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Michael Schofield drafted in third round by Denver Broncos

Friday, May 9th, 2014


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Unlike Taylor Lewan on Thursday night, former Michigan right tackle Michael Schofield wasn’t sure what round he would be drafted in. He was hoping to sneak into Friday night’s third round, which he planned to watch with a small group of immediate family. But he could just as easily have had to wait until Saturday when his family is holding a party at at his Orland Park, Ill. home to celebrate. He got his answer as the third round drew to a close when the Denver Broncos selected him 95th overall.

Schofield steps into a great opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl on a team that made it to the big game just three months ago and wants to win now in what will likely be quarterback Peyton Manning’s final season.

“Everyone dreams of coming into the NFL and being right in Super Bowl contention, especially at an organization like the Broncos and a quarterback like Payton Manning,” Schofield said on a conference call. “It’s a dream come true.”

He has the ability to play tackle or guard, having started 36 games during his career at Michigan, 10 at guard in 2011 and 26 at right tackle. He showed his versatility when he stepped in at left tackle for an injured Lewan for part of the Penn State game last fall. He also impressed with a solid performance at the Senior Bowl.

The Broncos have some veterans on the offensive line, but also some question marks, and the pick of Schofield fills a need for the club. Orlando Franklin has started 47 games at right tackle over the last three seasons since being drafted in the second round (46th overall) out of Miami in 2011. In 2012, he allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL among right tackles that started 16 games. Right guard Louis Vasquez has started 70 games over the past five seasons — the first four with the San Diego Chargers — and made his first Pro Bowl in 2013, his first season in Denver.

The left side of the line is less certain. Last season’s left tackle, Chris Clark, stepped in for 14 games when three-time Pro Bowler Ryan Clady was lost with a Lisfranc injury. If Clady is fully healthy this fall he’ll be the starter. Meanwhile, left guard Zane Beadles is now in Jacksonville, leaving a possible landing spot for Schofield. The only other guard on the roster is second-year undrafted free agent Ben Garland from Air Force who didn’t see any game action last season.

Schofield is the only Michigan player currently on the roster and joins fellow Big Ten foes, Ohio State defensive back Bradley Roby and Indiana receiver Cody Latimer, as Broncos draft picks so far in this year’s draft.

The draft continues with rounds four through seven today beginning at 12 p.m. Jeremy Gallon is the only other Wolverine likely to be drafted and is projected to go anywhere from the fourth to seventh round.

Taylor Lewan drafted 11th by Tennessee Titans

Friday, May 9th, 2014


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Taylor Lewan was a first round lock, but the question heading into the 2014 NFL Draft was whether he would be the first, second, or third offensive tackle selected. The answer came just before 9:30 Eastern time on Thursday evening when Lewan followed Auburn’s Greg Robinson (second overall) and Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews (sixth), as the 11th pick by the Tennessee Titans.

Most mock drafts had Lewan going sixth or ninth, so he fell slightly, but still becomes the first Michigan player drafted in the first round since Brandon Graham was taken 13th by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010. He’s also the highest Michigan draft pick since fellow left tackle Jake Long was the first overall pick by the Miami Dolphins in 2008 and was the first Big Ten player selected in this year’s draft.

The question now is where Lewan fits at Tennessee. Michael Roos has started 143 games at left tackle since he was drafted out of Eastern Washington in 2005. He was a Pro Bowler in 2008. On the other side, the Titans just locked up right tackle Michael Oher, who has started all 80 games since he was drafted out of Mississippi in 2009, to a four-year, $20 million deal with $9.5 guaranteed. One possibility would be to slide Oher to guard, but last year’s first round pick, Alabama guard Chance Warmack, started all 16 games at right guard in 2013 and left guard Andy Levitre has started all 80 games of his career. Lewan is walking into a loaded offensive line, so there’s a chance the Titans could use him as a trade piece later in the draft.

Prior to the draft, NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah listed Tennessee’s needs as cornerback, running back, quarterback, and offensive tackle, in that order. He notes Roos’ age, 32, as the reason for needing a tackle, but also says they should look to draft one somewhere around the fourth round. In other words, one that wouldn’t necessarily be ready to start from day one. Roos is in the final year of his contract, but Lewan certainly won’t be happy waiting a year to step into the lineup.

Lewan joins former Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin on the Titans roster. Martin was drafted by the Titans in the third round, 82nd overall, in the 2012 draft and has started two games over the past two seasons, recording 52 tackles (33 solo) and four sacks.

The draft continues with rounds two and three tonight at 6:30 p.m. and concludes with rounds four through seven on Saturday at noon. Michael Schofield and Jeremy Gallon will likely find out their destinations on Saturday, but there’s a chance Schofield could find his way into the third round.

Michigan’s 2014 NFL Draft preview

Thursday, May 8th, 2014


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The 2014 NFL Draft begins tonight, and even though Michigan football didn’t live up to expectations last season three Wolverines are in line to be drafted, including one in tonight’s first round. Here’s a look at what to expect this weekend, what the experts are saying, and Michigan’s NFL Draft history.

Taylor Lewan – OT | Projected: First Round

Lewan is the only Michigan player in this year’s draft that will be selected in the first round. Had he chosen to enter the draft after his junior season Lewan would have been a virtual lock for a lottery pick. Instead, he returned to Michigan for his senior season, and a combination of the team’s poor performance and some off-the-field problems have caused him to slide a little bit. Even so, he’s still considered one of the top three offensive tackles in the draft and likely to be selected in the top 10 or 15.

What they’re saying

Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune:

The Raiders have the fifth overall pick, and although they already inked left tackle Donald Penn to a two-year, $9.6 million contract, would make Lewan the highest Michigan player drafted since Jake Long went first overall in the 2008 draft.

ESPN NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. thinks he could be drafted even higher:

“In terms of (Lewan) going No. 2, that’s not out of the question,” Kiper said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday. “If (the Rams) do take a tackle, he’s right there with Robinson. You could make an argument he’s better than Robinson, and right now, he is.

“Robinson may have the bigger upside, but I think Taylor Lewan, right now, really benefited from coming back his senior year.”

Despite claiming that the Rams could take Lewan, Kiper thinks they’ll select Robinson, but has the Atlanta Falcons drafting Lewan at No. 6 in his mock draft. ESPN’s Todd McShay also has Lewan going to the Falcons.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is less bullish on Lewan:

“I don’t think [Lewan's] going to pass either [Robinson or Matthews],” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “I think he’s going to be the third tackle off the board. Some teams might even like Zack Martin better. He’s going to be the third or fourth tackle, but I believe the third tackle off the board.”

It’s worth noting that Mayock is an analyst for NBC’s coverage of Notre Dame football, so there is likely some bias there regarding Martin.

Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage, responding to a fan question on Twitter, agrees with Mayock:

Peter King of Sports Illustrated also has Lewan in the top 10 of his mock draft:

Bills stunned that Lewan’s still hanging around, and they pass on tight end Eric Ebron, who could be a great security blanket for E.J. Manuel. Keep in mind that GM Doug Whaley is very much open for business here, and could trade down and still get another guy they love: Odell Beckham.

Regardless of where he goes, Lewan will be Michigan’s first first round pick since Brandon Graham was selected 13th overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2010 NFL Draft.

History

Michigan has had a strong history of sending offensive linemen to the NFL, especially in the past 20-25 years. Since 1993, five Michigan offensive linemen have been selected in the first round (center Steve Everitt 14th overall in 1993, tackle Trezelle Jenkins 31st in 1995, guard Steve Hutchinson 17th in 2001, tackle Jeff Backus 18th in 2001, and tackle Jake Long first in 2008). Michigan has had 37 offensive linemen drafted during the common draft period since 1967.

Michael Schofield – OT | Projected: Third Round to Fifth Round

Schofield, like Lewan, didn’t help his draft stock last season due to Michigan’s poor offensive line play, though that wasn’t much to his fault. The former four-star recruit from Orland Park, Ill. did show versatility throughout his career, playing both guard and tackle, which should be a valuable asset in the middle rounds of the draft.

What they’re saying

Kiper says Schofield could be an NFL starter:

“The one that I think is a little underrated is Schofield,” Kiper said. “I think maybe round three, round four … he has a chance to be a nice player for you. … Michael Schofield can be a starting right tackle in this league.”

Mayock was impressed with Schofield at the Senior Bowl, but thinks he will only work out as a right tackle, not a guard.

“Not a highly acclaimed kid; a late add [to the roster],” Mayock said. “I thought he stoned everybody in the [1-on-1] drill. Now, he’s a right tackle only, in my opinion. They tried him at guard. Right tackle only is not a good thing to be in the NFL unless you’re a starter. I think he has the potential to be a starting right tackle.”

The Sun Sentinel’s Omar Kelly lists Schofield among others as a “realistic possibility” for the Dolphins, who have a need at right tackle.

CBSSports.com ranks Schofield as the 11th-best offensive tackle and 108th-best prospect in the draft.

The Big Blue Review, the New York Giants’ SB Nation site, sees Schofield as a good fit for the Giants:

“I really think he does. Giants have traditionally loved grabbing high caliber high school recruits. Schofield was a four-star back then. He’s technically sound and a massive overachiever, which sounds like every successful Giant OL ever. He’s also versatile enough to play guard or right tackle. His personality fits exactly what the Giants look for and seems like a great locker room guy. He drew praise from Mike Mayock at the Senior Bowl, and we know that Jerry Reese and company pay attention there.

“It would not surprise me in the slightest if this guy was a New York Giants selection. I wouldn’t touch him before round 3, maybe Round 4, but can’t ever rule out tackle prospects. Could see him going as early as round 2, though it’d be a slight reach for me.”

History

Michigan has had a player drafted as an offensive lineman in each of the past three drafts. Last year, the New York Jets took William Campbell in the sixth round. Although Campbell played on the defensive side of the ball at Michigan, the Jets drafted him as an offensive guard. David Molk was selected in the seventh round of the 2012 draft by the San Diego Chargers, and while he didn’t last long in San Diego, he signed a futures contract with the Philadelphia Eagles this past January. In 2011, Stephen Schilling was drafted in the sixth round by the Chargers, and after spending time on their practice squad and even starting a couple of games in his rookie season, signed with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks last month.

Jeremy Gallon – WR | Projected: Fourth Round to Seventh Round

Gallon is an interesting case study because he finished his career as one of the greatest receivers in Michigan history, but doesn’t figure to be drafted highly. That’s obviously because of his height. With the numbers he put up, if he had a typical receiver size he’d be a first round lock. But he proved at Michigan that he plays much taller than his 5’8″ frame and could still be a dangerous weapon in the right offense as a slot receiver.

What they’re saying

Kiper thought Gallon performed well at the Combine:

“Ran better than I thought he would, showed 4.5, 4.6 speed (in games),” Kiper said. “He was caught from behind in several of the games I watched, but he ran great (at the combine). A kid with that size, a slot receiver, could be an early day-three pick.”

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe lists Gallon among his top specialists:

Small frame will drop him down draft despite big senior season (1,373 receiving yards, nine TDs) but returned kickoffs and punts at Michigan to help his value.

ESPN ranks Gallon as the 45th-best receiver available.

CBSSports.com ranks Gallon as the 58th-best receiver and 465th-best prospect overall.

WEEI.com football writer Christopher Price has Gallon as a “sleeper for Patriots fans to focus on”:

The Patriots made the pilgrimage out to Ann Arbor in March to work out the undersized (5-foot-8, 187-pound) Gallon, who put up impressive numbers over the last two years with the Wolverines, including 89 catches for 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. (He had 184 yards against Notre Dame and 369 yards on 14 receptions against Indiana.) He also posted good numbers as a return man, compiling 589 yards on 27 kick returns in 2010, and 192 yards on 31 punt returns in 2011. There are some questions as to whether or not he’ll hold up because of his size, but could project nicely as a slot receiver at the next level if he proves to be durable, and the fact that LeGarrette Blount has departed as a free agent means the Patriots could be in the market for a returner.

History

Michigan has had 26 receivers selected since the common draft began in 1967. The last Michigan receiver to be drafted was Junior Hemingway, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2012 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Prior to that, Michigan had gone three years without a receiver being drafted after having five taken in the four drafts from 2005-08. The highest receiver Michigan has ever had drafted was Braylon Edwards, who was selected third overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2005.

Denard to don the winged helmet one last time

Friday, January 25th, 2013


Four years ago, a shy kid that no one wanted to play quarterback arrived in Ann Arbor, hundreds of miles north of anything he knew, eager to get a chance to play the position only one coach gave him a shot to play. Tomorrow, as he prepares to don the winged helmet a final time in the Senior Bowl (4pm EST on NFL Network), Denard Robinson will officially close out one of the most impressive careers the famed helmet has ever seen. And it won’t be at quarterback.

The man everyone calls Shoelace shattered records like they were windows on a driving range and etched his name into more spots in the Michigan annals than anyone can ever dream of. And while he ended his Michigan career fourth in passing attempts, sixth in completions, fourth in yards, and fourth in touchdowns, his future is at another position.

This week in Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Ala., Denard spent his time running pass routes instead of throwing them and fielding punts and kickoffs. He was limited on Monday and Tuesday due to the elbow nerve injury that has plagued him since the Nebraska game, but was given clearance for full contact on Wednesday. The consensus seems to be that he has immense potential, but he’s a work in progress.

“He has a lot of confidence in his ability, but at the same time he understands that he doesn’t know everything that he needs to know about playing the wide receiver position,” said Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen. “But he’s very willing to learn. That’s the biggest thing, is guys understanding and being willing to put forth the effort to try to learn the position.”

Allen, who will be coaching the North team that Denard is a part of tomorrow, has raved about Denard’s athleticism and potential all week. But it’s his work ethic and attitude that will allow him to succeed. Every NFL Draft is full of talented college stars who are character risks, but throughout his career Denard has shown himself to be a hard-working, humble guy who won’t let fame and stardom get to his head. And that’s the type of kid an NFL team will take a chance on.

He’s trying to fit the mold of other college quarterbacks that have made the transition to receiver at the next level, such as Indiana’s Antwaan Randle-El, who had a productive career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins, and Kentucky’s Randall Cobb, who now stars for the Green Bay Packers. But it certainly hasn’t come easy, especially judging punts and kickoffs, which he has struggled at this week.

“I want to be good already,” Denard said. “I want to be great already, so of course I thought I could be better. I’m always striving to be better.”

He’s not slated to return kicks tomorrow, but he will see plenty of snaps at receiver and could drastically improve his draft stock with a head-turning performance. The ideal situation would be to get the ball in space in several different ways, whether on end-arounds or quick screens, but he’s going to have to prove he can run efficient routes and catch the ball when given opportunities in order to earn a high draft slot.

Of course, following the Senior Bowl, Denard will have either a pro day in Ann Arbor or the NFL Combine in mid-February to continue to hone his skills and prove draft-worthy. That means a subpar performance tomorrow won’t destroy his chances, but an impressive performance could really help them.

“Really, it’s the more you can do. That’s the way the NFL is,” said an NFL general manager. “He’s out there trying to return kicks, he’s out there trying to return punts, trying to learn the receiver thing. You’ve got a lot of guys who can kind of do multiple things. If he wants to be in the NFL that’s got to be his approach. And he’s attacking it, he’s trying to show everybody he’s trying to do whatever. That’s what it’s all about. You just want to see him try to get in the game and hopefully have a little bit of success.”

College football all-star games preview (Week 1)

Friday, January 18th, 2013


With the college football season over and next year’s freshmen getting ready to submit their letters of intent, the departing seniors get one last moment to shine in the winged helmet before heading to the NFL. Five Wolverines will take the field over the next two weekends along with the top seniors from around the country to give NFL scouts one more on-field look before February’s NFL Scouting Combine. Some will be looking to simply secure a draft spot. Others will be trying to improve their standing. Still others will be attempting to show they can improve their stock by switching positions. Let’s take a look at the games and the Michigan stars who will be competing in them.

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 | 3pm EST
Raycom All-Star Classic | Montgomery, Ala. | CBS Sports

This year marks the first Raycom All-Star Classic, which was created to give more college football seniors a chance to participate in an end-of-season all-star game. It will be held at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. and will feature the Stripes team, coached by former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Reeves, and the Stars team, coached by former NFL coach Jim Bates. 

Receiver Roy Rountree will suit up for the Stripes team hoping to prove to NFL scouts that he’s worthy of a draft pick. He put up a productive career at Michigan, finishing sixth in career receiving yards, just six yards behind Mario Manningham and 13 behind David Terrell. He also has some experience in stripes, catching the game-winning pass to beat Notre Dame in the Under the Lights game last season.

NFLDraftScout.com ranks Roundtree the 44th-best receiver in the Draft and the 999th overall prospect, which may not be enough to get drafted. But with a good performance on Saturday and in Michigan’s pro day or the Combine, he could prove capable of being a dependable possession receiver like former Michigan receiver Jason Avant has been for the Philadelphia Eagles. Roundtree will wear No. 89 in the game, rather than his familiar No. 21 (or 12).

Other players of note in the game are: Iowa QB James Vandenberg (Stripes), Purdue QB Robert Marve (Stripes), Alabama DLs Quinton Dial and Damion Square (Stripes), LSU WR Russell Shepard (Stars), and Notre Dame WR Robby Toma (Stars).

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Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 | 4pm EST
East-West Shrine Game | St. Petersburg, Fla. | NFL Network

The East-West Shrine Game has been in existence since 1925, benefiting the Shriners Hospitals for Children. As the longest-running college football all-star game, it typically draws a solid group of players, and 246 former players from the game are currently on NFL rosters. The East team is coached by former NFL and college coach Jerry Glanville, while the West team will be headed by former Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Leeman Bennett. 

Will Campbell never really lived up to the hype he arrived in Ann Arbor with, but became a senior leader this past season and helped solidify Michigan’s defensive line that entered the season full of questions. He earned All-Big Ten honorable mention honors from the media and finished his career with 63 tackles, five for loss, and three sacks.

In order to earn a draft spot, he will have to shed the bust label with a solid performance and a good showing in the NFL Combine. By all reports, he has impressed in Shrine Bowl practices. Draftinsider.net’s Tony Pauline described him as dominant and unstoppable. CBSSports.com ranks him as the 18th-best defensive tackle prospect and a late sixth-round pick. He will be wearing his usual No. 73 for the West team in the game.

Other notable players in the game include: Penn State LB Gerald Hodges (East), Purdue CB Josh Johnson (East), Iowa WR Kennan Davis (West), Western Michigan (and former Michigan) OL Dann O’Neill (West), Iowa CB Micah Hyde (West), Notre Dame S Zeke Motta (West), and Ohio State LB Nathan Williams (West).

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Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 | 9pm EST
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl | Carson, Calif. | ESPN2

The third and final bowl this Saturday has been around since 2006 under the name Texas vs. Nation Game and last year moved to California and sponsored by the National Football League Players Association. It’s a chance for some of the lesser-known seniors to perform one last time as a college player and impress NFL scouts. It also allows underclassmen entering the Draft to play. The American team will be coached by former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards, while the National team will be headed by former Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil. 

Elliott Mealer earned a starting spot this season as Michigan’s center after serving as a reserve offensive lineman the previous two seasons. One of the most inspirational stories of the last few years, Mealer has been a fan favorite due to the accident that resulted in the loss of his father and girlfriend and the paralyzation (and comeback) of his brother Brock. Oh yeah, and the epic beard he grew this season.

He has a lot of work to do to garner a draft pick, given that he started only one season, but he’s a hard-worker and could wind up on an NFL roster somewhere even if he goes undrafted. NFLDraftScout.com ranks him as the 65th-best guard in the draft. He will wear No. 76 for the National team on Saturday.

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Next week, we will profile the final all-star games that feature Michigan’s most well-known departing seniors, Denard Robinson and Jordan Kovacs.

The Michigan Medley discusses the importance of Lewan’s return

Thursday, January 10th, 2013


Yesterday afternoon, offensive tackle Taylor Lewan announced in a press conference that he would return to school for his senior season. It came as a surprise to nearly everybody as the 6’8″, 309-pound junior was projected to be a high first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. It’s rare for a player of his caliber to forego what would have certainly been a large paycheck, but it’s very refreshing to see.

During the Lloyd Carr tenure, especially as his career went on, it seemed that making the jump was pretty much the norm, though Jake Long, Chad Henne, and Mike Hart all stayed for their senior season. Long, like Lewan, was a sure-fire high draft pick and parlayed the gamble to come back into the top overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Lewan has the potential to do the same as long as he can avoid the injury bug.

Lewan proved his NFL potential by shutting down Jadeveon Clowney in the Outback Bowl

It’s always a risky move to put on hold an NFL contract for one more year of college ball. Just ask USC quarterback Matt Barkley who would have likely been a first round pick last season, but chose to return and suffered through a poor and injury-riddled season that will likely hurt his draft stock this April. On the other hand, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck did the same a year ago and it payed off.

What’s most impressive in my opinion is the reasons Lewan stated for his decision. For one, he loves college, and that was evident more than ever during Wednesday night’s basketball game against Nebraska when Lewan got up in front of the band and led them in The Victors. Secondly, he stated that he has unfinished business, having not achieved a Big Ten title yet in his career. Third, Michigan has a long tradition of great offensive linemen such as Jon Jansen and Steve Hutchinson, in addition to Long, who have stayed through their senior years and still went on to long and productive NFL careers. Lewan realized that and what a special opportunity it is to play for Michigan.

“If you play at the University of Michigan, whether it’s basketball, hockey, football, there’s a tradition here and there’s something you want to be a part of,” Lewan said. “And if I do what I need to do, I’ll be able to play in the NFL for however long, but you only get one more year of college.”

The other reason he gave for returning is the most telling and the most important: he wanted to be a leader the way last year’s senior offensive lineman, David Molk, was for the younger guys on the team. Brady Hoke has brought in a great haul of offensive linemen to fill a void that was left thin by the previous regime. While the young guys such as Kyle Kalis, Blake Bars, Ben Braden, and Erik Magnuson, as well as this year’s incoming class, are extremely talented, perhaps nothing is more valuable than being able to grow and learn alongside an All-American to see what it takes to become one and what it takes to be a lock for the first round of the NFL Draft.

The foundation that was put in place by Janson and Hutchinson and Long and Molk has now transcended three coaching staffs and personifies exactly what it means to be a Michigan Man. Had Lewan chosen to make the leap, no one would have blamed him for doing so, but it would have left next year’s offensive line extremely young and inexperienced. That’s not a recipe for success in college football. His return provides leadership in addition to talent and it sets an example for the talented young guys.

“Kyle Kalis and Ben Braden and Erik Magnuson, I want to be a part of their lives for one more year and help them develop into something where they can possibly be in my position in a couple years,” Lewan said.

Lewan’s return is probably the best news Michigan could have received this offseason – better than any recruit Hoke will sign on Feb. 6 – because it will have both an instant impact next season and a residual impact on the future of the offensive line. Bravo to Lewan for embodying what college football is supposed to be about rather than simply using it as a stepping stone to the riches of the NFL.

Mike Martin to Don Winged Helmet for Last Time in Senior Bowl

Saturday, January 28th, 2012


This afternoon, Michigan fans get one final chance to see Mike Martin in a winged helmet when he takes the field for the North team in the Senior Bowl.

The beloved Michigan senior defensive tackle who persevered through three different head coaches, multiple coordinators, and two losing seasons, had a great 2011 campaign but it has been his efforts in Senior Bowl practices that have the NFL scouts raving.

He has been going up against Ohio State center Mike Brewster in practice and from all accounts has gotten the better of the matchup.

ESPN’s Todd McShay has been impressed: “If Michigan DT Mike Martin took a play off I haven’t seen it,” McShay tweeted. “Only 6-1 but 207 lbs and violent hands. There’s a place in (the) NFL for this guy.”

Scout’s Scott Kennedy agrees. “Once they went 11v11, every time I checked the offensive backfield, Michigan DT Mike Martin was in it disrupting things,” he tweeted.

Martin has been working with former Michigan strength coach Mike Barwis since the season ended in preparation for Aprils NFL Draft. Analyst Mel Kiper projects Martin a second or third round pick, but his performance in the Senior Bowl and in the upcoming NFL combine could help his stock rise.

“Mike Martin is a freak, no question,” said Barwis. “His body is amazing, his physical attributes are incredible. He’s going to turn the senior bowl and combine upside down, and people are going to be shocked what he’s able to do at 300 pounds. He’s gotten a lot stronger, a lot more explosive.”

Tune in to the NFL Network today at 4pm Eastern time to watch Martin compete against the top seniors from the south.