Is Brandon Graham a first rounder? I think so.
I see Brandon Minor getting drafted on the first day if he stays healthy.
Are there any other seniors that you think will get drafted next year?
FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
Probably Mesko in the late rounds. And definitely Stevie Brown-probably the top ten.
If Stevie runs a fast enough 40 the Raiders may take him. I'm sure they will be picking in the top 10 again.
If Minor has a great year, then he could be 1st day pick. He might drop down because of durability issues.
It's too hard to forecast a draft a year from now because what drives a draft is usually the juniors. This year, most of the good juniors stayed in school, which is why next season's draft class should be incredible. Plus, with the possibility of a new NFL CBA with a rookie pay cap similar to the NBA's, you'll likely see a ton of juniors next season.
Having said that, Graham was considered a middle rounder at best this season because of his size. He'll probably be considered a 3-4 linebacker rather than a DE, which will limit his draft value. It's very possible he winds up like Woodley, a second rounder to a team that runs a 3-4 for which he can become an impact player.
Also agree with Minor. Best case scenario with Minor is that he has a stellar season and proves he can hold on to the ball, coupled with a good combine, and shoots up draft boards like Ronnie Brown. Other than these two, I don't see many pro prospects unless Donovan Warren leaves.
I'm curious to see where Graham will get drafted. At first I figured he's a Woodley-clone and therefore 2nd round to a 3-4 defense sounds right.
On further review though, I believe he is a bit bulkier and slower than Woodley. BG might actually be able to play DE in the NFL.
I love Brandon Minor, but I think his style won't translate well to the NFL (obviously I wish him the best of luck, though). He is such a physical runner, but I don't think he has the elusiveness to become a premier back in the NFL.
I believe that Graham is faster then Woodley. Take a look at the play last year when Ringer busted the lond run. Graham was staying with him most of the way.
I'll take your word for it (unless you have a video clip handy?). So do you think BG projects as a LB in the NFL?
go to about 1:50 in. I think hes got the size at around 6'2 273lbs to be a DE, but he would probably a better OLB in a 3-4 scheme. Either way he is most likely to be a 1st day pick
That clip is painful. How many times have we been burned by poor tackling at initial contract?
Love the play where Minor takes out a DE and Threet runs in for the TD.
Yeah it is REAL painful but I needed a clip to illustrate my point and its the first one that I clicked on.
is there a michigan video that Poole1Dan hasn't commented on?
Look at who the only comment on that video is from.
Minor is too slow!
Minor has got some good speed, but I dont think that he is the type of guy who runs a good 40. He is faster with a helmet and shoulder pads
Minor does have some good speed. He won't be a guy that runs a good 40 time however. He better bulk up more if he wants a legit chance. 215 is not a powerback in the NFL. He is already slow as far as 40 times go. He is powerful but still a bit small.
...40 speed, and whether said player is fast or not, it's McFarlin.
He strikes again!
What does Minor run? A 4.6 or something like that. He will have the same problem Hart had. But Minor is bigger so he may slip by.
The player I think could come out of nowhere and get drafted is C. Brown, we all know he has the speed, but if he can break some tackles and show some elusviness I could see him being a 2nd day pick.
If Mouton, Warren or Ezeh have a great year, they might come out early.
I think B. Graham will become a better DE at UofM than Woodley. He always showed up big in the big games, MSU in particular comes to mind, even though we lost, we all know it wasn't because of his effort.
Was just gonna say the same thing about Brown. He could be a guy who ends up having a better career as a pro than he did in college, provided that he reverses his trend of injuries. We really have no idea how good he would be if he could play for an entire season.
Minor is a good deal faster than Hart. He's made runs in his college career that Hart never could have.
See the Purdue TD last year as just one example.
If I had to guess, I'd say Minor probably runs a 4.55. Hart ran a 4.68.