Michigan fans can argue over whether Jim Harbaugh has lived up to expectations so far at his alma mater. He has done a good job of producing NFL talent.
This should be another pretty strong NFL Draft for the Wolverines. Tonight’s first round could see a few being selected.
Once again, defense is the focus for the Wolverines heading to the next level. Harbaugh is looking to improve things on the offensive end, but he and coordinator Don Brown have done a great job on the other side of the ball.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller published a new full seven-round mock NFL Draft today, with six Michigan players being drafted.
Miller has two Wolverine stars going in the first round, which begins tonight. On Friday, the NFL will conduct rounds two and three, and rounds four through seven go down on Saturday.
Here’s where he predicts every Michigan Wolverine to be drafted.
Round 1, Pick 10 – LB Devin Bush – Denver Broncos
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Miller’s evaluation of Bush:
Devin Bush can be head coach Vic Fangio’s Patrick Willis in Denver. He’s a rangy, tough, smart linebacker who can blitz, stuff the run and drop into coverage. The “Mike” position is incredibly valuable and important in this scheme, so filling it here is a great choice for Fangio and the Broncos.
Round 1, Pick 14 – DL Rashan Gary – Atlanta Falcons
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) April 24, 2019
If the Falcons stay at No. 14 overall, Rashan Gary makes the most sense. He’s a powerful defensive end with the size (6’4″, 277 lbs) to potentially kick inside and play next to Grady Jarrett in a lot of four-man fronts. A defense with Vic Beasley Jr., Gary, Jarrett and Takkarist McKinley could get the Falcons back in the NFC South playoff race.
Round 3, Pick 68 – EDGE Chase Winovich – New York Jets
Round 4, Pick 105 – CB David Long – New York Jets
Round 6, Pick 202 – RB Karan Higdon – New Orleans Saints
Round 7, Pick 241– TE Zach Gentry – Dallas Cowboys
Bush and Gary have been heading in different directions early in the NFL Draft process. Teams reportedly love Bush’s athleticism and versatility, while they have major questions about Gary’s lack of college production. He was an elite recruit and has big-time measurables though, so someone will take a shot on him early.