further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
Devin Gardner is listed as playing at wide receiver on the East team roster (LINK) for the East-West Shrine Game.
Here's hoping he can show off some of that athleticism and get some NFL attention heading into the draft.
(H/T to this guy that Nick Baumgardner retweeted who was retweeting someone else - LINK.)
So it didn't come out very well on TV last night, and they also released the list of songs before hand, but drafted players got to pick their own walk-up song last night. I find this a much higher pressure situation than a baseball players' - you only get one, not a few hundred per year.
So, it's draft night. you're an expected top 10 pick. What do you choose? Do you go with Stone Cold Steve Austin's music? If you're Manziel do you do Free Fallin? Some of the music and/or humor aficianados on here should have some great ideas
So little time, so much to watch!
There's Michigan @ Nebraska Softball at 2 (EDT), followed by U of M @ IU Baseball at 4:30.
NFL Draft Coverage all day on ESPN and The NFL Network (Day 3 of the draft, I believe, starts at noon), Tigers vs. Braves at 1pm on FOX, and finally at 7pm, the Red Wings try to (finally) clinch a playoff spot @ Dallas on the final day of the NHL regular season.
Maybe the yardwork can wait (not!)...
3. Michigan: Denard Robinson, RB/WR (5104, 199 and 4.42), William Campbell, DT/OG (6047, 318 and 5.30 E) and Jordan Kovacs, SAF (5110, 202 and 4.61):
After showing dramatic improvement at the Combine, Denard showed NFL teams that he has continued working very hard at making the transition from quarterback to receiver. He not only went through receiver drills, but also was put through running back drills as many teams believe that while his long term future is as a slot receiver, the fastest way for him to get on the field as a rookie will be as a third down back. During the workout, Denard displayed the explosive, game breaking athleticism that has NFL teams excited. After looking like a quarterback trying to play receiver at the Senior Bowl and Combine, Denard looked like a receiver at the workout and showed the confidence catching the ball that he had not before. He not only caught every pass thrown his way during the workout, but did so with hands and did not allow the ball to get into his body where he had to battle the ball.
Many NFL scouts were shocked that defensive tackle Williams Campbell was not invited to the Combine after a strong senior season and an impressive week of practice at the East West Shrine Game. A massive man with outstanding natural strength, NFL personnel in attendance were shocked at how smooth and easily he moved in drills. He not only went through defensive line drills, but also offensive line drills as some teams feel he has great potential as a guard. After his pro day performance we expect Campbell to be drafted, but what position he will be asked to play in the NFL will be determined by the team that selects him.
Still not assured of being drafted, safety Jordan Kovacs’ good all-around workout made his odds better than 50% of being selected. Not only did Kovacs run significantly faster than expected, but he also vertical jumped 35 and broad jumped 10. He is still not viewed as a potential starter, but after his workout NFL personnel told us they think he could be an excellent backup who excels on special teams.
Link Here. Also discusses CMU's Fisher, a WR from GVSU, and MSU's three early entrees in another post (Bell and Sims looked really good, Gholston really bad).
FWIW: Russ Lande is a former scout for the Rams and Browns. Not really sure about what connections he still has or if he's any good at predicting these kinds of things, so take it for what it's worth.
Rivals went ahead and put together 2 articles showing how they ranked each player drafted through the first 3 rounds.
Here are the links:
2nd and 3rd Round: http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1360073
Breakdown of the 1st round by stars:
Breakdown of the 1st round by conference:
Among the conferences, the SEC again had the most first-round selections, with nine. Four of the top 10 picks were SEC players. Five Big 12 players were picked, followed by four from the Big Ten (all after pick 22) and Pac-12, three from the ACC, two each from the Big East, Mountain West and independent ranks and one from Conference USA.
Breakdown of 1st round by High School state:
In terms of high school ball, there were five former Texas prep stars selected. Second-most among the states was Tennessee with three; there were two players each from Alabama, California, Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma and Virginia, and one each from Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin.
According to Mel Kiper:
Mel Kiper on Denard Robinson's draft stock: "He's either the No. 2 or No.1 most highly rated WR option & he hasnt even played the position"
Don't really know how to take this, but interesting nonetheless.