2016 NFL Draft Stock Watch: Michigan Prospects After the Citrus Bowl

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:

*Definitely returning

Player Class Stock Week One Now
TE Jake Butt*JR1st-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-5th3rd-5th
WR Jehu Chesson* RS JR 7th-UDFA 3rd-6th
OL Graham Glasgow 5th 4th-6th4th-6th
WR Amara Darboh*RS JR 5th-7th5th-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 HoumaSR UDFA 6th-UDFA
S Jarrod Wilson SR 4th-7th6th-UDFA
LB Joe Bolden SR 3rd-5th6th-UDFA
LB Royce Jenkins-StoneSR 6th-UDFA 7th-UDFA
LB James Ross SR 6th-UDFA 7th-UDFA
TE AJ Williams SR UDFA7th-UDFA
FB Joe Kerridge 5th 6th-UDFAUDFA-Unsigned
LB Desmond Morgan5th 7th-UDFAUDFA-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