Denard Only Michigan Alum Invited to NFL Combine

Submitted by MGoShoe on February 7th, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Not too much of a surprise, but someting of a disappointment that more Wolverines were not invited. As expected, Denard was invited as a WR.

From BTN.com's Tom Dienhart:

  • Illinois (4): DE Michael Buchanan; CB Terry Hawthorne; DT Akeem Spence; OT Hugh Thornton
  • Iowa (2): CB Micah Hyde; QB James Vandenberg
  • Michigan: WR Denard Robinson
  • Michigan State (4): CB Johnny Adams; RB Le’Veon Bell; DE William Gholston; TE Dion Sims
  • Minnesota: QB MarQueis Gray
  • Nebraska (3): RB Rex Burkhead; P Brett Maher; S Daimion Stafford
  • Ohio State (7): FB Zach Boren; OT Reid Fragel; DT Johnathan Hankins; LB Etienne Sabino; DE John Simon; TE Jake Stoneburner; DE Nathan Williams
  • Penn State (4): DT Jordan Hill; LB Gerald Hodges; LB Michael Mauti; C Matt Stankiewitch
  • Purdue (2): CB Josh Johnson; DT Kawann Short
  • Wisconsin (4): RB Montee Ball; C Travis Frederick; LB Mike Taylor; OT Ricky Wagner

Indiana and Northwestern had zero invitees. So there's that.

Comments

JeepinBen

February 7th, 2013 at 1:19 PM ^

I guess Michigan's pro day is now that much more important for the borderline/late round guys. BWC, Roundtree, etc. will have a chance to impress scouts in AA, just hope they make the trip.

Also, Denard will probably participate in Michigan's pro day too, to show improvement as many times as possible. That'll draw more scouts to AA to see the other guys too.

Lucky Socks

February 7th, 2013 at 1:34 PM ^

Scouts will show up to Michigan's Pro Day.  BWC will be the major draw because he's certainly a sure-fire draftable prospect in my opinion.  If he impresses one team enough, he could go higher than projected.  Roh and Demens have a chance to get drafted or make a roster.  Roundtree and Floyd have played good football and I think teams will want to see if they're worth prioritizing as free-agents for camp bodies.  

But my #1 guarantee is that BWC will draw attention.  Plus, you never know what EMU or localish guys participate as well.  The next TJ Lang could be at Michigan's pro day.  

yoopergoblue

February 7th, 2013 at 1:19 PM ^

I'm going to catch flak for this but this tells you a lot about the lack of talent we were pulling in at the end of the Carr years and through the Rodriquez years.

evenyoubrutus

February 7th, 2013 at 1:39 PM ^

I guess it is a gray area. Hard to really know what went on behind the scenes and in the Campbell household but I guess when it was all over I assumed that the only reason he really decommitted in the first place was so that he could keep everyone in suspense and make an announcement at the Army All American bowl.

graybeaver

February 7th, 2013 at 1:23 PM ^

It's amazing that Hoke has won 19 games with these players in only two seasons.  Not only was RR a terrible coach (  Rodriguez has the lowest winning percentage (.405) of any coach in Michigan football's history and never beat Michigan's two chief rivals, Ohio State University and Michigan State University) he couldn't evaluate talent either. 

PurpleStuff

February 7th, 2013 at 1:24 PM ^

Roh was 2nd team all-conference (coaches) and AM (media).  Omameh was 1st team (coaches) and AM (media).  Kenny Demens is a guy I'd expect to get an invite just on size/athletic ability.  BWC as well.

JohnnyV123

February 7th, 2013 at 1:29 PM ^

I am one of those nerds who watches the combine live so I was hoping to see more Michigan guys there but at least I'll be seeing the most fascinating one.

If I was Denard, even though it would probably sacrifice time he really needs learning to be a WR, I would focus on the 40 time. Logical or not, you can become the story of the combine and improve your draft stock with a ridiculous 40 time and Denard is one of the people who can produce it.

They will give him a pass if he doesn't finish top 10 in any of the receiver drills if he pulls off a blazing 40.

Magnus

February 7th, 2013 at 1:32 PM ^

This is about right.  Some of the other guys might be worth a late draft pick (Roh, Kovacs, etc.), but the senior class just wasn't that talented.  There was a lot of attrition during the Rodriguez years that wiped out a good deal of those 2008/2009 classes.  Over those two recruiting periods, a quick glance shows 18 out of 46 who transferred or quit.

Magnus

February 7th, 2013 at 1:52 PM ^

There's always the Pro Day.  I think the guys who get invited to the draft are typically guys who teams might be considering for the higher rounds.  If you know a guy is a 6th or 7th rounder at best, then it's kind of a waste of time to make all 32 teams watch him.  There are always guys outside of that number (333 this year) who get drafted, and there are people within that group that sign as UFA's.

With a guy like Kovacs, there will be a handful of teams interested because he fits what they want in a strong safety.

Trebor

February 7th, 2013 at 1:35 PM ^

I find it oddly amusing that Zach Boren gets an invite but not Campbell, Demens, Roh, etc. How many teams even use FBs anymore at the NFL level?

AC1997

February 7th, 2013 at 1:36 PM ^

I am a little surprises that a long tenured starter like Omameh didn't get an invite. I actually think he would test well in a combine environment.