|Jabrill Peppers #5|
|Jourdan Lewis #6|
|Taco Charlton #33|
3. DE Taco Charlton (Sr) - Another guy that could go early, Charlton has all the size (6'6"/276lbs) and ability that the scouts are looking for in an end prospect. He has played second fiddle as a backup throughout his career - with only four starts to his resume before 2016, but he has always made the most of his opportunities. To top it all off, he just put up a big senior campaign that saw him nab nine sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss. He had his biggest game against rival Ohio State, in which he posted 2.5 sacks and three TFL's. That will get not get lost on NFL coaches and scouts. Projection: First Round
|Chris Wormley #43|
|Jake Butt #88|
5. DT Maurice Hurst Jr. (RJr) - Not the biggest guy at 6'2"/285lbs, but he has a lot of quickness and a seemingly non-stop motor. He hasn't gotten as much of an opportunity to showcase his skills this year due to the abundance of talent along the line, but he still made a case for himself to enter the draft this winter. Like Cole, Hurst is another guy that would benefit from coming back for his final year of eligibility to prove that he can be a team leader and winner in his own right. If all goes well his stock could soar in 2018, thus earning him millions more than he would as a third or fourth round pick. Projection: Hurst is coming back for his final season of eligibility. With another good showing he could push himself into being a first round pick in 2018.
6. OC Mason Cole (Jr) - The Wolverines' best lineman has started every game at either left tackle and center since stepping foot on campus three years ago. Cole is a technician who understands the game and rarely makes the same mistake twice. He could be a first-round selection if he stays another year and keeps improving, but he has a shot at getting drafted early right now. Projection: Cole has opted to stay for another season. That is huge for a team that is looking quite thin on the line at the moment. He too could sniff the first round with a stellar senior campaign.
10. LB Ben Gedeon (Sr) - The team leader in tackles for his final year, Gedeon is another player that hasn't been a fulltime starter throughout most of his career at Michigan. He has always made the most of his opportunities though, and has garnered playing time since he arrived in Ann Arbor. A big-time combine performance could really elevate his stock. At the moment he seems destined for mid-to-late round consideration and he will initially make a roster based on very good special teams play. Projection: Sixth Round
11. WR Jehu Chesson (5th) - There were high expectations on Chesson having a big senior year. Unfortunately, he struggled while recovering from an injury sustained back in January and never seemed to get into a groove. If he runs a sub 4.4 forty at the combine - he is reportedly Michigan's fastest player - and jumps out of the gym in all of his pre-draft workouts, he could go as high as the third round, but his lack of consistency is a little bit concerning for NFL scouts. The most overlooked part of his game is his ability and willingness to block on the perimeter. That will help his stock. Projection: Sixth Round
12. Channing Stribling (Sr) - With good size (6'2"/183lbs), Stribling plays well in zone coverages and can also play man well enough to not be a liability. He doesn't really jump off the screen at you and has been prone to some miscues and injuries, but he has all the raw ingredients to become a mid to late round steal. Harbaugh himself said he could see Stribling playing 10 years in the NFL. Projection: Seventh Round
13. FB/TE Kahlid Hill (RJr) - Hill appears to be able to do it all and he will get his fair share of opportunities blocking, receiving, and rushing the ball. He currently is the team leader in rushing TD's (8) and Harbaugh has already given him endorsement as an NFL-quality player. Some day soon he will take that to the bank, but with another year of eligibility left there is a good chance it won't be this winter. Projection: Hill is coming back to help lead the team for his final season.
14. RB De'Veon Smith (Sr) - Though his stats do not jump off the page at you, Smith has been a steady player since his freshman year and has led the team in rushing three years in a row. His ten touchdowns in 2016 coupled with some dominant perfomances against Florida, Penn State, and Indiana in the last year will help his stock. He lacks the elite athleticism and speed to be a top prospect at the position, but he possesses a lot of natural strength and balance. He has always displayed good hands too, rarely fumbling and catching 32 passes (one receiving TD) over the last two years. Somebody will give him a chance to prove he can carry the ball for them. Projection: Seventh Round
15. OT Erik Magnusson (5th) - A solid veteran player with decent size (6'6"/305lbs), mobility, and versatility to play inside or out. Don't expect him to be able to handle starting left tackle duties against the NFL's elite pass-rushers or move 350lbs nose tackles off the line of scrimmage, but he could be a backup swingman or find a home as a starting right tackle in the right system. He could also play guard and possibly even center. He doesn't do anything extremely well but he doesn't really make a lot of mistakes either. If he can clean up some technique issues he could tourn out to be a late round steal. Projection: Seventh Round
Rookie Free Agents:
- CB Jeremy Clark
- RB Ty Isaac
- LB Mike McCray II - Coming back
- DT Bryan Mone (RSo) - Coming back
- OG Kyle Kalis (5th)
- OG Ben Braden (5th)
- S Delano Hill (5th)
- S Dymonte Thomas (Sr)