"Safety Josh Furman reinstated to Michigan team -- per U-M"
Since the Athletic Department isn't mailing out renewal packets this year, I thought I would remind the MGo Community that the deadline for renewing football season tickets is May 4.
(I checked to see if there was any other thread on this and didn't find one. I await my beating if I missed one.)
The Lions draft of Chris Greenwood really has me perplexed. This guy went to Detroit King supposedly so it wasn't like he was at a school that would not get scouted. Was this guy on the recruiting radar when he came out? This guys measurables rank with Patrick Peterson and Deion Sanders if that 40 time is legit. 6' 2" corners that run 4.4 forty times get drafted in the 1st rd not play at Albion.
I couldn't find him on Rivals database. My guess is either he had a 7inch growth spurt or he quit football while at King. Seems like a crazy story in there somewhere but no one seems to have covered it yet.
I'm surprised the guy has not got more national and local respect. This guy seems to be where I am at. Obviously all the usual disclaimers apply(mock drafts are stupid, year ahead are really stupid, whose this guy on NFL .com, etc) but this is interesting.
1. *Taylor Lewan, Michigan, 6-8/302
2. *D.J. Fluker, Alabama, 6-6/335
3. *Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5/305
4. *Chris Faulk, LSU, 6-6/325
5. Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin, 6-6/322
Lewan may be this year's version of Kalil if he continues to get stronger. Fluker's a massive road grader who has better feet than expected. Matthews is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, but his strong play is what gets him on this list. Faulk and Wagner have the girth and just good enough footwork to play immediately as rookies, even if it's on the right side of the line instead of the left.
Roll Damn Tide-
I know you called it quits on offering your updates (much disapponitment to many mGo'ers) but I was wondering if you could shed any insight on the Poggi visit to Alabama this weekend. What are the rumblings or what is the fanbase talking about on post visit Monday. Thanks.
Last year around this time I posted a spreadsheet with information on UM and the NFL draft. You'll see an updated version here.
In 2011 I looked at three-year intervals; this year I extended them to four years. In the most recent ('09 to '12) four-year interval, UM had ten picks. That's the lowest number since '84 to '87 (also ten). Only the '83 to '86 run (eight picks) was worse in the modern era.
Taking a closer look at the high (rounds one to three) end, there were three such picks from '09 to '12. This has never happened in the modern era. In most four-year intervals there were at least twice that many.
Next to the first draftee for each year you'll see four columns: * Total number of picks for that year. * Total number of picks for that year and the three prior years. * Total number of "high" picks for that year. * Total number of "high" picks for that year and the three prior years.
Is it fair to use NFL draft results as a proxy for talent level? I believe so, at least to some degree. This would mean that the '08 team (whose players were draft-eligible from '09 to '12) is the least talented one we've had. Interestingly (to put it mildly) low draft numbers in the mid-'80s (when viewing overall picks) and the early '90s (high picks) didn't result in poor W-L records.
Anyway, I hope Hoke's recruiting success helps reestablish UMich as an NFL factory. It hasn't been one since around the time the '04 class was exiting.
* Since the draft is currently seven rounds, I ignored all picks past that round in old drafts.
* I did not account for expansion (Bucs and Seahawks in the mid-'70s, Panthers and Jags sometime after that), so the numbers from (say) the early '70s, which are already impressive, should be considered in that light. (Being drafted in the first round with fewer teams is a rarer achievement.)
* For obvious reasons, I didn't count Ryan Mallett (a "high" pick) and Toney Clemons (7th-rounder) in the recent years. Mr. Plow, btw, was not drafted by the NFL.