There’s lots of news going on right now between coaching and recruiting, but let’s catch up on where some of the top NFL Draft analysts have former Wolverines going in this year’s draft.
The notable guys are Rashan Gary, Devin Bush and David Long. Zach Gentry will probably get drafted a bit higher than his production would indicate based on his measurables. What are the talking heads saying? Even though sadly, it’s not Smockin’ season, it is in fact Mockin’ season, so here we go.
CBS’s Will Brinson, the only writer there to update his mock within the last week, has Bush and Gary not only going in the first round, but the top five.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan. The 49ers are in a weird spot here, because they don’t have an immediate need that necessarily matches up with their roster. They have plenty of interior linemen and they have a quarterback. They could use some additional help at edge rusher however. Is Gary too similar to Solomon Thomas? Maybe. I just don’t see them reaching.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Devin Bush, LB, Michigan. The Bucs are such a weird team. What do they even need? Besides a time machine to go back and draft Derwin James? How are they not better? Bruce Arians’ influence on this pick will be extremely interesting.
Michigan locals will love Dane Brugler’s mock over at The Athletic. While not as high on either Wolverine, both Bush and Gary pop into his first round.
8. Detroit Lions: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
With Ezekiel Ansah’s future in Detroit very much in doubt, the Lions are in good position to land a talented pass rusher with this pick. While he didn’t live up the hype at Michigan (mostly due to injuries), Gary has freakish movement skills for a player his size (6-foot-5, 283 pounds) and teams will be seduced by his huge potential. He made the move to Michigan for college and might not leave the state for his NFL career.
30. Los Angeles Rams: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
If he were two inches taller and longer, Bush would be a lock for the top-10 picks. His combination of athleticism, instincts and finishing skills are outstanding, but too many teams will get hung up on his size (5-foot-11, 233 pounds), which does show at times on tape. It would also be a great story to see Bush join the Rams, the organization his father (Devin Bush Sr.) helped lead to a Super Bowl XXXIV title.
WalterFootball only has Gary in the first, going 10th overall to the Denver Broncos. Notably, Bush slips to the third round there
Denver Broncos: Rashan Gary, DE/DT, Michigan
The Broncos could address their defensive front seven again if they get this sort of value, especially after surrendering 300 rushing yards to the Jets. Derek Wolfe’s health is always a concern, while Adam Gotsis has off-the-field worries.
Rashan Gary is an athletic freak. He wasn’t extremely productive as a freshman, but he recorded five sacks and 11 tackles for loss in 2017. His teammates believe he’ll be a top 10 pick.
Bleacher Report’s latest mock has both guys in the first again.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan
22. Baltimore Ravens: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
SportingNews only has Gary in the first, like Walter. Surprisingly, Gary makes it beyond the first 20 picks of the round.
21. Seattle Seahawks
Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan
The Seahawks have had great returns from former Wolverine end Frank Clark, and Jarran Reed has revved up the pass rush inside. But even though they could use some offensive line help, it’s hard to pass on the versatile Gary, who can channel much of former Seahawk Michael Bennett.
It’s important to note these are not scientific and generally are crafted to generate discussion. The consensus seems to be Gary is a top 10-to 15 pick while people are scattered all over the place with Bush. If Devin crushes the combine, he should plant himself squarely in the first round.
Gentry could jump into Day 2 with impressive workouts as well. Personally, I think Long is the most interesting. Playing in a man-based system, Long’s zone skills need refining and he wasn’t great at forcing turnovers. The second is not his fault, as aggressive man defenses don’t allow defensive backs to jump routes, and Don Brown’s tendency to blitz limited opportunities at tipped balls in traffic.
We’ll continue to update as the offseason carries on.