Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at the National Football Foundation’s Dream Team banquet in Dearborn on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.
Nick Baumgardner, Freep
ATLANTA — Michigan junior cornerbacks David Long and Lavert Hill both told reporters Monday they’re undecided about whether or not they’ll return to Ann Arbor for their senior season or head to the NFL draft.
Both Long and Hill plan to play for Michigan in the Peach Bowl against Florida on Dec. 29 in Atlanta.
“I’m just worried about Florida at this moment,” Hill said. “I’ve got to make a decision. But I’ll wait until after the game.
“I’m just worried about Florida at this moment and then I’ll think about what I need to think about after that.”
It’s unclear what Long or Hill’s draft stock would be in the upcoming NFL draft, though both were rated inside Mel Kiper’s top 10 list of cornerbacks available earlier this month.
Hill was a Thorpe Award semifinalist this season and both earned first-team All-Big Ten honors this season.
Long added that he never considered sitting out the Peach Bowl, but says he’s tried not to give his NFL decision much thought until after the game.
“There was a lot of speculation about whether I’d play, but no, I’ve always intended on playing and finishing out the season,” he said. “I’m just worried about getting this game. I haven’t really gotten into (the NFL) stuff.
“I’m just trying to help the team get the 11th win.”
All underclassmen have until Jan. 14 to declare for the NFL draft.
Michigan will play in the Peach Bowl without two defensive starters as junior defensive end Rashan Gary and junior linebacker Devin Bush Jr. have both declared for the draft. Neither will play in the bowl game.
Hill and Long, though, give Michigan its full secondary — a group that ranked No. 2 nationally against the pass through 12 games.
That secondary, however, was shredded in the season finale against Ohio State. Michigan gave up 396 passing yards and six touchdowns in a 62-39 loss.
“I think that’s the most I’ve ever got scored on since I’ve been playing football. It’s one of those things you have to understand, when you play at this level and you don’t come in prepared things like that can happen,” Long said. “It’s easy to dwell on it and say this or that, but I have to tip my hat. They came in there and beat us.
“We didn’t do things they did and that was the result of the game. … They executed and we didn’t, simple.”
Long says he’s done his best to avoid any NFL discussions until after the bowl game.
Hill says he’s just focused on Florida. When asked, Hill said he believes he’s ready to play in the NFL — though he said another year of experience and the possibility of finishing his degree would be considerations for returning.
Long, meanwhile, has kept all his energy on the Peach Bowl.
“I haven’t really thought about anything else,” he said. “I’m just trying to focus on Saturday.”
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