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2015 NFL Draft Prospects: Michigan

These are the school's prospects for the 2015 NFL Draft

  1. Devin Funchess*, WR, Michigan
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 230.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2015): 1-4.

    2/14/15: Funchess notched 62 receptions in 2014 for 733 yards and four touchdowns. He had a nagging leg injury that bothered him during the season.

    Funchess is potentially a special prospect as a tight end, but his value decreases as a receiver. Funchess dropped a number of passes against Michigan State that could have gone for big plays. He showed a lack of ability to win contested catches, and that is concerning for a receiver who isn't a true speed threat. Funchess also struggled to get off of the Spartans' press coverage. Adding strength for tight end to improve his blocking would be the best path for Funchess to pursue as a prospect.

    8/27/14: Funchess is moving to wide receiver as a junior, but the NFL will see more value in him as a tight end. There are plenty of big receivers who don't have elite speed, but dangerous receiving tight ends are harder to find.

    Funchess showed some serious receiving ability in 2013. He was an All-Big Ten First-Team selection and the Big Ten tight end of the year. Funchess had 49 receptions for 748 yards and six touchdowns. That yardage set a Michigan record for a tight end in a single season. He had impressive games against Ohio State (4-41-1), Michigan State (6-66), Penn State (4-112-2) and Minnesota (7-151-1). Funchess has the speed to beat defenders and great length to make catches over them.

    Funchess recorded 15 catches for 234 yards and five scores as a freshman in 2012. He'll need should fill out his frame with another 10-20 pounds of muscle for the NFL, plus improve his run blocking.
  2. Jake Ryan, OLB/ILB, Michigan
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 236.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.73.
    Projected Round (2015): 3-5.

    1/31/15: Ryan showed flashes of his 2012 form in 2014, and looked better on a weekly basis. For the year, he totaled 112 tackles with 14 tackles for a loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles, one interception and three passes broken up. Ryan had three tackles for a loss with double-digit tackles against Penn State and Utah. He is a tough run-defender who needs to improve his pass coverage for the NFL. Ryan was solid at the East-West Shrine.

    8/23/14: After an ACL tear in spring practice of 2013, Ryan made his return to the field in amazingly quick fashion. In a limited role against Penn State in early October, he had three tackles and a tackle for a loss.

    Ryan wasn't the same player he was in 2012, but he contributed for his team. The junior had 30 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss. Ryan would have been better off taking a redshirt and having another year of eligibility to play college ball.

    Ryan was Michigan's best defensive player in 2012, so it was understandable why they were desperate to have him back. Ryan led the team in tackles with 88 in 2012. As a sophomore, he also had 16 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, three passes batted and four forced fumbles in a sensational season.

    Ryan recorded 37 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, three sacks and one forced fumble in 2011. He is a pure football player with toughness, intelligence and good instincts.
  3. Frank Clark, DE, Michigan
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 277.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.86.
    Projected Round (2015): 7-FA.

    1/31/15: Clark sent himself into the undrafted ranks when he was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence after an altercation in a hotel. Clark could face felony charges and was immediately dismissed from the Wolverines program. He allegedly punched and threw down his girlfriend. Clark had 4.5 sacks with 13.5 tackles for loss and 42 tackles in his 10 games this season. He flashed pass-rushing skills and disruptiveness, and played better than his totals indicate, but the NFL's current focus on domestic violence really hurts Clark as a prospect.

    8/23/14: Clark flashed at times in 2013, but the junior wasn't consistent enough. He racked up 42 tackles with 4.5 sacks, 12 tackles for a loss and one pass defended. Clark was a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection for his year.

    The Wolverines are counting on Clark to step up and produce a big senior year. In 2012, he totaled 25 tackles with two sacks, nine tackles for a loss, three passes batted and a forced fumble. Clark had 10 tackles and .5 sacks as a freshman.
  4. Devin Gardner, QB/WR, Michigan
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.69.
    Projected Round (2015): 7-FA.

    2/14/15: Gardner's accuracy, decision-making and ball placement are his fatal flaws. He completed 62 percent of his passes in 2014 for 1,896 yards with 10 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Gardner was benched against Minnesota, but returned to the starting lineup against Rutgers. He should play wide receiver in the NFL.

    8/27/14: Gardner completed 60 percent of his passes in 2013 for 2,960 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. After playing well against Notre Dame, he struggled against Toledo, Connecticut and Michigan State. Gardner threw for 503 yards against Indiana. He also totaled 483 net yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground across the season.

    Gardner began 2012 as a wide receiver before starting four games at quarterback to end the year. The junior completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,219 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also ran for 101 yards and seven touchdowns. As a receiver, Gardner caught 16 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns.

    Gardner is a good athlete who could be subject to a lot of debate about his future position in the NFL. He needs a strong fifth year in 2014 and needs to show the ability to be an effective pocket passer if he wants to remain a quarterback. Michigan has new offense that is supposed to fit Gardner better and produce a more consistent passing attack.
  5. Will Hagerup, P, MICH
    Height: 0-0. Weight: 0.
    40 Time: .
    Projected Round (2015): 6-FA.

  6. Will Hagerup, P, Michigan
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 227.
    Projected Round (2014): 6-FA.

    11/30/13: Hagerup has averaged 45 yards per punt this season with a long of 62 yards.

    8/20/13: Hagerup has been a consistent performer for Michigan. He averaged 45 yards per punt with 13 of over 50 yards and three downed inside the 20-yard line last season. Hagerup averaged 36 yards in 2011 and 43 yards per punt in 2010.

  7. James Ross III, OLB, MICH
    Height: 0-0. Weight: 0.
    40 Time: .
    Projected Round (2015): FA.

    12/13/14: Ross has 32 tackles with three tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles on the season.

    8/23/14: Ross earned a starting spot as a sophomore and had a quality season for Michigan. He recorded 81 tackles with 1.5 sacks, five tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and two passes defended. As a freshman, Ross rotated into the game and chipped in 36 tackles on the season while also contributing on special teams. He has upside and the potential to rise.


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