Keep it locked here all afternoon as we provide updates surrounding the six Wolverine players at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
Tight end Zach Gentry will be the focus today as he goes through his on-field testing.
4:58 PM — NFL Network hosts Daniel Jeremiah and Rich Eisen took a quick look ahead to tomorrow’s action as today’s session wrapped up, and the former explained which linebackers he’ll be keeping the closest eye on:
“It’s the Devins and then a drop off — Devin White from LSU and Devin Bush from Michigan. We’ll see what those studs do, and see who can climb up into the conversation and take that third spot.”
4:38 PM — Devin Bush was asked about tearing up Michigan State’s midfield logo when the two teams met this past fall:
4:35 PM — “What you see on tape is real,” Bush said. “It’s what you’re going to get 100 percent of the time, and it’s no fluke. I’m a tough player who plays hard and my film speaks for itself.”
3:39 PM — Chase Winovich records 18 reps on the bench press.
Winovich with 18 reps, which is not ideal.
— Ross Uglem (@RossUglem) March 2, 2019
3:26 PM — Rashan Gary does 26 reps on the bench press.
Rashan Gary just threw up 26 reps on bench press; did the first 20 like it was nothing
— Kyle Martin (@KylesFeed) March 2, 2019
Rashan Gary also said he would like to play next to Maurice Hurst again, as he did at Michigan, if the Raiders take him. Maurice reached out gave him some advice right before the combine.
— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) March 2, 2019
Rashan Gary was asked why he think he’s the best player in this draft. He answered the question with a question. “Why do I think, or why do I know?” He’s supremely confident in his athleticism, and that his best is yet to come.
He said had a great meeting with the Raiders Thurs. pic.twitter.com/6ErNWnfddl
— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) March 2, 2019
A reporter asks Rashan Gary why he thinks he’s the best player in draft class. “Why do I think or why do I know?”
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 2, 2019
Rashan Gary said he met formally with the Falcons this week. “They’re a great staff,” Gary said. “They really wanted to know me as a person and basically what I had to offer as a football player. Going out of that meeting, it was great. I’m glad I sat down with them.”
— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) March 2, 2019
Gary met with the Raiders last night.
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) March 2, 2019
2:29 PM — Rashan Gary at the NFL combine:
2:13 PM — Linebacker Devin Bush records 21 reps on the bench press.
2:07 PM — NFL Media analyst was asked who the Los Angeles Chargers should take at No. 28 in the draft, and Devin Bush was the first name he suggested:
“They’re a team in need of linebackers, because they were playing with seven defensive backs in the playoffs,” Brooks explained. “Ideally, that’s a change up and not something you live in.
“Gus Bradley would love to have athletic linebackers who can stay on the field and can run, chase, and handle the running game, while also matching up in the passing game.
“Devin Bush may be the most outstanding blitzer of the linebackers in this draft class. To me, he’s a perfect fit in that defense.
“I also love his motor and the way he would fit into the culture of that locker room. We saw what Derwin James did and the energy he brought, and Devin Bush has a similar mindset and mentality. His attitude and play making abilities would make him a good fit there.”
11:43 AM — Gentry reels in a beautiful 26-yard over-the-shoulder grab on a perfectly thrown ball in the wheel route drill.
11:32 AM — Gentry hauls in a clean catch on a drill where the players are required to run 12 yards downfield and then immediately cut over the middle.
11:20 AM — Gentry catches five of seven passes in the speedy gauntlet drill, with both drops hitting him in the hands.
“With big tight ends, you want to see how they deal with the lower balls,” Jeremiah observed.
11:09 AM — “You see a little bit of stiffness there from Gentry,” Jeremiah observed as the former U-M tight end went through a drill simply requiring him to drive a blue practice bag — along with the player holding it — backward.
10:57 AM — Gentry makes a nice two-handed grab along the sideline in the first on-field drill of the day.
The drill entails the player lining up on the numeral and simply running toward the out-of-bounds marker, with a quarterback having to hit them just before they go out of bounds.
.@UMichFootball TE Zach Gentry (6’8″ 265lbs.) ran unofficial times of 4.92 and 4.91.
Limited collegiate production and polish, but he enters the league with some long-term passing game upside. Size obviously makes him a redzone option, though rarely used.#NFLCombine
— Dion Caputi (@nfldraftupdate) March 2, 2019
10:33 AM — Gentry clocks a a 4.91 in his second try at the 40-yard dash.
“He came out early, and I was surprised,” Jeremiah said. “I thought he should have gone back to his alma mater for another year — but, man, he is huge.”
10:14 AM — Zach Gentry runs a 4.92 in his first attempt at the 40-yard dash.
“He’s probably a later round pick,” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. “He has some upside as a developmental player and will probably be an in-line tight end.”
9:01 AM — David Long measures in at 5-10 5/8, 196 pounds.
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