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CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang ranked Michigan senior CB Jourdan Lewis as the No. 9 senior prospect for 2017.

Rang referred to Lewis as "[perhaps] the most dynamic athlete among the 2017 senior class." The 5-foot-10, 176-pounder is coming off a strong 2015 campaign. Pro Football Focus graded him as the top corner in the country last year, earning their No. 1 pass coverage grade while showing up with a top-20 run-defense grade to boot. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. checked him onto his early 2017 Big Board at No. 15. Size questions could concern scouts later in the process.
Source: CBS Sports
May 19 - 1:31 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown believes Michigan redshirt sophomore QB Wilton Speight is the biggest threat to upset Houston transfer QB John O'Korn in the starting quarterback competition this summer.

O'Korn, who started at Houston as a freshman in 2013, is the favorite to win Jake Rudock's old post, but he'll have to beat off a host of competitors that includes Speight, junior Shane Morris, redshirt freshman Alex Malzone and true freshman Brandon Peters. The 6-foot-6, 239-pound Speight outplayed his competitors in the spring and was Rudock's top backup last season.
May 18 - 6:32 PM

Michigan sophomore T Grant Newsome is projected to start at left tackle this fall.

He'll take the post of Mason Cole, who is moving to center. Newsome played only 28 snaps in 2015, including a start against Minnesota on Halloween. He was a four-star prospect, Rivals' No. 12 offensive tackle.
May 18 - 5:38 PM

Michigan moved junior LT Mason Cole to center.

Cole has been Michigan's left tackle since his very first game as a true freshman in 2014. He's going to be a bully on the interior in the run game (No. 16 run-blocking grade among all FBS tackles last year). PFF notes that Cole's struggles with inside countermoves -- Cole had negative pass blocking grades the last two years (nine sacks, 16 hits and 26 hurries) -- should be mitigated by the change. Cole "struggled to change directions efficiently on the edge, in particular showing an inability to redirect inside on rushers working back to the 'B' gap," wrote Josh Liskiewitz. "Where he did excel was pulling out into space as well as working to the second level — a trait that will be a heavier element to his game now that he is moving inside." Cole replaces Graham Glascow, a Lions third-rounder.
May 17 - 7:59 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Michigan redshirt sophomore OLB/DB Jabrill Peppers No. 9 on his Big Board.

"There isn't much Peppers can't do on the football field, as he was dynamic on defense and in the return game; he also put in time on offense last season," Kiper wrote. "This year, he'll be something of a hybrid as a guy with safety size and speed lining up in the box. Expect to be impressed." Whereas Peppers played CB last year, Michigan is now asking him to be a hybrid OLB/S who sometimes mans the slot.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 4:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper slots Michigan senior CB Jourdan Lewis No. 15 on his Big Board.

"Lewis could have factored into first-round talk had he jumped into the 2016 draft class, but he'll return and give Michigan two of the top NFL prospects in the country on one side of the ball," Kiper wrote. "Lewis can really cover, but size will be the question mark. Can he stay outside in the NFL?" At this point, that's an open question. The 5-foot-10, 176-pound Lewis posted a top-five FBS finish with 21 passes defended last season and must have a similar season to enter Vernon Hargreaves territory as a prospect.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 2:52 PM

The South Point Casino Hotel installed Ohio State as an early 6.5-point favorite against Michigan.

Answering the eternal question of "How early is too early," South Point boldly went ahead and released a slew of early betting lines for games that will not be played for another half-a-year. The Buckeyes will host this particular contest on November 25. Last season, they crushed the upstart Wolverines 42-13. Ohio State has reeled off four consecutive victories in the series. All of that being said, it is very possible that Michigan actually lands ahead of their Big 10 rival when official top-25 polls are released later this summer.
Source: ESPN.com
May 13 - 9:36 PM

Michigan redshirt sophomore Jabrill Peppers has been practicing at a hybrid linebacker role this offseason.

The position is important in Don Brown's defense, Michigan's new play caller on that side of the ball. Peppers previously played corner, but Brown estimates Peppers spending 70 percent of practice snaps at the hybrid linebacker spot. Really, the only difference is a title change, as the slot corner spot is being classified as more of a linebacker in this setting. "But I'm definitely in the box a lot more and blitzing a lot more," Peppers said.
May 13 - 10:14 AM

ESPN's Dan Murphy named Michigan redshirt sophomore CB Jabrill Peppers the team's most versatile player.

ESPN published a rundown of the most versatile players on each top-25 outfit heading into 2016. Peppers was probably the easiest one on the list. The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder began his Wolverine career as a corner, moved to safety and has been moved (again) this spring to outside linebacker. He also lined up at WR, RB and QB in 2015. Plus, he handled punt return duties. Even Swiss Army Knives are jealous.
Source: ESPN.com
May 10 - 11:06 PM

Lions selected Michigan QB Jake Rudock with the No. 191 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Rudock (6'3/207) spent one year at Michigan after transferring from Iowa, leading the Wolverines to a 10-3 record and completing 64% of his throws with a 20:9 TD-to-INT ratio. Rudock benefited from spending his entire college career in pro-style attacks, and draws high marks for intelligence and intangibles. His arm strength is baseline-NFL caliber at best, however, and Rudock needs to speed up his internal clock. Lacking starter-quality traits, Rudock would do well to hang around the league toting clipboards.
Apr 30 - 4:36 PM

Ravens selected Michigan DT Willie Henry with the No. 132 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Henry (6'3/303) made 22 starts on the Wolverines' defensive line, amassing 18.5 career tackles for loss and ten sacks. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a senior. Henry turned in a solid Combine workout, running 5.0-flat with a 30 1/2-inch vertical and 28 bench-press reps. A three-technique prospect with some power to his game and plenty of up-field burst, Henry has a legitimate chance to develop into an NFL starter.
Apr 30 - 1:51 PM

Lions selected Michigan C Graham Glasgow with the No. 95 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Glasgow (6'6/307) made 37 starts for the Wolverines, seeing action at both guard spots before spending his senior year at center. He made honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2015. A nasty run blocker with big hands (10 3/4") and good arm length for the interior (33 5/8"), Graham is a limited-athlete overachiever with exactly the level of versatility NFL teams seek in reserve linemen. Glasgow's biggest red flag is his history of drinking; he was suspended after a 2014 DUI and committed further infractions during the ban. Glasgow could carve out an extended NFL career, but he needs to stay on the right track.
Apr 29 - 11:12 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called Michigan C Graham Glasgow "smart," adding that "[h]opefully, he's smart enough to stop drinking.

Glasgow ran into trouble when he was pulled over for driving under the influence last March. At least one scout doesn't see this as a future issue, telling the Journal Sentinel, "He's big and he gets on people and he blocks 'em. Maybe a little upright in his play but he's pretty good. He had the (alcohol) incident but they say he's been all right." That scout added "he just blocks people." Depending on which team drafts him, he could end up at center or either guard position.
Apr 26 - 8:54 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports that the Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions have all shown interest in Michigan OLB James Ross III.

Ross was tremendous as a sophomore but fell off over the past two years following a position change from weakside linebacker to strongside linebacker. At 5-foot-11, 232 pounds, Ross projects as an inside linebacker who needs to pack on some more muscle. He can likely be had for a UDFA contract.
Apr 26 - 6:56 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper called Michigan DE Mario Ojemudia a potential mid-round talent on a Wednesday teleconference.

Ojemudia tore his Achilles in October and never returned to the field, hurting his draft prospects. "The guy ... who has a chance to be a really good player -- you talk about all these injured guys -- Mario Ojemudia is a kid, a defensive end who showed a lot of promise but he got hurt," Kiper said. "Before that, I think he looked like a third or fourth round pick. He's a kid to watch that could get lost in the shuffle that showed NFL ability." Ojemudia's recovery is reportedly going well.
Apr 20 - 5:07 PM


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