Head coach Jim Harbaugh reportedly "loves" athletes who plays multiple sports and viewed it as a positive for Hayes. Both of his parents were collegiate athletes at Central Michigan University, but he couldn't turn down the change to attend Michigan. Hayes will likely develop into their starting tight end over the next couple of seasons.
Source: Land of 10
Jun 12 - 12:10 PM

An anonymous scout told Bleacher Report's Matt Miller that Michigan junior Rashan Gary is the top prospect in a different draft class.

"In any other class, this dude is talked about as the hands-down best player," the scout told Miller. "It's just a really good draft class." Gary is a potential matchup nightmare at the next level, because of his ability to rush the passer and defend the run from the inside and the outside. That versatility does give some pause, as you can't help but wonder where he'll play most effectively at the next level. " Some teams will love that versatility, while others will knock it as a lack of a true fit," Miller writes. "Those that do value Gary's variety of tools will see a player with top-five pick potential."
Jun 11 - 5:42 PM

Michigan junior QB Shea Patterson was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 39th round of the MLB amateur draft.

To be specific, Patterson was the 1,169th selection in the draft. The NFL's big show in April is decidedly tame in terms of breadth when compared with the MLB side of things. Unlike the A's and Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray, who had to work out a compromise between baseball and football, there doesn't figure to be any drama with "Sugar" Shea. While the Rangers drafted him as a third baseman, he has not actually played baseball since his junior year of high school. Patterson was awarded immediate eligibility at Michigan earlier this spring after transferring over from Ole Miss in the wake of NCAA sanctions being levied in Oxford.
Jun 7 - 11:42 AM

WTOL-11's Jordan Strack reports that Michigan junior WR Kekoa Crawford will transfer.

Crawford (6'2/187) came on to catch 17 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown last season. He's not without his appeal, but the Wolverines have a relatively deep receiving corp and realistically, he wasn't going to be an integral part in the offense during the coming season. Crawford will try for more robust opportunity elsewhere, though he'll have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA regulations lest he opts for a transfer out of the FBS altogether.
Source: Land of 10
Jun 6 - 2:33 PM

WTOL-11's Jordan Strack reports that Michigan redshirt sophomore RB Kareem Walker will transfer.

Walker (6'1/210) enrolled at Michigan with much fanfare as the top running back in the 2016 class, but it just hasn't worked out for him. He struggled with academics early in his career, which in turn led to him taking a freshman redshirt. When he was a given a chance in the field during the past campaign, he did little with it, rushing for 68 yards on 20 carries. Wolverines RB coach Jay Harbaugh said in early April that the team was "pretty happy with his performance," though he did add something of a caveat with "he's doing the best he can." As a transfer, there's enough talent here that Walker figures to receive attention from a number of Power 5 programs in the coming days and weeks.
Jun 6 - 1:01 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said that junior RB Tru Wilson was one of three backs who stood out during spring practice.

No surprise on Chris Evans or Karan Higdon, who are expected to split the bulk of carries for the Wolverines during the upcoming season. Wilson (5'10/200) would seem to be out of place in this conversation -- he initially walked on to the program and has taken just one carry in two years -- but as Harbaugh explained it, "Just his talent, his effort. Improved in all areas. Running the football. Protection. Carrying. He's done a real nice job training." It remains unlikely that Wilson will receive significant carries this fall, but he's putting himself in position for touches if UM's depth ends up taking an injury hit or two in the running backs room.
Source: mlive.com
Jun 5 - 4:37 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said that two players have left the program, but did not give their names.

Harbaugh said he would leave it up to the two unnamed players to announce their moves. As for who he's referring to, we'll do our best to read between the lines. The head coach did not mention redshirt sophomore RB Kareem Walker and sophomore RB Kurt Taylor when talking up his skill-position groups at length during the Best of the Midwest camp on Sunday. Now, neither young man has gone public with a transfer as of yet, but both would make sense as potential departures. Walker, in particular, is a player who we've been keeping an eye on this offseason. He initially signed on with Michigan as a highly-regarded four-star recruit in the 2016 class, but had issue with academics out of the gate and saw just 20 carries last season.
Source: Rivals
Jun 5 - 12:56 PM

Michigan sophomore CB David Long allowed the lowest passer rating of any returning cornerback in the FBS according to Pro Football Focus.

When quarterbacks targeted Long , their passer rating was only 11.9, easily the lowest of any returning player in the FBS. On top of that, Michigan's other starting corner -- Lavert Hill-- allowed a rating of just 38.4, 12th among returners. Good luck, Big Ten passers. Long will be one of the top cornerbacks to watch in the 2020 draft -- assuming he has similar production to this over his sophomore and junior seasons.
Jun 1 - 6:07 PM

Land of 10's Kevin Goheen believes that Michigan redshirt sophomore QB Brandon Peters will serve as backup to junior Shea Patterson "at least to start the season."

Goheen is like the rest of us, working under the assumption that Patterson will ultimately win the starting job in preseason camp. Assuming that comes to pass, it'll be Peters, Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton duking it out for backup rights this summer. We're right with the Land of 10 analyst when it comes to Peters, who saw four starts last season. The redshirt sophomore threw for 672 yards with a 4/2 TD/INT ratio when given the opportunity during the 2017 campaign.
Source: Land of 10
May 30 - 2:59 PM

Michigan junior QB Shea Patterson said of his transfer to Ann Arbor, "I've learned that this is a business, and there's nothing wrong with that."

"We had put together a really, really good group in the 2016 class and did everything we needed to do, and [Ole Miss] didn't do everything they needed to do," Patterson said while speaking at length on his decision to jettison from Oxford in favor of Ann Arbor over the winter. The former five-star signal-caller was awarded immediate eligibility at the end of April due to Patterson and other transferring Rebs successfully arguing that Ole Miss misled them as to the extent of NCAA sanctions that were about to be levied against the program. Despite all the turmoil, "Sugar" Shea said that he still "love[s]" former HC Hugh Freeze while also acknowledging that "we could only keep it together so much" and that he "just wish[es] things had gone differently."
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 11:53 AM


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