Is there a chance of a Shea return?

Submitted by DTOW on September 18th, 2018 at 4:01 PM

Let me preface this by saying that I’m one of many here that thought Shea would be a one and done at Michigan. I didn’t think there was any chance of two years of him here. That being said, I’ve been looking at some of the updates mocks out there and it appears that Shea may have been jumped in the projected draft rankings. I’ve recently seen him as high as the 4th QB taken but as low as the 6th QB taken. I can’t help but wonder, if those rankings hold true, would it be in Shea’s best interest to return for his last year of eligibility?


Some pros of a return:

-  an offensive line that should remain intact up the middle with a high likelihood of improvement at the tackle spots (do I dare say a potential strength of the team, gulp)

-  super talented and experienced weapons on the outside could lead to gawdy numbers

-  a big time RB recruit coming in with Charbonnete

-  an additional year under Harbaugh (regardless of what some think of him it’s definitely a positive from an NFL perspective)

-  potential to be the 1st QB taken with a big year


I'm not saying I’d be at all surprised if Shea went pro. What I’m saying is that when he announced he was coming to Michigan I would have put the chances of him going pro at about 95%. After looking at how everything is shaking out, albeit relatively early yet, I think it’s closer to 60-40 that he goes pro. 


What do do you guys think, do we have any shot at 2 years of Shea?



September 18th, 2018 at 4:26 PM ^

I don’t really understand this. I still have very high hopes for the team this year and think this could be a legitimate 10 win team. No where near pulling the ripcord. 


I, like many here, have the brain capacity to remain optimistic about this season while at the same time recognizing what the future may or may not look like. 


September 19th, 2018 at 9:24 AM ^

MGoBloggers: If you don't like a thread topic, just move on. You don't have an obligation to be a dick. 

DTOW: This is a fan blog, and you have every right to start this kind of discussion. I have been having similar thoughts myself. I still think he's gone after this year (especially if we have an awesome year), but I can see a scenario where we keep him for multiple reasons.

  1. He could go higher in the draft if he stays.
  2. If we don't win the B1G or go to the playoffs, he could come back and try to win it next year.
  3. Depending on where he is in his studies, he may want to finish a degree. 

Let me rephrase...MGoBloggers: You can be a dick, but only if it's warranted, and only if it makes me laugh. 


September 18th, 2018 at 4:31 PM ^

Michigan fans have an amazing ability to suck the joy out of watching this team. "Hey, look, we finally have a competent quarterback for the first time in a decade. Let's skip right past the joy of watching him and talk about what comes next!" 

Seriously, some of you people are like happiness vampires... 


September 18th, 2018 at 4:05 PM ^

Through three games, I have seen nothing to indicate that he will leave after this season.  He has a lot of potential, but plenty to work on.


September 18th, 2018 at 5:46 PM ^

It has been more or less said by Sam Webb and others that SHEA’s plan is to leave after this year.  As long as he projects to go in the first 2 days of the draft, He gone.

Let’s enjoy the ride while he is here and thank him for bridging the gap until we have a fully weaponized Harbaugh (recruited) QB.  ——- If we cannot salvage an aboverage QB from a RS-JR Peters, RS-Soph DCaff, or RS-F Milton the Harbaugh era has more serious issues than another year of Shea will solve.


September 18th, 2018 at 4:06 PM ^

he keeps playing the way he has, hes definitely a one and done. McCaffrey has a bright future im not concerned with the QBs anymore. Just be able to churn out an effective oline and dline every year and youll have a good team every year. Easier said then done though 


September 18th, 2018 at 4:09 PM ^

He's been one of the more efficient QBs in the country this year. If he can maintain his level of play against the top teams on the schedule, he'll be a first rounder. I'd put chance he returns < 10%. If he was for sure not going to be a first rounder then maybe - although that probably means bad things for how the rest of our season played out. 


September 19th, 2018 at 10:45 AM ^

But does it matter if he's the 5th qb off the board? Still would've been a 1st round pick in this last draft right? Not everyone is going to be the best, but again...3 games in...his mobility will be an asset, and if he finishes the year over 70%, with a Harbaugh recommendation he's definitely gonna be a 1st or 2nd round pick


September 18th, 2018 at 4:14 PM ^

I think there is a bigger chance he goes pro in baseball if he is going pro after this year. He doesn't have the measurables the pro's want so he would have to have a monster year passing to be a higher round draft pick. Just don't see it.


September 18th, 2018 at 4:16 PM ^

He doesn't fit what used to be the NFL QB mold (6'4"+, 220+ or whatever) ... But I don't think there's a mold anymore. They're valuing arm talent and mobility more than ever (Trubisky, Mahomes, Watson, Mayfield, etc). I think Patterson has similar natural skills to those guys. So who knows anymore? If the right people start hyping him, he could be a first round pick. He's very similar to Trubisky in my opinion. Trubisky is similar in size, strong arm, mobile (but not a burner), and doesn't have a ton of career starts in college. Trubisky was almost exclusively operating out of the shotgun, only had like 11 career starts, and stll went #2.

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September 18th, 2018 at 4:26 PM ^

Yeah, there are now several guys having success in the league who are 6-2 or less. Patrick Mahomes has been a revelation and he's no bigger than that. I think the biggest thing with Shea Patterson is his arm talent is extraordinary. He gets the ball out so quick, and he is pretty darn accurate. He's smart, competitive. And there is such a premium on QB play in the NFL. I think he's gone after this season, so let's make it a glorious trip.


September 18th, 2018 at 6:02 PM ^

I agree. He's a natural athlete and can throw accurately on the run.  Strong arm and he plays with an awareness that there won't always (or even often) be a clean pocket so he's quite good at escaping, buying time and making good decisions on the run.  6-5 statues are going the way of the fullback. Mayfield going first overall is pretty telling.


September 18th, 2018 at 4:25 PM ^

If he comes back, it probably means we didn't do well this season, or worse he missed time due to injury. 

I'd be perfectly happy for him to play lights out and earn a high draft spot and be gone. I think Michigan is in good shape at QB behind him.