ESPN's take on Uncommited Football Prospects (Paywalled article)

ESPN's take on Uncommited Football Prospects (Paywalled article)

Submitted by tigers17fan on April 30th, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Espn recently put out a list of uncommited prospects in the top 150 and where they think they will go. Those predicted to Michigan?

2. Jabrill Peppers (CB)

4. Hand (DE)

55. Alex Bars (OT)

69. McDowell (DT)

75. Corey Holmes (WR)

85. Artavis Scott (WR)

87. Parrker Westphal (CB)

100. Kyron Watson (OLB)


Note* I'm not sure the feeling about paywalled articles on this site. Here is the link if wanted.

Mods, feel free to delete if this isn't acceptable use of the board.

Way too early 2014 NFL Draft Board

Way too early 2014 NFL Draft Board

Submitted by Butterfield on April 30th, 2013 at 11:33 AM

The value of this is probably nothing other than as a "conversation piece" as I doubt Eric  Fisher was showing up on these lists a year ago, but nonetheless, it gives us something to talk about in regards to who draft experts view as the top CFB guys this upcoming season.  It does take into account underclassmen declaring early so at least it's better than a list of only seniors.  Some highlights:

  • Clowney at #1 - because...yeah. 
  • Taylor Lewan at #4 - scout says he has all the physical traits, needs to improve technique.  Can't disagree with that assessment. 
  • Bradley Roby (OSU) at #8 - sounds about right where the Lions may be picking and a likely a position of need unless Slay gets the job done.
  • Ryan Shazier at #21 - 3 B1G prospects in the top 21.  Considering the conference only had one 1st rounder this year, I suppose this means good things for the reputation of the B1G. 
  • AJ Mccarron at #33 - Ken Dorsey, anyone?  I see a winner and a solid intangible guy, but an NFL QB?  No. 
  • Ka'deem Carey at #44 - I live out here in AZ now and this guy was electric in RR's zone read.  How his skills will translate to the NFL are a bit of a question, ala Steve Slaton. 

[Older human interest piece on Jabrill Peppers]

[Older human interest piece on Jabrill Peppers]

Submitted by Michigan Eaglet on April 29th, 2013 at 10:18 PM

I don't think I've seen this before on here, but given the commitment today and the possible future commtiment by Jabrill Peppers, I thought this was a good article to share. As some of you are aware, Jabrill's father is in jail and wasn't really there for him during his childhood and this article details the impact that had on him. The story is from last October, but it is still a great read. He is the kind of player you can't help rooting for, even if he doesn't end up coming to Michigan. Also, the article states that his father will be out on parole this this June, so the fact that he might make his decision around that time might have something to do with that fact.

Mod edit: Title changed, it's descriptive now so hopefully people can either read the thread/story or move on. JGB.

OT: Tebow released by the Jets [Locked]

OT: Tebow released by the Jets [Locked]

Submitted by Leaders And Best on April 29th, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Commence ESPN Tebow Mania with round the clock coverage.

Mod edit: Locked the thread because the discussion went way off course. Partially my fault for not being here in real time, but there's no reason a discussion about a football player on a sports site needs to turn into a discussion of his personal life when it's something against the sites rules. JGB.

Brian Bennett's (of ESPN) take on Big Ten "realignment":

Brian Bennett's (of ESPN) take on Big Ten "realignment":

Submitted by taistreetsmyhero on April 28th, 2013 at 11:41 PM


I know we've had at more than 0 posts on our conference shufflings, but I thought this article gives a very insightful summary of its impacts. Plus it also makes for a good discussion jump off.

Do you generally agree with his winners and losers? Have a pick of your own?

OT: Elijah Hood to Notre Dame

OT: Elijah Hood to Notre Dame

Submitted by Balrog_of_Morgoth on April 28th, 2013 at 7:14 PM

The 4/5* running back out of North Carolina has (unfortunately) committed to The Irish. We were the favorite for roughly a day (right after he visited back in February) and he was considered by many (e.g. 7 out of 8 on 247's crystal ball) to be a North Carolina lean.


Officially committing to The University of Notre Dame! #GoIrish #ND #BlueAndGold

— Elijah Hood (@EHood34) April 28, 2013

2013 NFL Draft Recap: B1G Team Comparisons

2013 NFL Draft Recap: B1G Team Comparisons

Submitted by UMgradMSUdad on April 28th, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I thought it would be interesting to see how the B1G teams fared against each other with number of players drafted and what rounds they went in.  Overall,  it was not a good year for the B1G with only 22 players selected and just one making into the first round. I created a table that shows the number of players drafted from each team, then assigned points based on the round drafted to come up with a point total for each B1G team. I used the following numbers: first rounders were given  7 points, second rounders 6 points, and so on.  Obviously the point totals are open to debate.  Is a first rounder really worth the same as as 7 seventh rounders?  Who's to know?  Anyway, with this metric I devised, Michigan ended up with a total of 5 points based on Denard's fifth round selection (3 points) and Will's sixth round selection (2 points).  Obviously, had Taylor Lewan entered the draft, Michigan's score would have been much higher.  As Lewan would have almost surely gone in the first round, that would have made Michigan's point total 12, good enough for fourth place, just ahead of Ohio. 

I went ahead and threw in Rutgers and Maryland at the end of the chart just out of curiosity.  If Rutgers were in the B1G this year, they would have topped the conference both with number of players drafted as well as point total. 

2013 NFL Draft: B1G Edition


Team No. Taken     Points
1. Wisc 3 16
2. MSU 3 14
3. Illini 4 13
4. OSU 3 11
5. PSU 3 10
6. Purdue 1 6
7. UM 2 5
t8. Neb 2 3
t8. Iowa 1 3
IU 0 0
Minn 0 0
NW 0 0
RU 7 18
MD 1 1

Edit: Corrected based on FlintB16's post