Looks like Mario is enrolled and is going to start for the spring semester. Any ideas as to why this is beneficial for him? He can't get coaching until August correct?
It's a slow day, so here's another NFL Draft question: Do you take Andrew Luck or do you take Robert Griffin III if you have the choice? My choice is Luck but only for the admittedly boring reason that he's already shown what he can do in a pro-style offense. I'm leery of spread guys in the NFL, though Griffin looks great.
Another prediction: Both guys will have to learn to be more careful about when they scramble because of the superior size and speed of NFL defenses. Luck's upright running makes me think that he's going to get clocked a few times in his first year.
Steve Watson sets record at UM for positions played at 5 with TE, LB, DE, DT, and FB in that order, before finally switching back to TE.
Can appreciate the perserverance, especially when he's talked down to, as such:
"Coach Magee told me at the time, basically, that I had no chance of playing at Michigan at all, and that I basically sucked," Watson said. "He said, 'You can transfer, if you want to. I don’t think you’re ever going to play here.'"
I don't know if he'll be drafted, but I hope he makes a roster somewhere.
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 gravy train is finally about up for the bowls. The financial breakdown of how the football post-season has been working is laughable if it weren't so corrupt.
Personally, I could care less if any of them survive if this is how they vampire money from the schools. Rose included. A 16-team playoff would be way better and make way more money anyways.
On the eve of the NFL draft I thought I'd spark some discussion on the board by asking the following two questions:
- Which former Michigan player surprised you with how successful he was in the NFL?
- Which former Michigan player shocked you the most for failing to be successful in the NFL?
Here are my thoughts:
- I was always surprised at how long Chris Calloway played effectively in the NFL. He was undersized, had modest stats at Michigan, and always shared the spotlight with Greg McMurtry. Yet he played a long time with a fair amount of success for the Giants. (Much in the way that Jason Avant will play a long time.)
- The guy I am still amazed about his flame out is David Terrell. I know he wasn't known for his work ethic or fundamentals, but he was so amazing at Michigan and did absolutely nothing in the pros. Maybe he should have been the first evidence that Tom Brady was really good.
- I know it is early and there's still time for him to turn it around, but Chad Henne's lackluster career surprises me also. I do think that the lousy Dolphins played a part, but I thought he'd be solid.
- Other surprise disappointments that were mostly due to injury were Tripp Welbourne, Marquis Walker, and Brandon Graham (so far).