With the 2015-16 Michigan football season in the books it’s time to turn our attention to the offseason, mainly the 2016 NFL Draft.
Going into the season, most fans, analysts and UM people were pretty coy about how Michigan would fare during the season and if they even had eligible NFL talent on the roster. Oh how times have changed. Thanks to Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff, Team 136 went from a possible 7-5 season to a 10-3 finish with a Citrus Bowl blowout as the cherry on top. That also included the rise of several top names up the NFL draft board rankings.
Check out where Michigan’s top NFL draft eligible players sit on my latest Draft Stock Watch board:
|TE Jake Butt*||JR||1st-3rd||1st-2nd|
|CB Jourdan Lewis*||JR||2nd-4th||2nd-3rd|
|DL Willie Henry||RS JR||3rd-6th||3rd-5th|
|DT Chris Wormley*||RS JR||3rd-5th||3rd-5th|
|WR Jehu Chesson*||RS JR||7th-UDFA||3rd-6th|
|OL Graham Glasgow||5th||4th-6th||4th-6th|
|WR Amara Darboh*||RS JR||5th-7th||5th-7th|
|QB Jake Rudock||5th||6th-UDFA||6th-7th|
|OLB Mario Ojemudia||SR||5th-UDFA||6th-UDFA|
|RB DeVeon Smith*||JR||5th-UDFA||6th-UDFA|
|FB Sione Houma||SR||UDFA||6th-UDFA|
|S Jarrod Wilson||SR||4th-7th||6th-UDFA|
|LB Joe Bolden||SR||3rd-5th||6th-UDFA|
|LB Royce Jenkins-Stone||SR||6th-UDFA||7th-UDFA|
|LB James Ross||SR||6th-UDFA||7th-UDFA|
|TE AJ Williams||SR||UDFA||7th-UDFA|
|FB Joe Kerridge||5th||6th-UDFA||UDFA-Unsigned|
|LB Desmond Morgan||5th||7th-UDFA||UDFA-Unsigned|
Unlike our rivals from the south, Michigan’s top, eligible upperclassman will not be leaving town in search for an NFL paycheck. Instead, Team 137 is expected to return almost all of it’s top talent and playmakers from this past season to try and take a run at both the B1G crown and the CFB playoff.
Photo Credit: Melanie Maxwell | The Ann Arbor News