Bye week look at 2019 depth chart

Submitted by GoBlue C4 on October 27th, 2018 at 11:42 AM

I love this 2018 team and think they are in line to do some big things to finish this season, but during the bye week it's fun for me to look ahead a little.

Here's a really early look at a potential 2019 depth chart-

QB-

1. Patterson

2. McCaffrey 

3. Milton

RB-

1. Evans

2. Charbonnet 

3. Turner / Wilson

FB-

1. Mason

2. Vansumeren

WR1-

1. DPJ

2. Collins / Bell

WR2-

1. Black

2. Collins

Slot-

1. Martin

2. DPJ / Barrett

TE-

1. Gentry

2. McKeon 

3. Eubanks

LT-

1. Runyan OR Mayfield

LG-

1. Bredeson

2. Filiaga 

C-

1. Ruiz

2. Spanellis 

RG-

1. Onwenu

2. Filiaga

RT-

1. Stueber OR Mayfield 

2. Honigford 

Notes-

1. I'm expecting and hoping Patterson comes back for his Sr. Year, he's a projected mid round pick. I think Harbaugh can sell him on coming back with an awesome WR group, experienced OL group, the ability to put up some huge numbers. 3,500 yards and 30 TDs, and most importantly a National Championship.

2. 3 good OTs for 2 spots and a very good interior OL, in year 2 with Warinner should mean very good things for the OL.

3. The only possible weakness of this offense is not having a true #1 RB, but they should have a good, well balanced 3 headed monster with 5 guys to choose from.

Defense-

WDE-

1. Paye

2. Uche

DT-

1. Dwumfor / Kemp

NT-

1. Solomon

2. Jeter

SDE-

1. Hutchinson 

2. Hinton

MLB-

1. Ross

2. Anthony

WLB-

1. Gill

2. Ross

Viper/ SLB

1. Hudson

2. Uche / Glasgow 

CB1-

1. Hill

2. Sims

CB2-

1. Thomas

2. Green / Gray

FS-

1. Hill

2. JKP

SS-

1. Metellus 

2. Hawkins

Notes-

1. I think Gary, Bush, and Long leave early for the NFL. Hill and Hudson might have a chance too. Michigan really needs 1 of their 2 CBs to come back for their Sr. Year, Long is taller and bigger so I'm guessing he goes.

2. Defense is deep and loaded everywhere if Hill comes back. It might not have the big names like Charleton, Peppers, Lewis, Hurst, Winovich, Gary, and Bush but I think this defense will be just as good.

3. Uche gains 10 pounds and gets up to 248 and plays back up WDE and SLB. Each spot only gets 10-12 snaps a game and Michigan needs to find a way to get him on the field more.

P-

1. Hart

2. Robbins

K-

1. Nordin

2. Moody

KR-

Thomas

PR-

DPJ 

Notes-

1. Experienced and talented.

Team and schedule-

The 5 toughest games should be 

1. Osu

2. At psu 

3. ND

4. At Wisc 

5. Msu 

Once again a tough schedule but I like this team to go 12-0 with so much talent and experience. The key will be getting Patterson and Hill back. The O line and front 7 on defense will be so good and so big it will be tough for other teams to do much again this Michigan team. Go BLUE!

* Vilain, St. Juste, and Woods are missing from the depth chart. I hope Vilain and St. Juste can get healthy and help the depth, and I'm thinking Woods should switch to Viper and rs.

Comments

northernmich

October 27th, 2018 at 11:54 AM ^

No QB under harbaugh will throw for 3500 yards and 30+ scores, he wants to play tough D, run the ball and own time of possession. He will take 3-4 deep shots a game to soften up the safeties to be able to run the ball better. Explosive and harbaugh just don’t go together in my opinion.

SeattleWolverine

October 27th, 2018 at 12:18 PM ^

Not sure that data point truly supports your point. Andrew Luck was a #1 draft pick who completed 71% of his passes, topped 3500 yards by a mere 17 yards, and played 8 games in California, 2 in Arizona, one at Oregon State, and one at Duke in September. No way he gets to 3500 yards playing in B1G weather and against a B1G East schedule + Notre Dame + Wisconsin + Iowa defenses which is what Patterson will face next year. 

corymkurtz

October 27th, 2018 at 5:33 PM ^

Why is explosiveness only associated with the passing game? What is the difference between a 50 yard pass and a 50 yard run? I find it odd that you pick such arbitrary passing numbers to use as a benchmark. Do those numbers guarantee conference and national championships? Alabama won the national title last year and they averaged under 200 yards/game over 15 games. Does the offense still have room for improvement? Absolutely. But how total yards and yards per game are achieved shouldn’t matter. Furthermore, how often are these QB’s that are throwing for massive amounts of yards doing it against terrible defenses? And how often do these same QB’s not show up when it matters most? 

SeattleWolverine

October 27th, 2018 at 12:04 PM ^

It seems like the people who cover M football in the media have all been operating under the assumption Patterson is gone after this year since he arrived on campus. Have to figure that there is a good reason for that even if he looks more like a mid-round guy. 

Runyon seems likely to retain his job as a starter. 

We'll see about Charbonnet but I'd but Wilson ahead of Turner on any depth chart given the way current playing time has been doled out. 

Will Brad Robbins take his career in a different direction, given how Hart has seized that job?

The talent is there on defense but they'd be much less experienced. Losing a lot with Winovich, Gary, Bush, maybe Long, maybe Hill, Watson, Kinnel plus depth with Marshall, Mone, Furbush. Might need some time and seasoning and could be a modest step back next year. Obviously depends on who declares. 

smotheringD

October 27th, 2018 at 12:23 PM ^

Shea should stay.  Looking at his play so far this year, he would really benefit from another year.  The learning curve for QB rookies in the NFL is so steep and he still has many areas to improve on at this level.

With or without him next year we're loaded.  Solid D and our issues at QB and OL resolved, it's starting to look like the way Michigan is supposed to look...dominant.

What a coaching staff as well, Brown, Mattison, Zordich, Warriner, McElwain on receivers?.

You look at the 2 deep, the coaching staff and the enthusiasm in that locker room after the MSU win....  For those of us passionate fans who have really suffered the past couple of decades, the future looks very promising.

smotheringD

October 27th, 2018 at 1:30 PM ^

Great question.  Not sure I know for sure but this is the web so I'll share my opinion.

The second part of your question is kind of a two-edged sword.  While he would have more practice time, the clock to obsolescence also starts ticking.  There's a proficiency window you must hit where teams in the League are willing to give you starts and game reps but if your don't get on top of that learning curve in short order, they're going to try someone else.  It's the most critical position on the team and the head coach's livelihood is dependent upon the W's and L's, and that also is time critical.

The more prepared you are leaving college, the more highly esteemed you are, the longer your leash will be in the League to catch on.  So many good ones couldn't make the leap.  Matt Leinart, 4 years in college, Heisman winner, 2x National Champ, 2x QB of the year in college.

In the League?  Bupkis.

Mr Miggle

October 27th, 2018 at 12:28 PM ^

I'd definitely switch Paye and Hutchinson. SDE is a harder position to play in Brown's defense and Paye is he's playing it now.

I think there's a fair chance Charbonnet becomes a true #1 RB next season, if not from the start.

I wouldn't put Martin ahead of Collins. They'll find a way to put the best receivers out there the most.

Runyan losing his job would be a shock.

FatGuyTouchdown

October 27th, 2018 at 12:39 PM ^

No chance they go 12-0 with that schedule. They also have Iowa at home, a body blow game against Army, and at Maryland and Indiana. I think people underestimate how hard it is to go undefeated. I'd almost guarantee a game gets dropped somewhere. There's a reason there's never been a 15-0 National Champion in the playoff era. It's really hard to do and this Michigan team still won't be anywhere near as talented as the last few Alabama teams, 2016 Ohio State, 2014 Florida State, or 2017 Clemson. And they all lost games.

Hold This L

October 27th, 2018 at 12:58 PM ^

If Patterson leaves either for the nfl or baseball, I think peters at least tries to win the job through the spring. If he’s not in position to start, he can transfer and be eligible immediately 

WolvinLA2

October 27th, 2018 at 12:59 PM ^

Having Villain get healthy and be productive would be huge.  We need another DE to allow Paye to start at SDE.  Paye/Hutchinson at SDE would be incredible if Villain/Uche can man WDE.  The also allows Hinton to move inside (which he will most certainly do anyway) to give us better depth at the tackle spots.

Alumnus93

October 27th, 2018 at 1:22 PM ^

Not sure Martin will be the third WR... I'd figure they'll want all three WR   DPJ Collins Black on field at same time.

The starting RB in title will be meaningless...all will play. Evans cant handle every down duties.

I don't think Mayfield will share with Runyan, the latter has come around.

Steuber will be the the RT. I won't be surprised if he and Runyan switch sides, however, if Steuber continues to progress at this pace.

outsidethebox

October 27th, 2018 at 1:23 PM ^

I do not see any way that Evans is the #1 RB. There are 3 backs, returning, that have moved ahead of him skill-wise...that we have seen so far...and Charbonnet, Gray and Jackson coming in. He has been given every opportunity to develop and prove himself...it has not happened. I believe he will need to grad-transfer if he wants a shot at much playing time. 

umbig11

October 27th, 2018 at 1:24 PM ^

A great place to drop this:

A collaboration of information written up by John Borton at Rivals.

• Michael Barrett — The athlete out of Valdosta, Ga., has absolutely caught the attention of the head coach, in a positive way. He started out at viper, and has switched sides of the ball, to wide receiver/slot. He's tough to handle when he gets his hands on the football, making the move to offense a good one. Eventually, Michigan could have some offensive plays fashioned around his skill set. He'll be one to keep an eye on next spring, and should help in 2019 both on offense and special teams.

• Vincent Gray — The defensive back out of Rochester, Mich., significantly exceeded expectations in fall camp, and hasn't slacked off during the season. At 6-2, he's imposing, and those looking on really like that. He has played both corner and safety, but more of the former. He's most efficient and effective in zone coverage at this point — which means the required man-to-man skills remain in development. He can make the two-deep next spring.

• Julius Welschof — The defensive end from Germany definitely needed the redshirt season. He's older, but getting used to the speed of the game and the proper techniques simply takes time for someone of his inexperience. He's improving, and will contribute next year. He could be a two-deep performer likely to back up fellow freshman Aidan Hutchinson next year.

• Ben VanSumeren — The athlete from Essexville, Mich., has been viewed by some as another sophomore fullback Ben Mason in development. He could also wind up on defense. The best bet for now is fullback, for someone more athletic than some thought earlier and a freshman described with the best possible connotation of "a football player." With good pass-catching skills, he's a good bet for the No. 2 fullback spot and a special teams contributor next season.

• Taylor Upshaw — The defensive end out of Bradenton, Fla., continues to bulk up, to the point that he could make a move inside in the future. He reminds some of junior defensive lineman Carlo Kemp. Given Michigan's incoming defensive ends and an ongoing need inside, he may well wind up at defensive tackle. He'll keep developing, and while some think he may need another year to make the two-deep, that's dependent upon how he comes along.

• Hassan Haskins — The running back out of Eureka, Mo., is described as a tough, hard-working, one-cut back that will always find room in a Jim Harbaugh offense. While some have wondered whether he might bulk up enough to play linebacker, it's doubtful that scenario plays out. He'll be seeing how high he can climb on the running backs roster next spring.

• Sammy Faustin — The defensive back out of Naples, Fla., has made our "players to watch in spring ball" list. He's projected at safety but has also played some corner, at 6-2. He's been strong in coverage at safety, but needs to put on some weight. He'll be battling to make the two-deep at safety next spring, according to one educated guess, and will get a chance to make a name for himself on special teams.

• Camerson McGrone — The linebacker out of Indianapolis has come on, and could be one of the reasons Drew Singleton departed. He's going to play next year, and reminds some of sophomore linebacker Josh Ross. He can play inside or outside linebacker. Expect him to make next year's two-deep with an outside shot at starting.

• Luke Schoonmaker — The tight end out of Hamden, Conn., is in his first year of concentrating just on football, and some think he might be the performer who makes the most progress from year one to year two. He has good hands, and he's effective once the football is there. He needs to ramp up his blocking substantially, like many tight ends coming out ofhigh school. If he does, he could make the tight ends rotation as early as next year.

• Ryan Hayes — The tight end/offensive lineman out of Traverse City, Mich., is the best blocker among the young tight ends. He still could wind up on the offensive line proper, depending on the amount of weight hegains. One projection has him winding up at offensive tackle, with a work ethic that eventually gets him onto the two deep, as the type of playeryou need on your roster.

outsidethebox

October 27th, 2018 at 2:27 PM ^

Excellent. And the further point being that there is a ton of improvement from many different young players coming from all directions. All this hand-wringing at this time about needs and weaknesses is pure silliness and ignorance. This roster is loaded with talent...the high level transfers that have taken place recently are actually proof of this.