2016 NFL Draft Profiles: Michigan Defensive End Mario Ojemudia

April 27, 2016 by  
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Ojemudia's senior season in Ann Arbor ended due to injury and his redshirt request was denied, leading him to prepare for the NFL.

The Basics
Age Height Weight 40-Time Bench Press
21 6'2'' 255 pound 4.82 seconds 20 Reps

Mario Ojemudia had an excellent start to his 2015 season, stepping in at the BUCK spot in Michigan's defense and showing extreme growth in his game. He tore his Achilles in the Maryland game, which ended his senior season. He attempted to receive a redshirt to play one more season in Ann Arbor, but was denied, leaving him to prepare for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Strengths

Put everything together in the first five games of 2015. He is a defensive end by trade, but certainly has the tools to move to linebacker in the NFL. He fits the bill of a pro player physically and possesses a good punch. Good at shedding blocks to tackle the ball carrier. Jim Harbaugh believes he is a pro prospect, which scouts may hold in higher regard.

Weaknesses

Could be a bit quicker off the snap and chasing down players. Is not a pure pass rusher by any means and is a project having started only seven games in his career. Injury rehab could force him to miss time leading up to the season which may stunt his growth a bit.

Overview

All we ever really saw of Ojemudia while at Michigan were glimpses of what he could be. Had a great start to his senior season but his injury prevented scouts from seeing if he could build on that. He is a tough player that has shown enough to be considered a pro prospect, so he is definitely worth a flier at the back end of the draft. Should end up on an NFL roster in training camp, regardless.

Projection: 7th Round

2016 NFL Draft Profile: Michigan Offensive Lineman Graham Glasgow

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Glasgow proved a versatile piece up front for the Wolverines on offense. What can he bring to an NFL franchise?

The Basics
Age Height Weight 40-Time Bench Press
23 6'6'' 307 5.13 23 Reps

Glasgow walked on to the football program at the University of Michigan, but leaves it as one of its best offensive lineman from the last few years and a versatile offensive line talent that will play in the NFL. He has played both guard spots and started every game at center in 2015 and nine starts there in 2013.

Strengths

As it was mentioned already above, Glasgow's ability to play multiple positions along the offensive line make him a fit on any NFL roster. He emerged as a leader in the later stages of his Michigan career and plays with a mean streak. He possesses a strong lower half and holds his blocks well.

Weaknesses

Average athlete who needs to improve his footwork. Self-proclaimed "false start king" has to improve his awareness to avoid pre-snap penalties. Some character concerns. Arrested in March 2014 for DUI and probation was extended because he consumed alcohol during his initial probation.

Overview

Glasgow was a three-year starter at Michigan and bounced back nicely from his arrest in 2014 to become one of the leaders on the team in Jim Harbaugh's first season in Ann Arbor. With him not being as athletic as teams may want in today's NFL, he still has the look of a quality reserve offensive lineman who can hold his own when called into action at multiple positions.

Projection: 4th-to-5th Round

Wednesday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Michigan Offers 5-Star WR, More

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In Wednesday's roundup, we discuss Michigan dropping on some visits, recent offers, and more.

Jordan Reid Visits Michigan

According to Steve Lorenz of Wolverine 247, Michigan hosted 3* OL Jordan Reid ($) on Tuesday. Reid is a guy we spoke to about a month ago after a solo visit to Michigan. He currently has them second on his list, as Michigan trails Florida for the top spot. Reid is from Detroit, so Michigan has had him on campus more than anybody by a landslide. I would pit this race between the wolverines and the gators, as of right now.

Deontre Thomas Will Commit April 30th, Trending The Wrong Way

After his visit during the Michigan spring game April 1st, 3* DL Deontre Thomas (OK) named Michigan his leader. He followed up on those comments with us, which you can read here, and said he was leaning towards Michigan. With that reassurance in place, and having no visits planned, it was almost certain he would be committing to Michigan. Over the weekend, Thomas headed to Nebraska, and things took a turn. Steve Lorenz of Wolverine 247 put in a crystal ball for Thomas to Nebraska, and he's rarely wrong. MnB has spoke with him on a regular basis, and have reason to believe it's a tight race that Michigan will lose, as of now.

5-Star WR Tee Higgins Wants to Visit Michigan

5-star WR Tee Higgins (Oak Ridge, TN) said recently that he wants to visit Michigan soon($), according to Steve Lorenz. Higgins is the second-overall WR in the country, and the 15th overall player, according to the 247 composite rankings. Currently, Higgins is trending towards Clemson, but a Michigan visit could change everything, as we have seen happen plenty of times.

2018 4* LB Solomon Tuliaupupu High on Michigan After Offer

MnB caught up with the four-star linebacker out of Claremont, CA, and the full piece will be out later today. Tuliaupupu has offers from BYU, Washington and now, Michigan. Since he's a 2018, the offers will likely begin to roll in for him soon. He said it's too early right now for a top list, but that he's very interested in U-M.

He also had a nice thing to say about Jim Harbaugh in a clip from the full article.

"Coach Harbaugh seems like a great coach and person to be around," he said. "I feel has great energy that empowers the people around him and make them better, like a true leader."

Tuliaupupu will likely visit Michigan in the summer.

The Michigan Man Podcast Episode 306: Recruiting Update with Brandon Brown

April 26, 2016 by  
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Brandon Brown from The Wolverine joins to talk recruiting.

In this edition, Brandon Brown of The Wolverine joins to discuss recruiting and more! Listen using the player below:

WSJ: Detroit Listed As One Of 5 Cities Leading the Way in Urban Innovation

April 26, 2016 by  
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The city (Detroit) hopes to encourage startup businesses and small-scale redevelopment projects by creating ‘pink zones’ with a simpler approval process. PHOTO: SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL Cities are the future. In 2008, for the first time in history, more human beings lived in cities than in rural areas. The United Nations projects that by 2050 nearly two-thirds of the world’s projected 9.7

Department of Justice Looking into NCAA Satellite Camp Ban

April 26, 2016 by  
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This is getting serious.

There was plenty of backlash against the Michigan Wolverines and Head Coach Jim Harbaugh earlier in the offseason about satellite camps, but now that the NCAA has actually banned them the tide appears to be turning the other way.

No less than the United States Department of Justice has begun looking into the topic of satellite camps, according to USA Today and several other outlets. A couple of anonymous sources leaked the information.

Why would the DOJ care about college football and satellite camps? The answer is the potential effect a ban could have on opportunities for high school players to interact with college coaches.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, a congressional delegate representing the District of Columbia, sent a two-page letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert listing her concerns:

From the Detroit Free Press:

"I am concerned that this new NCAA rule will restrict and reduce educational opportunities for high school student athletes in the District of Columbia by limiting opportunities for District youth to gain exposure (and) showcase their athletic talents and potentially earn a college scholarship."

The NCAA Division 1 Council voted to ban the camps — with some voters no doubt motivated by the perception that Harbaugh was abusing the system — on April 8. However, the vote goes to the NCAA Board of Directors for potential ratification April 28.

Rather than hurting Harbaugh, the ban is more likely to hurt lesser-known players who could be recruited to Group of 5, FCS and Division II programs for scholarships, not to mention the schools themselves.

The Big 10 was the only Power 5 league to vote against the ban, but clearly this saga is far from over.

Michigan Officially Signs Nike Deal for $173.8 Million, Takes Effect on Aug. 1

April 26, 2016 by  
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The deal is officially official after the announcement 10 months ago.

The University of Michigan athletic department has officially signed its apparel deal with sports giant Nike and will take effect on Aug. 1.

The deal, which was signed by new athletic director Warde Manuel on March 16, is for $173.8 million total through 2031 should the university decide to extend the deal as far as it can go. The original reported number was $169 million following the announcement of the apparel switch from Adidas last July.

Michigan will be paid $85 million in apparel and other Nike products through the duration of the 15-year contract on top of $88.8 million in base compensation, which included a $12 million lump sum payment within 10 days of the deal being signed on March 16.

There are also incentive-based payments for football and basketball, which include:

  • $10,000 for a football appearance in the Big Ten Championship game
  • $20,000 for a football win in the Big Ten Championship game
  • $25,000 for making the College Football Playoff
  • $50,000 for making the College Football Playoff title game
  • $100,000 for winning the College Football Playoff
  • $25,000 for a men's basketball national title
  • $10,000 for a Big Ten men's basketball title
  • $3,500 for a top-five men's basketball ranking and/or .950 winning percentage
  • $7,500 for a women's basketball national title
  • $5,000 for a Big Ten women's basketball title
  • $3,000 for a top-five women's basketball ranking and/or .950 winning percentage
  • With all of this of course comes the use of the "Jumpman" brand for the basketball and football programs. Michigan Football will be the first school in the country with the Jumpman logo on its gear.

    2016 NFL Draft Profile: Michigan Football Defensive Tackle Willie Henry

    April 26, 2016 by  
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    Henry left Ann Arbor with a season of eligibility remaining and has a ton of upside. Where does he fit into the draft picture?

    The Basics
    Age Height Weight 40-Time Vertical
    22 6'3'' 303 pounds 5.00

    30.5 inches

    Willie Henry is an example of a prospect without a whole lot of buzz on the recruiting trail, but was able to improve each season at Michigan and blossom into a player with NFL dreams ahead of him. He was a key cog along the defensive line last season for the Wolverines and tied for the team lead in sacks with 6.5 to go along with 10 tackles for loss. After the 2015 season, he decided he would test the waters and enter the draft with a season of eligibility remaining.

    Strengths

    Henry is explosive off the snap and fires out low. Obviously a bigger player, but is an extremely athletic pass rusher that moved around the defensive line in his time at Michigan. Shows good burst at both end and tackle and finishes plays in impressive fashion. Has the look of a player who's best football is still ahead of him and has a ton of upside.

    Weaknesses

    While a very good pass rusher, Henry is a bit less polished against the run, but still good with room to grow. Needs to improve his discipline with pre-snap penalties. Drops his head off the snap at times which leads him to lose sight of the football. The tools are there, but technique isn't quite yet. We will see how that changes with NFL coaching.

    Overview

    Mel Kiper Jr. said back in January that he could see Henry moving into the first round, which may be his upside, but the film would suggest he is a mid-round pick. Henry has all of the tools to be a contributor on an NFL defensive line, and maybe even a starter at some point, but he is still raw and in need of some refinements to his technique. He could come off the board sometime late in the second round depending on how some team's boards shake out, but the top half of round three looks like the spot for Henry.

    Projection: 2nd-to-3rd Round

    Tuesday Morning Brews: Michigan’s Best-Kept Secret

    April 26, 2016 by  
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    Four spring games took place this weekend around the Big Ten, plus some transfer news and highlighting a great tight end prospect.

    Don't Sleep On U-M Commit Carter Dunaway

    Grant Perry earning a scholarship offer was cool. Chase Lasater committing to Jim Harbaugh on the spot was great, as well. But one of my favorite recruiting-related stories has been the quiet rise of Carter Dunaway, a legacy commit and a guy who committed to Jim Harbaugh back when he was still a back-up sophomore tight end for Brother Rice High School.

    Almost immediately after, a couple sites made him a three-star despite the complete lack of film of the young man. His star totals have been mostly untouched since; Dunaway has attracted attention like Mark Dantonio attracts respect.

    But now that Dunaway has put a full season of starting under his belt (and multiplied his career production eighteen times over), Dunaway has earned his stars and then some. In fact, it might be time to start talking about him as one of the underrated pick-ups by Jim Harbaugh.

    "What I like about him is he has the ability to catch the ball and accelerate to make a play down the field," Brother Rice head coach Dave Sofran told the Free Press. "That'll be one of his best assets, He's got pretty good speed for his size. His ability to catch the ball is a strength and he's reliable."

    Harbaugh has a history of finding great tight ends - sometimes before they even start for their high school team. And he's got a winner in Dunaway.

    Hitting the Links Won't Discuss DeflateGate

    D.O.J. Is Looking Into Satellite Camp Ban

    Hopefully this doesn't turn out like DeflateGate.

    Grading The Spartans' Spring Game | Breaking Down The QBs

    Agreed with everything in the first column. The offensive line was very solid. The linebackers are a revelation; the secondary looks improved. This defense will be tough.

    Wisconsin Spring Game Recap

    An even shorter recap: the defense looked great. Corey Clement looked great. A whole lot of positions are still in development after that, though.

    7 Things We Learned From Iowa's Scrimmage

    The blocking and the defense were in good form. I loved the confidence by both back-up quarterbacks, and in the long term I'm excited about redshirt freshman QB Drew Cook. Big frame, looked comfortable making decisions, and good wheels for a pro-style guy.

    Observations From Rutgers' Spring Game

    This team is going to throw it to their running backs a lot, and run it even more. They looked more solid along the line of scrimmage than I was expecting, which is huge. The defense looks more athletic than they did last year. Overall, not bad at all.

    Larry Fitzgerald's Letter To The 2016 NFL Draft Class

    It's been a slow week, but here was a substantive draft-related link that I appreciated.

    See, I told you it was a slow week.

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    Michigan Hockey: JT Compher Inks Deal with the Colorado Avalanche

    April 25, 2016 by  
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    The last remnant of the CCM line has decided to take his talents to the NHL.

    Red Berenson returned to Ann Arbor to coach at least one more season for Michigan Hockey, but his team will look a whole lot different next year.

    Junior forward and captain JT Compher signed an NHL contract on Monday with the Colorado Avalanche, according to the team's Twitter account.

    With Compher's departure, Michigan's famed "CCM" line is officially entirely gone after Kyle Connor and Tyler Mottesigned pro contracts with the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks, respectively. Defenseman Michael Downing and Zach Werenski also left the program early to head to the NHL.

    Compher had had 16 goals and 47 assists and finished second in the nation in points (63) this season. He was originally a first round pick of the Buffalo Sabres before being traded to the Avalanche.

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