December 29th, 2017 at 7:49 AM ^

I get it.  I also get no one wants to jinx it.  However if this is not a positive interview for him coming back I don't know what is.  Clearly to me it sounds like he has some unfinished business that he would like to handle.  For what it's worth, after the interview he was laughing it up with a few of his teamates and they were giving him shit about making us all wait.  Reading between the lines, he back!  (is that the inverse to he gone?)  Not sure.  


December 29th, 2017 at 8:00 AM ^

...can often override the "sensible" thiing to do. He strikes me as an unconventional football player. A throwback. A purist. I think he returns for one more year. He wants one more shot at MSU and OSU.


December 29th, 2017 at 10:26 AM ^

True, but you have to factor in diminishing returns when you get to that level of money.  Even assuming he can make that level of jump, say there's a 5% chance of injury or other circumtances that derail his draft grade if he comes back.  If it were me, I would probably rather have a 100% chance at 13.5M than a 95% chance at 26.5M.  If you invest reasonably, you're never really going to worry too much about money either way.

Obviously, I hope he comes back.

Everyone Murders

December 29th, 2017 at 8:20 AM ^

I have a simple-minded approach to this - whatever Winovich decides is OK with me.  With this coaching staff, I'm confident that they will give him the straight dope on his prospects if he enters the draft, what next year looks like at his position, etc.

And with umpteen players drafted last year, they can give him plenty of anecdotal advice too.  I hope he stays, because I think next year could be special and he could play a major role in that.  But so long as he makes an informed choice, it's the right choice by me.


December 29th, 2017 at 8:24 AM ^

actually think he hasn’t announced yet because he doesn’t know. 8 tackles and 2 sacks in the Outback Bowl may convince him, and scouts, that now is the time.


December 29th, 2017 at 9:14 AM ^

At one point in the early / mid-80s, we had a 24" Zenith with a flip-down console for controlling the TV at the source, and the first thing this console did was come right off in my dad's hand, so for the nearly 15 years we had that TV (I took it to Michigan with me, as a matter of fact, not that I had far to travel in my case), you had to use the remote or you were stuck with whatever. In a warped way, it was ahead of its time because that's what would happen if we lost the remote to any TV in my house now. 


December 29th, 2017 at 8:49 AM ^

I repeat myself from other threads.


I dont think he should go. He does not have the measurables to be a DE or OLB in the NFL. He is positionless in that sense. Which means he will likely be a late draft pick because he will be a project for whatever team takes him.


If he comes back, improves where he can and has a monster season he can increase his stock.

Perkis-Size Me

December 29th, 2017 at 8:51 AM ^

If he gets anything better than a Day 3 grade, I think he needs to go. I don't think he'll ever be a Day 1 guy, not because he isn't a great football player or doesn't work hard, but he doesn't have the prototypical size and athleticism that teams are looking for when using a first round pick on a DE. So if he grades out with a Day 2 selection, I think he needs to go and never look back.

Football is a violent sport, and your career could be over after one snap if you fall down or get tackled the wrong way. Go make your money while you can. Would love for him to stay, but if he can make himself some serious money by going to the draft this spring, I wouldn't blame him for one second if he left. In that situation, next man up. 


December 29th, 2017 at 8:53 AM ^

 How does he perform in the gym? I think his draft status would depend on how he performs in the combine.

 I think he had a great year, he might be able to improve off of it, he might see is stats drop when Hurst leaves. all in all he's in the same boat next year as he is this year, middle to late rounds unless he blows up during the combine.

carolina blue

December 29th, 2017 at 8:53 AM ^

I don’t know what his draft stock is, but if it’s mid/late third round or later, it’s an easy decision to come back. If it’s first to mid/late second round then it’s an easy decision to leave. If it’s late second through mid/late third then you have a tough decision to make.