Make Your Predictions for Wolverines on Draft Day(s) 2012

Submitted by NoVaWolverine on April 26th, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Draft Day! Woo-hoo!  Time to make your predictions for where our beloved recently departed Wolverine heroes will be selected (round and team). Very unlikely any of our guys get selected in the first round tonight, but I figured might as well get the thread up now.

Here are my best guesses:

Mike Martin

I will be shocked if Hulk Smash lasts beyond the 3rd round -- there must be at least a handful of teams who've fallen in love with his motor and measurables (and a Greg Mattison thumbs-up) and who will be willing to spend a third-rounder on him. A lot of mocks have him going to the Bears at #79, which sounds plausible. I could also see Cincinnati taking him at 83 -- he'd be a good fit in Mike Zimmer's 4-3.  Saints at #89 is also a possibility. Denver at 87 or 108 (mid-4th round) could also use a 4-3 DT.

David Molk

Someone's going to get a steal with Molk, because he'll drop due to his size -- he'll only fit a zone-based running scheme, and he's not big enough to backup at guard in a pinch.

Tennessee runs a zone-blocking scheme and needs a center -- Molk's a good fit for them at #155 in the 5th round. Green Bay is also a great fit at #163 -- they signed Jeff Saturday to replace Scott Wells, but Saturday's 36 and he could groom Molk as his eventual replacement. The Colts could also pick him up at the end of the round (#170) to replace Saturday.

Junior Hemingway

His combine performance probably boosted him from a fringe late-round pick or UDFA into a mid-rounder. Still, this is a deep draft at WR, so I think Junior goes in the 5th at best, more likely the 6th -- New Orleans at #179 or Carolina at #180.

Ryan Van Bergen

RVB's probably a borderline 7th round/UDFA-type, but I can see a 3-4 team looking for depth at the 5-tech DE spot taking a flyer on him late in the 7th round -- perhaps Pittsburgh, which has a ton of picks at the end of that round. San Diego's also a possibility there at #250, or Arizona at #221.

Kevin Koger

I would've had Kevin Koger as a late (6-7th round) pick before the Achilles surgery. sad

Undrafted free agents who will at least get a shot at a camp:

Martavious Odoms

Troy Woolfolk

All right, have at it everyone.



April 26th, 2012 at 12:03 PM ^

Saturday will be a busy day for most of these guys.  Commencement is at 10am, and then they'll have to hurry home to watch the draft at noon.


April 26th, 2012 at 12:08 PM ^

I think he'll be drafted very late, but (to echo something Todd McShay said) I think he'll have a much better career than your average sixth or seventh round pick. 

I don't think Martin will make it past the 2nd round.  Someone is going to realize that his already-professional mindset makes him worth a 2nd round pick. 


April 26th, 2012 at 12:09 PM ^

MIke Martin:  3rd round, final pick (#95) to Oakland

David Molk:  5th round, #158 to LIONS

Junior Hemingway, 6th round, #188 to Denver

Ryan Van Bergen, 7th round, #211 to Cleveland

Koger & Woolfolk UDA's


April 26th, 2012 at 12:18 PM ^

I think the OP has it nailed.  When Hemminway's combine numbers were released certain members of the board got all giddy and said he'd be a 2nd or 3rd round pick but there is just no way that's going to happen.  Unfortunately I 100% agree with the OP - 6th round or lower.  


April 26th, 2012 at 12:30 PM ^

I agree with the OP as well about the round Hemingway gets chosen in, but I hope he doesn't go to the Saints. Not because of their current drama or because I don't like the Saints, but because I would hate to see two great Michigan products, Hemingway and Arrington, on the same squad and not seeing the playing field as much as I would like to see them. 


April 26th, 2012 at 12:28 PM ^

Martin to the Patriots in rd 2 or 3

Molk to the Colts in rd 3 or 4

Hemingway to the Colts in rd 7

RVB 7th round Lions

Koger undrafted because of the Achilles

Odoms undrafted signs with Saints or Patriots

Woolfolk undrafted ends up on a practice squad


April 26th, 2012 at 1:03 PM ^


I'll take it as a good sign that my predictions match up so well with yours, since you know way more about this stuff than I do. But I have one question about your write-up on Mike Martin: Do you really think he's capable of being a 5-tech DE in an NFL 3-4 defense?  It seems like the prototype for that position is guys with length -- 6'4" or better -- who have height and long arms to avoid getting engulfed by the NFL's massive offensive tackles. Isn't Martin a much better bet as a 3-tech in a 4-3?


April 26th, 2012 at 1:23 PM ^

He's not the prototype DE in a 3-4, but he's not a prototype anything with his height.  I think he's the type of guy who could play DE in a 3-4 but slid inside in 4-front looks, sort of a combo DE/DT.  Keep in mind that he's not going to beat anyone with his reach, so he has to rely on staying low and getting off the ball quickly.


April 26th, 2012 at 1:01 PM ^

Mike Martin (3) - 79 to Chicago  

David Molk (6) - 190 to Tennessee

Junior Hemingway (6) - 202 to New York Jets

Ryan Van Bergen (7) - 253 to Indianapolis (Mr. Irrelevant becomes Most Relevant)

Kevin Koger - UDFA to Cleveland or Cincinnati or unsigned, subject to Achilles rehab

Troy Woolfolk UDFA to Houston

Steve Watson UDFA to Denver or New York Giants

Martavious Odoms UDFA to New England

Darryl Stonum UDFA to Arizona

Michael Shaw UDFA to Pittsburgh or New York Giants

Will Heininger UDFA to Detroit

Mark Huyge UDFA to New York Jets 

Tom Pomarico UDFA to Law School and Detroit's Emergency Long Snapper

Kelvin Grady UDFA to Graduate Business School and U-M Graduate Assistant for Basketball

Boubacar Cissoko . . . The Oakland Raiders are on the clock.

Ali G Bomaye

April 26th, 2012 at 1:21 PM ^

Pretty much everyone is saying Hemingway will go in the 6th-7th round; I think he will go before that.

The two concerns with Hemingway are his speed and his production.  His (lack of) production is understandable given the offenses and QBs he played with, and his speed was average at the Combine, where he also showed elite quickness and acceleration.  I think he'll go in the 3rd-5th round due to his size, quickness, and ball skills and possibly have a career like Jason Avant.


April 26th, 2012 at 1:32 PM ^

But this year's WR crop is so deep, I have a hard time seeing him go any earlier than the 5th. Avant was drafted in the 4th, but he was a probably a more polished route runner coming out of school than Junior, and already had a reputation for Velcro hands.


April 26th, 2012 at 1:34 PM ^

Martin: 3rd round by a 3-4 team

Molk: Lions in the 4th round

Albion College CB Chris Greenwood: Lions, 5th round

Hemingway: Panthers in the 6th round

RVB: Tampa Bay in the 7th round.

I hope all other guys catch on somewhere as free agents.