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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 8:30 am    Post subject: 2018 Draft: Top 220+ and beyond... Reply with quote

A very early list of some of the top players in the up coming draft in 2018. I divided it by round without compensatory and ended up with rounds 1-7, edited originally, did five but thought why not go all the way to 7. There is 32 in each round... Ideally it is a much better OT group in terms of star talent potentially, same could be said for QB as well. Still a lot of players with a lot to prove, especially at CB and WR.



1st
Arden Key LSU OLB/DE JR
Derwin James Florida State S JR
Saquon Barkley Penn State RB JR
Trey Adams Washington OT JR
Deondre Francois Florida State QB RS SOPH
Christian Wilkins Clemson DL JR
Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT RS JR
Clelin Ferrell Clemson DE RS SOPH
Sam Darnold USC QB RS SOPH
Quin Blanding Virginia S SR
Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT RS SR
Lamar Jackson Louisville QB JR
Da'Ron Payne Alabama DT JR
Mike Gesicki Penn State TE SR
Chase Hansen Utah S RS JR
Vita Vea Washington DT JR
Tarvarus McFadden Florida State CB JR
Derrius Guice LSU RB JR
Connor Williams Texas OT JR
Courtland Sutton SMU WR RS JR
Rashaan Evans Alabama LB SR
Minkah Fitzpatrick Alabama S JR
Antonio Callaway Florida WR JR
Derrick Nnadi Florida State DT SR
Josh Allen Wyoming QB RS JR
Malik Jefferson Texas OLB JR
Calvin Ridley Alabama WR JR
Ronnie Harrison Alabama S JR
Ronald Jones II USC RB JR
Skai Moore South Carolina LB RS SR
Harold Landry Boston College DE SR
Martez Ivey Florida OG JR


2nd
Armani Watts Texas A&M S SR
Jarrett Stidham Auburn RS JR
Jaylon Ferguson La Tech OLB JR
Bradley Chubb NC State DE SR
Christian Kirk Texas A&M WR JR
James Washington Oklahoma State WR SR
Lorenzo Carter Georgia OLB SR
Trenton Thompson Georgia DT JR
Jaylen Samuels NC State WR/RB SR
Tremaine Edmunds Virginia Tech OLB JR
Dante Pettis Washington WR SR
Patrick Vahe Texas OG JR
Baker Mayfield Oklahoma QB SR
Mark Andrews Oklahoma TE RS JR
Chukwuma Okorafor Western Michigan OT SR
Jordan Whitehead Pitt JR SR
Rasheem Green USC DE JR
Matthew Thomas Florida State LB SR
Jerome Baker Ohio State OLB JR
Azeem Victor Washington LB SR
Kamryn Pettway Auburn RB JR
Corbin Kaufusi BYU DE RS SOPH
Bo Scarbrough Alabama RB JR
Yosuah Nijman Virgina Tech OT JR
Kalen Ballage Arizona State RB SR
Jaire Alexander Louisville CB JR
DJ Chark LSU WR SR
Troy Fumagalli Wisconsin TE SR
Steven Richardson Minnesota DT SR
Josey Jewell Iowa ILB SR
Peter Kalambayi Stanford OLB RS SR
Marcus Baugh Ohio State TE SR


3rd
Frank Ragnow Arkansas C SR
Chris Worley Ohio State OLB SR
DJ Reed Kansas State JR
Ross Pierschbacher Alabama OG RS JR
Josh Sweat Florida State OLB JR
Josh Rosen UCLA QB JR
Mason Cole Michigan OL SR
Isaiah Oliver Colorado JR
Marcus Davenport UTSA OLB SR
Chasz Wright Penn State OT JR
Lowell Lotulelei Utah DT SR
Dalton Risner Kansas State OL JR
Mason Rudolph Ok State QB SR
Godwin Igwebuike Northwestern S SR
Porter Gustin USC OLB JR
Brian O'Neill Pitt OT JR
Donte Jackson LSU CB JR
C'yontai Lewis Florida TE JR
Bradley Bozeman Alabama C SR
Marquis Haynes Ole Miss OLB SR
Royce Freeman Oregon RB SR
Kendrick Norton Miami FL DT JR
Cameron Smith USC ILB JR
Tegray Scales Indiana ILB SR
Jamarcus King South Carolina CB SR
Kyle Allen Houston QB SR
Chad Thomas Miami FL DE SR
Nick Chubb Georgia RB SR
Maurice Hurst Michigan DT RS SR
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma OLB SR
Da'Shawn Hand Alabama DE SR
Luke Falk Washington State QB SR



4th
Manny Bowen Penn State OLB JR
Darian Roseboro NC State DE JR
Justin Crawford West Virginia RB SR
Jamarco Jones Ohio State OT SR
Chris Westry Kentucky JR
David Knevel Nebraska OT SR
Deon Cain Clemson WR JR
Anthony Miller Memphis WR RS SR
Rashard Fant Indiana CB SR
Tyquan Lewis Ohio State DE SR
J'Mon Moore Missouri WR SR
Kevin Toliver II LSU JR
Dominick Sanders Georgia S SR
Marcus Allen Penn State S SR
Shamire Devine Georgia Tech OG RS SR
Tyrone Crowder Clemson OG RS SR
Billy Price Ohio State
Duke Ejiofor Wake Forest DE SR
Khalid Hill Michigan FB RS SR
Justin Jackson Northwestern RB SR
Jack Cichy Wisconsin ILB SR
Ja'Von Rolland-Jones Arkansas St. OLB SR
Duke Dawson Florida S SR
Nick DeLuca NDSU ILB SR
Wyatt Teller Virginia Tech OG RS SR
Ethan Wolf Tennessee TE SR
Alex Officer Pitt C RS SR
Jason Cabinda Penn State ILB SR
Tony Brown Alabama CB SR
Fred Warner BYU OLB SR
Naashon Hughes Texas LB SR
Keishawn Bierria Washington ILB SR


5th
Mike McCray Michigan OLB RS SR
Anthony Averett Alabama CB SR
Jonathan Alvarez Oklahoma OG SR
Jackson Dillion Memphis OLB SR
BJ Hill NC State DT SR
Micah Hannemann BYU S SR
RJ Prince UNC OG SR
Richard Lagow Indiana QB SR
Salesi Uhatafe Utah OG SR
Jalyn Holmes Ohio State DE SR
Adonis Alexander Virginia Tech JR
Simmie Cobbs Jr Indiana WR SR
Duke McGhee Minnesota S RS SR
Trevon Young Louisville OLB RS SR
Devon Allen Oregon WR SR
Grant Newsome Michigan OT JR
Tre Flowers Oklahoma State S SR
Ralph Webb Vandy RB SR
Kyle Meadows Kentucky OT SR
Robert Foster Alabama WR SR
Jaleel Wadood UCLA S SR
Dimitir Flowers Oklahoma FB SR
Davin Bellamy Georgia OLB SR
Aaron Cochran Ok State OT SR
Andrew Motuapuaka Virginia Tech ILB SR
Allen Lazard Iowa State WR SR
De'Mornay Pierson-El Nebraska WR SR
Shaun Dion Hamilton Alabama ILB SR
JK Scott Alabama P SR
Dee Delaney Miami FL CB SR
Demetrius Cooper Michigan State DE SR
Demetrius Monday Kent State CB SR



6th
Brian Allen Michigan State
Jalen Davis Utah State CB SR
Darius James Auburn OT SR
Linell Bonner Houston WR SR
MJ Stewart UNC CB SR
E.J. Levenberry UCONN OLB RS SR
Jonathan Cook Memphis S SR
Brandon Facyson Virginia Tech CB RS SR
Nick Linder Miami FL OG SR
Ed Parris LSU CB SR
Dalton Schultz Stanford TE SR
Donovan Wilson Texas A&M S SR
Christian LaCouture LSU DT SR
Durham Smythe Notre Dame TE SR
Shawun Lurry Northern Illinois CB SR
Nathan Marcus Vandy TE SR
Wilton Speight Michigan QB SR
Sony Michel Georgia RB SR
Otaro Alaka Texas A&M OLB SR
Michael Hill Ohio State DT SR
Emanuel Porter TCU WR SR
Hootie Jones Alabama S SR
Brandon Bryant Mississippi State S RS JR
DaeSean Hamilton Penn State WR SR
Ryan Burns Stanford QB RS SR
Micah Kiser Virginia ILB SR
J.T. Barrett Ohio State QB SR
Darius Phillips Western Michigan CB SR
Steven Dunbar Houston WR SR
Kenny Hill TCU QB RS SR
Ian Bunting Michigan TE SR
Coleman Shelton Washington C SR


7th
Ro'Derrick Hoskins Florida State LB SR
Jeb Blazevich Georgia TE SR
Jeremy Smith Louisville RB SR
Cam Sims Alabama WR SR
Gewhite Stallworth La Tech OT SR
Frank Herron LSU DT SR
Nate Wozniak Minnesota TE SR
Junior Joseph UCONN ILB SR
Matt Linehan Idaho QB SR
Joshua Kalu Nebraska CB SR
Jamar Summers UCONN CB SR
Michael Gallup Colorado State WR SR
Vontae Diggs UCONN OLB SR
D'Cota Dixon Wisconsin S SR
Charles Nelson Oregon CB SR
Joshua Frazier Alabama DT SR
Nick Thurman Houston DE SR
Damon Webb Ohio State S SR
Oren Burks Vandy OLB SR
Austin Proehl UNC WR SR
Rick Leonard Florida State OT SR
Chris Frey Michigan State OLB SR
Ja'Whaun Bentley Purdue OLB SR
Riley Ferguson Memphis QB SR
Travon Blanchard Baylor S SR
Bryson Allen-Williams South Carolina OLB SR
Drue Tranquill Notre Dame S SR
Cody Poock Minnesota OLB RS SR
Jesse Ertz Kansas State WR/QB SR
Chris Hawkins USC S SR
Conor Sheehy Wisconsin DE SR
Darren Gardenhire Washington CB SR


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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chasz Wright in the 3rd round?

I'm not agreeing or disagreeing, I just haven't seen his name mentioned anywhere in connection with the draft yet, so I'm curious what you saw in him.

He was a bit of a surprise for Penn State last year. He was kind of left for dead at guard, but due to injuries they threw him in there at RT and he did really well. Huge guy, pushing 350, but carries the weight very well.
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smokeybandit wrote:
Chasz Wright in the 3rd round?

I'm not agreeing or disagreeing, I just haven't seen his name mentioned anywhere in connection with the draft yet, so I'm curious what you saw in him.

He was a bit of a surprise for Penn State last year. He was kind of left for dead at guard, but due to injuries they threw him in there at RT and he did really well. Huge guy, pushing 350, but carries the weight very well.
It is a projection pick, I think he has the potential to be drafted and be a solid prospect if he plays up to that potential.

Like you said carries his weight well, is absolutely massive man and can just maul people. Big kids who are that athletic are not easy to find. Will see how he plays this year, most likely he will not come out early but will see, talent wise I think at this point he maybe could if he continues to improve. But size alone makes one pay attention to him.

Too bad Connor McGovern cannot come out early, he is a 1st round talented and is the most talented out of all the Penn State OL. Really liked what he did last year.
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McGovern will play center this year.
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OG Quenton Nelson
DT Daylon Mack
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freak_of_nature wrote:
OG Quenton Nelson
DT Daylon Mack
I thought Mack disappointed a lot last season. Had some flashes but really lacked consistency and right now I do not have him as a guy who might come out early based on pure talent alone. Sure has ability, but so do a lot of other DTs who have been way more productive as players.

Nelson I admit I need to see more of, have not watched much of him.



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McGovern will play center this year.
Got to like the versatility that adds but kind of disappointed in the switch, I liked him as a mauler guard especially alongside Wright.
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Some players with a lot to prove this up coming season I feel based on production or coming off a major injury. Also included are some prospects with a lot of talent and have been waiting in the wings for their chance.





*Peter Kalambayi Stanford OLB RS SR:

Really like how he can set the edge as a 3/4 OLB, if he can just flash a little more as a pass rusher he could become a very interesting prospect. With his ability to hold the point of attack could possibly be a 4/3 DE but ideally he would be a 3/4 OLB. Has been a solid player for awhile but never really took it to that next level as of yet and last year was a down year for him. Needs to come back to form as a pass rusher and he could become a 2nd or at best a 1st round pick.



*Jackson Dillon Memphis OLB SR:

Missed all of last season with an injury, is a little bit of a long short but has great size and length at linebacker. Has to get stronger and prove he can consistently get after the passer and become a potential 3/4 OLB. Again is a long shot but hopefully he can put it all together as a senior.



*Robert Foster Alabama WR SR:

This is the time for him, has really showed flashes of speed and great production in a few spring games, never done it really during the season however. Diggs is moved over to corner and should be a star, will see if he stays there, Stewart and Howard are gone as targets. Only other proven target is Ridley so Foster has to show up as the 2nd and at worst 3rd WR on the roster. Same can really be said for his teammate Cam Sims as well having to prove what he can do. Foster is a smooth athlete with very good speed, just has to stay healthy and show what he can do.



*Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma LB SR:
Very impressive pass rushing linebacker, quick and has some power to his game despite not being a huge guy. Not a great history of those small athletic outside backers for OU, Striker for one. Sure Striker dominated at times in college but at that small size never was able to bring that to the next level. Okoronkwo is bigger than he was and is more of a thick solid athlete. Potentially could be a nice 4/3 OLB and with his pass rush skills it makes him a very interesting 3/4 OLB. Will see how he does this year, with good play he could be a 2nd or 3rd round pick but will see.



*Corbin Kaufusi BYU RS JR:
Really curious to see how he plays this season. Was a fan of his brothers when he played a little while ago and last year Corbin got a taste of the action. I expect him to be much better this season and with that massive length be a game changer as a potential 3/4 OLB or DE. Very interesting prospect for sure and possible round 2 or 3 guy if he plays up to his potential this season.



*Charles Nelson Oregon CB/WR SR:
Very disappointed in his play last year, really wish he stayed on defense and did not move over to the offensive side of the ball. Kid is a possible ball hawk corner with very good speed and coverage ability. Skills in the return game and overall is a fine athlete. Hopefully they let him go both ways this year because at best I think he would be a corner ideally at the next level not a wide receiver.



*Oren Burks Vandy LB SR:
Made the move to linebacker last year from more of a safety before. Be interesting how he does, athletic player and if he commits to the position could have a similar impact potentially that Zach Cunningham did last year. Needs to show he has range and speed at linebacker along with being able to be physical at the point of attack. If he does that he could really improve his draft stock.



*Lowell Lotulelei Utah DT SR:
Has a big name to live up to with his older brother, has been kind of a disappointment however because of that. Expected more of an impact this past season from him. Will see what he does this year as a senior, has 1st round potential just is a matter of does he play that way or not.



*KJ Malone LSU OG SR:
Showed some small flashes last year in the run game that were impressive. Still not totally sure if he is completely committed to football, almost left to become a US Marshal so will see what happens. Love his athletic bloodline with his father, and is a solid player potentially at guard I think. Will see how he plays as a senior with a very talented offense coming back and a new coordinator.



*Ryan Burns Stanford RS SR:
Big tall pocket passer, looked good early last year at times. Have to love his size for the position but really has to take some big steps this year to make more of an impact. Needs to quicken up his release as well as his decision making overall.



*James Hearns Louisville DE RS SR:
Very interested to see how he does this year, athletic pass rusher that can get after it and is a solid 3/4 OLB prospect. Will have less talent around him and have to carry more of the load this year, will see how he does with that. Needs to work on his strength at the point of attack and holding the edge however. Needs to make more of an impact outside of just getting to the QB, if he does he could greatly increase his stock.



*Iman Marshall USC JR CB:
Very skilled corner and will see how he does this year as the man back there. Arguably if he plays up to his potential could be one of the top corners in the up coming draft. Very solid man cover corner with good technique. Needs to make more of a splash and be more consistent however, has the talent just has to live up to it.



*Ethan Wolf Tennessee TE SR:
Has the size one is looking for but has never really become a dominating TE and has not put up the numbers he probably should. I like that he does have the ability to block some what but he does have to show he can improve as a pass catcher and make plays as well.



*Anfernee Jennings Alabama RS JR:
Will see how he does this year as a potential starter. Flashed a little last season and in the spring games, like his thickness and strength as a 3/4 OLB. Has good power and quickness combination. Needs to show he can be a sideline to sideline player consistently especially in terms of open field tackles. Will see how he does this season after long waiting his turn.



*Tyrone Wheatley Michigan TE RS JR:
Has done very little on Michigan and is at a big risk of being out played at TE or HB by Asiasi, Hill,Gentry or Bunting if not another up and coming TE on Michigan. Big thick kid but has to start making an impact as a pass catcher and being more productive, physically he is extremely impressive but at this point they are just numbers till he puts some good tape up in a game.



*Kyle Allen Houston QB JR:
Kid has star arm talent, not sure why he went to Houston however but he did. Will see how he does this year, should put up massive numbers but that did not exactly help Greg Ward out any. Showed real big time ability on A&M a few times but did not stay consistent. If he can stay consistent throughout the year talent wise he is a 2nd or 3rd round talent for sure.



*Cody Poock Minnesota LB RS SR:
Had a disappointing season last year after a great sophomore season, was injured a lot as a junior on and off. Is a good solid tackler and has good instincts for the position just has to round back into form. Be curious how he does after a major defensive change with a different coaching staff.



*Ja'Whaun Bentley Purdue LB SR:
Was very productive as a young player, really active as a linebacker with a good strong build. This past year looked all out of shape and over weight not to mention getting injured as well. Needs to be better conditioned and become that impact tackling linebacker he was early in his career.



*Christian Miller Alabama RS JR:
Like his pass rush potential as a 3/4 OLB, long and lean able to bend the edge. Like his teammate Jennings has waiting his turn for some time now. Will see how he does as a starter. Is athletic enough to be a factor rushing the passer as well as being active in the run game. Will have to produce because they lost a ton off that defense from last season.



*Austin Proehl UNC WR SR:
Is poised for a big season at UNC, productive pass catcher with a fine bloodline. Good solid route runner and has very good hands of course. Should have a real breakout season in terms of production, they lost a ton of pass catching talent off that roster yet still have a productive system in place. Could develop into a late round prospect possibly with a big year.



*Aaron Cochran Ok State OT SR:
The guy is a mountain of a man, be very interesting how he does as a grad transfer at Oklahoma State. Needs to show up as a pass protector and be able to consistently handle speed rushers. Has had injury issues as well that he needs to get past, also should show more power in the run game at his size.



*Nate Andrews Florida State S/LB SR:
As a linebacker or a safety he needs to show up and stay healthy this up coming season. Good tackler but needs to be on the field and show what he can do, especially in pass coverage which is still a huge question mark. Will be a risk of being another Tony Conner, flashing a lot as a freshman then playing more of a hybrid linebacker role and never really improving off that early success.



*Kendall Sheffield Ohio State CB SOPH:
Should compete for a starting job there for sure, very talented corner with a ton of ability. Surprised he left Alabama but is going to a good program of course that coaches defensive backs well. Very smooth athlete and would be surprised if he does not impress this season.



*Torrance Gibson Cincinnati QB/WR SOPH:
Curious how he will do, thought he would going to be a star WR on Ohio State last season but then the suspension. Big time tall athlete, a little disappointed he is apparently going to be playing QB at Cincinnati but still will be interesting how he runs the ball from that position. Still would be surprised to see him as a QB prospect for the NFL but will see, most likely position switch back to WR.



*Durham Smythe Notre Dame TE SR:
Flashed last year for Notre Dame in a few games, still has a long ways to go. Not super productive but is a good solid athlete and potentially could be a decent late round prospect at TE if he continues to improve. Showed up as a blocker as well which increases his stock if he continues to improve on that part of his game.
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3rd round might be a little generous for Luke Falk. Watched some of his tape and I'm not sure what people see in him.
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IDOG_det wrote:
3rd round might be a little generous for Luke Falk. Watched some of his tape and I'm not sure what people see in him.

Mind you I have 9 QBs ahead of him at the moment. Yeah I am not a huge fan of his, but seems quite cerebral and could be a decent game manager and has good accuracy. Not sure he can take a hit though and be in a true pro style offense. But with what happened with this past draft QBs go plenty early regardless. Trubisky goes #2 overall when he should have went late 1st or early 2nd. Kizer gets drafted in the 2nd round after having a poor year leading Notre Dame to their worst season in 10 years.

And Brad Kaaya a player who has proven to be able to actual do things in college he will be asked to do in the NFL in terms of being under center and running a more pro system falls to the 6th.


Not to mention Patrick Mahomes...


There will be a reckoning with that Leach tree including Kingsbury and Dykes. See if one of those guys can stick and beat out the lone performer from that entire groups history in Case Keenum a career backup. Mahomes, Webb this year and Goff last year the main ones to see what happens.

Odd day for the NFL, and with college almost cannot find a QB that does not run a up tempo spread offense that has some zone read in it. Guys like Mahomes, who is very similar to Manziel with how he plays on the field, gets picked that high. Be interesting, I remember people saying the same things about Manziel, how he can create so effortlessly and make such amazing throws down field on the move. Only thing is Mahomes is taller and heavier and probably not a craving attention party guy, but not quite sure on that yet...



Seems the NFL draft this past year in a way seemed like the NBA draft with players who only had one real proven year on the field going in the 1st round with Trubisky, Lattimore, Hooker, Bolles, Watt and Ramczyk. Some deserving but still interesting turn to more talent and future based picks early instead of proven players over just one year at a high level. Mind you the 2nd and 3rd round I thought were filled with players who were 1st round talents for sure. So the depth was really strong, not sure this next year will have that but arguably has more star power specific positions of QB, OT, DT and S.
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Ozzy wrote:

*Tyrone Wheatley Michigan TE RS JR:
Has done very little on Michigan and is at a big risk of being out played at TE or HB by Asiasi, Hill,Gentry or Bunting if not another up and coming TE on Michigan. Big thick kid but has to start making an impact as a pass catcher and being more productive, physically he is extremely impressive but at this point they are just numbers till he puts some good tape up in a game.



Asiasi transferred, and Wheat was mainly used as a blocking TE, and is pretty good at it, though inconsistent. He'll be one of the top 2 TEs because none of the other ones can basically block like a small tackle if everything goes right. Was only a RS FR too. He's far off from the NFL at this point, though some seem to be giving him hype because he plays TE in a Harbaugh offense.
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Ozzy wrote:
IDOG_det wrote:
3rd round might be a little generous for Luke Falk. Watched some of his tape and I'm not sure what people see in him.

Mind you I have 9 QBs ahead of him at the moment. Yeah I am not a huge fan of his, but seems quite cerebral and could be a decent game manager and has good accuracy. Not sure he can take a hit though and be in a true pro style offense. But with what happened with this past draft QBs go plenty early regardless. Trubisky goes #2 overall when he should have went late 1st or early 2nd. Kizer gets drafted in the 2nd round after having a poor year leading Notre Dame to their worst season in 10 years.

And Brad Kaaya a player who has proven to be able to actual do things in college he will be asked to do in the NFL in terms of being under center and running a more pro system falls to the 6th.
All fair points.
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JammerHammer21 wrote:
Ozzy wrote:

*Tyrone Wheatley Michigan TE RS JR:
Has done very little on Michigan and is at a big risk of being out played at TE or HB by Asiasi, Hill,Gentry or Bunting if not another up and coming TE on Michigan. Big thick kid but has to start making an impact as a pass catcher and being more productive, physically he is extremely impressive but at this point they are just numbers till he puts some good tape up in a game.



Asiasi transferred, and Wheat was mainly used as a blocking TE, and is pretty good at it, though inconsistent. He'll be one of the top 2 TEs because none of the other ones can basically block like a small tackle if everything goes right. Was only a RS FR too. He's far off from the NFL at this point, though some seem to be giving him hype because he plays TE in a Harbaugh offense.
I doubt anyone will have to worry about him for the 2018 draft anyway. Unless he absolutely goes off he should be staying in school for another two years.
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Asiasi transferred, and Wheat was mainly used as a blocking TE, and is pretty good at it, though inconsistent. He'll be one of the top 2 TEs because none of the other ones can basically block like a small tackle if everything goes right. Was only a RS FR too. He's far off from the NFL at this point, though some seem to be giving him hype because he plays TE in a Harbaugh offense.
Really, I looked up and see he is going to UCLA. Big loss for Michigan that kid was a mountain and had a lot of talent I thought. So I assume now Gentry or Bunting might be the man as the pass catching TE, will see. Still would like to see Wheatley show more as a pass catcher, could standout in a new TE group, and of course he is getting hype at that massive size and being Tyrone Wheatley's kid of course. Wonder if he struggles to see the field if he will stick around at Michigan with his dad now gone to the NFL to coach.


It is nuts how much talent they lost last year though. What 11 players actually drafted and 5 more as UDFA. Starting two DEs, starting two linebackers, starting three corners, starting two safeties along with some other backup defensive linemen, and that is just defensively. Be interesting to see how well they actually recruit now, see who fills all those spots. Curious how well Grant Newsome and Juwann Bushell-Beatty play at OT, I think they have talent especially Newsome if he can stay healthy.




By the way, why has Ben Braden not been signed as a UDFA? I have not seen it anywhere, was there something wrong medically with the kid? I thought he was a decent player on the field as a guard potentially.
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Asiasi transferred, and Wheat was mainly used as a blocking TE, and is pretty good at it, though inconsistent. He'll be one of the top 2 TEs because none of the other ones can basically block like a small tackle if everything goes right. Was only a RS FR too. He's far off from the NFL at this point, though some seem to be giving him hype because he plays TE in a Harbaugh offense.
Really, I looked up and see he is going to UCLA. Big loss for Michigan that kid was a mountain and had a lot of talent I thought. So I assume now Gentry or Bunting might be the man as the pass catching TE, will see. Still would like to see Wheatley show more as a pass catcher, could standout in a new TE group, and of course he is getting hype at that massive size and being Tyrone Wheatley's kid of course. Wonder if he struggles to see the field if he will stick around at Michigan with his dad now gone to the NFL to coach.
Bunting and Wheatley are pretty much the top two TE's at this point. Gentry is basically built like a large WR, as he gets a little bigger he should get more looks at TE. He had a nice catch in the spring game. Nick Eubanks might also crack into the rotation at TE. He basically had the size of a WR last year but apparently he's weighing around 250 now (at 6'5"). I loved him as a recruit so I'm hopeful about him.

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It is nuts how much talent they lost last year though. What 11 players actually drafted and 5 more as UDFA. Starting two DEs, starting two linebackers, starting three corners, starting two safeties along with some other backup defensive linemen, and that is just defensively. Be interesting to see how well they actually recruit now, see who fills all those spots. Curious how well Grant Newsome and Juwann Bushell-Beatty play at OT, I think they have talent especially Newsome if he can stay healthy.
11 drafted and I think 8 signed after the draft. A lot of talent going out the door but luckily they have recruited well so there aren't any real glaring weakspots. At this point it would be a miracle if Newsome plays at all this season. The hope is that he will be ready for 2018. He's a hell of a player and a hell of a person, it would be a shame if that injury ends his career.

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By the way, why has Ben Braden not been signed as a UDFA? I have not seen it anywhere, was there something wrong medically with the kid? I thought he was a decent player on the field as a guard potentially.
He got a tryout with the Jets and signed with them after the tryout (39 were at the tryout and only 2 got offered contracts). He should've been drafted, doesn't surprise me that he did well in the tryout.
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