It's official I am Carolina Panther!!
— Craig Roh (@CraigRoh88) April 27, 2013
Michigan Undrafted Free Agent List
Roh following in RVB's footsteps, I suppose.
They cut RVB before the season. Kept hoping someone else would pick him up. But best of luck to Roh.
Got any news on what RVB is up to theses days? Did he catch on anywhere in the NFL? I thought he might end up as a coach down the line. I know M doesn't need a Dline coach, but would like to see him succeed somewhere.
Van Bergen has moved on to his life after football, he lives and works in Chicago.
I was just going to make a thread for this. At least I checked unlike others lately *coughcough*
Who's *coughcough*? I've never seen anyone with that username.
Way to go, Roh!
Mealer to the saints per his agent
Mealer to the Saints
Wish them all the best. Hopefully they'll surprise people and make the team.
Nice work centralizing this info. Seriously. Hopefully we hear good news on Kovacs soon.
Kovacs to dolphins I hear
Jaguars and Dolphins are now my favorite AFC teams. I'm REALLY hoping that Kovacs makes the Dolphins 53 man roster...there are few guys that deserve a chance more than he does.
Patrick Omameh to the 49ers
So the only prospect left is Demens?
to the Houston Texans
All of these players have weathered changes in Ann Arbor and stuck together all the while. It is great to see these players get their shot at the next level - I wish them nothing but success.
For Kovacs, it would be a great story to see him basically live the NFL equivalent of his Michigan story. He refuses to be overlooked and works as hard as anyone.
To the Dolphins
Man I hope Kovacs makes the Dolphins as my favorite NFL team I need to replace my Jake Long Dolphins jersey.
I need to replace my Henne jersey :/
Demens to Detroit would be nice. Honestly didnt expect that many to get try outs. By no means am I knocking them, but RR and EM especially. Very happy that they ARE in the NFL now.
Any news on him???
Wasn't he considering coming out early last spring?
Nobody expected him to leave.
He asked the NFL for an evaluation, but then decided to come back. We never heard what the evaluation said (as far as I know), but I imagine it ranked him as an UFA or a really low pick.
It's great to see Mr. Kovacs get picked up. It's a story of hard work, determination, and intelligence. I was just as guilty as some who always were quick to criticize his speed during the RR era. But he's just a quality football player who I really want to see succeed.
Did Vince Smith sign anywhere?
Can a mod bump this up to a diary? Seems like the kind of info we'd like to keep around.
Ricky Barnum to the Redskins.
Hawthorne to St. Louis. Need all the help they can get.
STL Rams it is!!!!
Seeing Kovacs and Roundtree getting some love on the next level is just the best.
Go get yours, guys!
sam mcguffie to the raiders
Sam McGuffie hooks up the the Oakland Raiders. I wish him the best, I know his stay in Ann Arbor was very short but (correct me if wrong) he left to be closer to home, as a family member had health problems. He sure came in to Michigan with a ton of hype, didn't he though, with those sensational recruiting/highlight videos of him !
(edit: BOOM! Scooped!)
to all of those michigan men... may they all soon say they were part of the beginning of something special.
even if it's the Lions. As one of the 2008 recruits he endured some pretty dark days yet stayed the course.
Well he will at least get a look from the Texans
Nice to have an opportunity with one of the more competitive franchises at the moment.
Absolutely, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him in the league for a couple years, at least as a back-up.
It's a shame Kovacs didn't sign with the Lions. Yes, they are the Lions but on the other hand he would be starting by week 6.
My cat would be starting by week 6 too.
They need all the help they can get at this point. And drafting a kicker in the 5th round isn't exactly going to help matters.
Matt Millen just called and asked to see some film on your cat.
This is assuming that your cat plays WR.
Come on, be serious. Your cat wouldn't start for the Lions. Your cat is a pussy.
Neither one of my dogs can play for Millen they both been fixed. Where are their testicles!
I would assert that this thread, like many others before it, show how good these coaches really are. Meaning, we had a major, and I mean major talent deficiency the last two seasons and did an amazing job. Less-than-star-less teams and solid no name contributors won us 19 games.
I hope they all find success in the NFL and beyond. Go Blue!
Maybe I'm channeling my inner Herm, or perhaps I should follow the NFL draft more, but damn you, you infernal kids with your fancy acronyms! I missed out on a great thread for three hours because I had no idea what UDFA stood for.
Duly noted and changed.
Thanks! It's past the bed time for most of us old farts, but I'll bet it will get more looks tomorrow from acronym challenged people like me.
I had no idea what it meant either. I thought it was soccer related. Hence I just not opened this thread
Any idea what percent of UFA make rosters?
Generally very low. Most teams only have about as many roster spots open as they have draft picks, so UDFAs really have to be special to make the team, or they have to get lucky. If I had to guess, Kovacs is the only one here that has a serious shot at making the roster. The good news? They'll still often have the chance to make six figures on the practice squad.
I also wouldn't be surprised if Omameh makes a roster, and I think Roundtree could be a practice squad type of guy.
We had quite a few undrafted free agents signed. Is this a normal number for a Div 1 school or is this year an anomaly?
The vast majority of departing players from Michigan get signed as undrafted free agents if they don't get drafted. Perhaps there are more this year, but that might be the result of only two guys getting drafted. In recent years, guys like James Rogers and Obi Ezeh have been signed as UFAs, so...yeah.
I KNEW we'd pick up Demens! Very happy to see that and he'll have a legitimate shot at making the roster since we're so thin at ILB.
The NFL usually doesn't go for corners who run 4.8 forties...
I think that just goes to show why it's important for athletes to take the educational piece seriously. Besides, JT does have a Sugar Bowl ring, and thousands of people like me across the country who, should we happen to randomly encounter him anywhere, will happily buy him a beer with only the words "Illinois, 2011."
so that 4.8 forty WASN'T backpeddling?
I can't imagine Hawthorne is getting a shot while Floyd can't. I wonder if he has simply seen the writing on the wall and is moving on. I mean, I'd love to see all our guys do well, but someone like Barnum has just about zero chance of sticking. I don't think Floyd is a pro, but his odds of making it are no lower than those guys. Maybe he's just choosing to get started on the rest of his life.
Hawthorne is a better athlete for his position than Floyd. Hawthorne ran a 4.59 forty and did 27 reps on the bench press. Floyd ran a 4.79 and did just 5 reps on the bench press. To me that sounds like a guy who didn't really care about training. How can you play five years of college football, train for the draft, and then put up just 5 reps? Hell, the scrawny Roy Roundtree did 10 reps and weighs 12 lbs. less than Floyd. Add that to some questionable talent and 0 interceptions as a senior, and teams aren't going to be beating down the door for your services.
For all I know, Floyd will still sign somewhere as an UFA. You never know. But it's not that hard to fathom why a guy like Hawthorne - who could be a very good special teamer - would get a shot ahead of Floyd.
I wasnt aware of JT's pro day numbers. You can grab guys from Golds Gym that can run 4.8 and put up 5 reps of 225...
With Floyd's numbers, you'd think he MAY have a shot at playing FS considering his experience at Michigan, but if any scout did his/her homework that person would see th Floyd to FS experiment at Michigan that failed miserably. He can't tackle.
At the end of the day, Floyd was what he was. A decenly sized CB who was best in press coverage/zone coverage from 0-15 yards off the line of scrimmage.
He was never a great tackler, he was never great in man-to-man going down or across the field.
That doesn't get you much in the NFL. It certainly doesn't get you on special teams where you have to run fast and tackle if nothing else.
Then take Hawthorne, the ideal tweener. He likely won't play a meaningful down on defense in the NFL but he has the tools to be a special teams NIGHTMARE! And until Floyd, he's fast (for his size), plenty strong enough, and he can hit.
Cam Gordon will be in a similar, maybe slightly better position than Hawthorne in a couple of years.
...as for the others. I see Kovacs sticking (if he wants), I see Demens sticking (for awhile), and that's it. Maybe Omameh, because when he's "on" he's not bad at all. I just don't think he has that meanstreak.
Nonetheless, I thank all of them for the time they put in at MICHIGAN! They helped bring us back from the depths of hell and I'll never forget even one of them.
Does he even lift?
for the draft?
Are there league minimums?
However, it all depends on if they actually make the team or at least make the practice squad.
There are league minimums, and for this year that would be $405,000 for their rookie year, plus any signing bonus they can negotiate.
Edit: It does seem that practice squad players can be paid less than the minimum though.
After LMAO I showed this series of hilarious comments to a coworker, who is a lions fan and has never been on this blog, and he was not too amused. I guess us mgobloggers have a sense of humor all of our own. Anybody else have a similar thing happen?
It was reported that the Texans picked up Demens but I went through the list of UFA's here and he's not on it. Anyone know if/where he signed?
Listed as signing today. And the only other Wolverine name I see there so far is Elliott Mealer to the Saints, as posted above, in the Sunday signing list, with former Wolverine Sam McGuffie also on today's list signing with the Raiders.