Review of 2007 Recruiting: Cornerbacks

Review of 2007 Recruiting: Cornerbacks

Submitted by Magnus on July 18th, 2015 at 3:23 PM

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I looked back at the 2007 recruiting class and what cornerbacks Michigan targeted. Despite the disaster that was the cornerback position in 2010, when all of those 2007 kids should have been seniors, the Wolverines actually did pretty well when they got Donovan Warren, James Rogers, and Troy Woolfork Wilfork Wohlfohlrk Woolfolk.

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Donovan Warren Makes NFL Preseason Primetime

Donovan Warren Makes NFL Preseason Primetime

Submitted by Michigasling on August 18th, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Unexpectedly early Donovan Warren sightings in the Steelers-Eagles preseason game, sent in a few times with the Pittsburgh starters.  Camera time included an appreciative pat on the bum from Coach Tomlin as he ran to the sidelines, and he shared a sack of Michael Vick with James Harrison.  Pretty heady company for an undrafted rookie who didn't even get to play for the Jets in preseason last year due to early injury.  Pittsburgh ahead 24-0, and with their depth on defense it says something about their opinion of Donovan that he was already playing in the first quarter, and kept in for much of the play afterwards.  He's currently leading the defensive stats with less than 6 minutes to go in the game.  (Just heard he made another play, but I missed it for obvious reasons.)

In other alumni news, Lamarr Woodley gets his requisite big play, plus a sidelines interview about his salary.  He confesses that he gets teased because he's still a cheapskate.  Larry Foote made a beautiful interception with the second team. 

Warren/Jets Tonight

Warren/Jets Tonight

Submitted by SysMark on August 16th, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Jets play the Giants in their first preseason game tonight.  Will interesting to see how often DW sees the field and what he does.  Assuming he is on the fringe this may be his best shot to do something.   Darrelle Revis is still holding out so DW may get a few more snaps.  Also expecting he will get a shot on special teams which will likely determine whether he has a chance to stick.

D Warren being noticed

D Warren being noticed

Submitted by maineandblue on August 12th, 2010 at 3:00 PM

http://blog.newyorkjets.com/2010/08/11/everythings-starting-to-click-fo…

Nice to see him making plays and being noticed, even if it's practice [obligatory practice we're talkin' practice] and second team defense. As a Jets fan, I sure hope he makes the roster and helps out (especially if Revis continues his holdout).

Lots of people mention lack of elite speed and/or ankle injury prior to the combine to explain why he didn't get drafted. I think it had at least as much to do with the fact that we didn't have the luxury of showcasing his ability to play tight man defense because he had to help make up for weaknesses throughout our secondary. He did that fairly well, and I could see him helping the Jets as a nickel, dime, or safety type, and if we needed it as a primary cb.

Really wish he could help Michigan this year--and he would have been better able to showcase his skills with a now competent Woolfolk opposite him, resulting in much higher draft stock (obviously)--but as far as I'm concerned the Jets got a steal and I hope he continues to impress.

Do you remeber Michigan DB "DON WARREN"?

Do you remeber Michigan DB "DON WARREN"?

Submitted by Jedelman11 on May 2nd, 2010 at 12:59 AM

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/05/01/don-warren-points-a-fin…

Apparently former Michigan defensive back "Don Warren" was misled by the draft board. I'm guessing this is the same Don Warren that played at UM with other similarly shortened named players: Steve Brown, Don Minor, Tom McAvoy, and "Hot" Carl Brown

I know the whole "I guess this proves he shouldn't have left" thing is getting kinda played out, but I thought I would post because apparently they interviewed him in the article and STILL got his name wrong

Or maybe he's doing the Michael Vick --> Mike Vick thing. Either way...

EDIT:  Isn't "Don" usually short for "Donald". Do they think his name is "Donald Warren?"

OT: Official Undrafted Thread

OT: Official Undrafted Thread

Submitted by jvp123 on April 24th, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Donovan Warren officially goes undrafted, along with Ole Miss QB Jevon Snead and Oregon RB LeGarrette Blount. At least with Warren, he is originally from Cali and now resides in Michigan, so he may have a few teams who have at least seen some film of him; enough maybe to warrant a workout and/or FA contract. Tough way to go, though; especially with the need that Michigan has at that position this year.

Sportsline predicts Warren goes undrafted

Sportsline predicts Warren goes undrafted

Submitted by rb4kb8 on April 22nd, 2010 at 10:04 AM

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/story/13265351/five-bold-draft-predi…

"1. Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead, Syracuse wide receiver Mike Williams and Michigan defensive back Donovan Warren will not be drafted

Donovan Warren was a productive defensive back, but he is a prime candidate to be among the unlucky underclassmen not hearing his name called during the draft because of his stiff hips and lack of speed."

I think I mentioned this before, but could we really be seeing Ernest Shazor all over again?

I hope not.

Do Winged Helmets Improve Draft Stock?

Do Winged Helmets Improve Draft Stock?

Submitted by Seth on April 2nd, 2010 at 12:07 PM


Yesterday, Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson wrote a little throwaway column about players whose respective draft stocks have been going down.

Donovan Warren made No. 5, but there was a 'but' (emphasis mine):

"On the bright side, a lot of NFL coaches love players from Michigan, and many know that the school has historically produced guys who play better on a football field than they do whipping out raw workout numbers. Warren might get that break, but he still looks like a fourth-rounder."


This "analysis" should be repeated in earshot of every football recruit ever.

There's some truth to it, of course. There's a well-established line of players (Tom Brady, Cato June, Aaron Shea, Steve Breaston) who were drafted low but have performed well above their workouts said they would. Of course, these are all alumni of the Lloyd regime, which "workouts" might be the key word right there.

Also keep in mind that a lot of schools can claim a bunch of guys who were low draft picks and became big contributors on an NFL team, because it's sampling bias: the ones who didn't outperform their expectations are not in the NFL. But there is a pretty consistent, and thus remarkable, trend for Michigan players entering the NFL to meet or outperform their draft expectations (unless they're drafted by the Lions, which is a different problem).

I think the "Lloyd let them get out of shape before the draft, but they got in shape in the NFL" thing falls apart in the micro. Look over this list of former Wolverines in the NFL (did I forget anyone?), and ask yourself which, if any, of these guys were out of shape during their Michigan playing days, which hurt their draft stock, but then they blew up when they got in shape:

PLAYERTEAMPOSITION
Jamar AdamsSeattle SeahawksSafety
Adrian ArringtonNew Orleans SaintsWide Receiver
B.J. AskewTampa Bay BuccaneersFullback
Jason AvantPhiladelphia EaglesWide Receiver
David BaasSan Francisco 49ersGuard
Jeff BackusDetroit LionsOffensive Tackle
Tom BradyNew England PatriotsQuarterback
Alan BranchArizona CardinalsDefensive Tackle
Steve BreastonArizona CardinalsWide Receiver
Prescott BurgessBaltimore RavensLinebacker
Carson ButlerNew York GiantsTight End
Shawn CrableNew England PatriotsLinebacker
Doug DutchWashington RedskinsCornerback
Braylon EdwardsNew York JetsWide Receiver
Jay FeelyNew York JetsPlace kicker
Larry FootePittsburgh SteelersLinebacker
Jonathan GoodwinNew Orleans SaintsCenter
James HallSt. Louis RamsDefensive End
Leon HallCincinnati BengalsCornerback
David HarrisNew York JetsLinebacker
Mike HartIndianapolis ColtsRunning Back
Chad HenneMiami DolphinsQuarterback
Steve HutchinsonMinnesota VikingsGuard
Marlin JacksonPhiladelphia EaglesCornerback
Tim JamisonHouston TexansDefensive End
Jon JansenDetroit LionsOffensive Tackle
Dhani JonesCincinnati BengalsLinebacker
Cato JuneFree AgentLinebacker
Ty LawDenver BroncosCornerback
Jake LongMiami DolphinsOffensive Tackle
Roy ManningFree AgentLinebacker
Mario ManninghamNew York GiantsWide Receiver
Rueben RileyNew York GiantsOffensive Lineman
Adam StenavichHouston TexansGuard
Terrance TaylorDetroit LionsDefensive Tackle
Morgan TrentCincinnati BengalsCornerback
Gabe WatsonArizona CardinalsDefensive Tackle
LaMarr WoodleyPittsburgh SteelersLinebacker
Pierre WoodsNew England PatriotsLinebacker
Charles WoodsonGreen Bay PackersCornerback


I leave the analysis to you, good readers (if I did it myself, I woulda made it a diary).

Either way, let's say this again because Yahoo's draft beat writer said it so it must be true:

"A lot of NFL coaches love players from Michigan, and many know that the school has historically produced guys who play better on a football field than they do whipping out raw workout numbers." --Charles Robinson