We think this is the last of this year's early NFL attrition, or at least the last of the expected type:
— David Long Jr. (@dljxxii) January 2, 2019
Long and returning battery mate Lavert Hill spent the last two years as the best corner pair in the country and the subject of nigh weekly Pro Football Focus tweets about the ludicrously low quarterback ratings of those who chose to throw the ball in their directions. Long fell behind due to his freshman injury and remained one of the least remarked stars in Michigan memory, but also edged out Hill in the tempo-free stats and charting. It will be hard to talk about one without the other next year, but getting either back is a grand coup.
As mentioned, Michigan does get back Lavert Hill as well as budding star Ambry Thomas and a very long line of super-tall guys they recruited in 2017 and 2018. As of now Vincent Gray and Myles Sims appear to have a slight lead on Ben St-Juste, Gemon Green, the incoming freshmen, and a safety or two who might move back outside.