I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
This is my first thread so if I make a mistake, I'm sorry, I'll banish myself.
Yesterday I had the honor to meet and talk to Jordan Kovacs, Kevin Koger and Elliot Mealer at a Toledo Walleye hockey game. All of them were very nice and very willing to take pictures with myself and my girlfriend as well as sign things for us and make time to have down to earth conversations with us. It was a very small group or people (probably 12-15 people) that got to sit down and eat with them which surprised me, as I thought there would be many more. Anyways, just thought I'd share the information with you guys and a few pictures taken with the guys.
I apologized to Mealer for being the only one unable to stand with his arm around a girl.
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EDIT: Links should work. Best I can do, sorry.
Draft Day! Woo-hoo! Time to make your predictions for where our beloved recently departed Wolverine heroes will be selected (round and team). Very unlikely any of our guys get selected in the first round tonight, but I figured might as well get the thread up now.
Here are my best guesses:
I will be shocked if Hulk Smash lasts beyond the 3rd round -- there must be at least a handful of teams who've fallen in love with his motor and measurables (and a Greg Mattison thumbs-up) and who will be willing to spend a third-rounder on him. A lot of mocks have him going to the Bears at #79, which sounds plausible. I could also see Cincinnati taking him at 83 -- he'd be a good fit in Mike Zimmer's 4-3. Saints at #89 is also a possibility. Denver at 87 or 108 (mid-4th round) could also use a 4-3 DT.
Someone's going to get a steal with Molk, because he'll drop due to his size -- he'll only fit a zone-based running scheme, and he's not big enough to backup at guard in a pinch.
Tennessee runs a zone-blocking scheme and needs a center -- Molk's a good fit for them at #155 in the 5th round. Green Bay is also a great fit at #163 -- they signed Jeff Saturday to replace Scott Wells, but Saturday's 36 and he could groom Molk as his eventual replacement. The Colts could also pick him up at the end of the round (#170) to replace Saturday.
His combine performance probably boosted him from a fringe late-round pick or UDFA into a mid-rounder. Still, this is a deep draft at WR, so I think Junior goes in the 5th at best, more likely the 6th -- New Orleans at #179 or Carolina at #180.
Ryan Van Bergen
RVB's probably a borderline 7th round/UDFA-type, but I can see a 3-4 team looking for depth at the 5-tech DE spot taking a flyer on him late in the 7th round -- perhaps Pittsburgh, which has a ton of picks at the end of that round. San Diego's also a possibility there at #250, or Arizona at #221.
I would've had Kevin Koger as a late (6-7th round) pick before the Achilles surgery.
Undrafted free agents who will at least get a shot at a camp:
All right, have at it everyone.
The Toledo Blade's new Michigan beat writer Rachel Lenzi reports the unfortunate news.
Former Whitmer and Michigan football standout Kevin Koger underwent surgery to repair a partially torn left Achilles tendon, Koger's agent said today.
Rick Smith of Priority Sports and Entertainment in Chicago, said Koger, who will graduate from Michigan on Saturday with a degree in sport management, underwent surgery on March 27, five days after suffering the injury during training.
Smith would not comment on Koger's future in the NFL, other than to say, "He will be fine, and he will play in the NFL."
That's some seriously unfortunate news for Koger. Here's hoping his recovery goes smoothly.
Wanted to be clear, I don't know anything. Wondering how Martin, Koger, and Molk did.
Just a reminder that Michigan's Pro Day is this Thursday at Schembechler Hall [no media or public access]. Kyle Meinke takes the Kevin Koger angle in this A2.com article exploring the tight end's added motivation born of his combine snub. Koger's self-reported Barwis Methods training session results: same weight, more explosive, better sprinting technique.
The QB for the session will be Bruce Gradkowski.
Koger and the rest of the tight ends and receivers will catch passes from former Toledo quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who played last year for the Cincinnati Bengals. Gradkowski is represented by Priority Sports, the same agency that represents Koger, Martin and Molk. Gradkowski had a throwing session last week with Koger in Toledo, and they met up again this week to fine tune their timing.
I'm sure it can't hurt to have an NFL veteran throwing to Michigan's pass catchers.
[Cue Browns and Bengals fans' snark about Gradkowski's skills.... now.]
Here's the full list of Wolverines participating in Thursday's Pro Day. Best of luck to them all.
CB Tony Anderson
LB Marrell Evans
WR Kelvin Grady
WR Junior Hemingway
LB Brandon Herron
OL Mark Huyge
TE Kevin Koger
DT Mike Martin
C David Molk
WR Martavious Odoms
LS Tom Pomarico
TB Michael Shaw
DL Ryan Van Bergen
TE Steve Watson
CB Troy Woolfolk
According to Mike Barwis, the following Michigan seniors will conduct their pre-NFL draft training at Barwis Methods in Plymouth:
David Molk, Mike Martin, Kevin Koger, Ryan Van Bergen, and Steve Watson
This exchange occurred after I modified a tweet by Kyle Bogenschutz of GoBlueWolverine.com.
MGoShoe MT KyleBogie Dave Molk plans to train with Mike Barwis at @barwismethods in Plymouth when he begins preparation for the NFL combine/draftBarwisMethods MGoShoe KyleBogie He is a great young man. We will train Molk, Martin, Koger, VanBergan, and Watson. Great guys, nice to work with my boys
No doubt they will all be as prepared as possible for the combine and/or the Michigan scout day.