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Michigan Football: Complete Pro Day Results and Analysis

Joel GreerCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2016

Michigan Football: Complete Pro Day Results and Analysis

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    Michigan's participation in the NFL Draft has been rather lean during the last few seasons.
    In fact, only 10 Wolverines have been drafted in the last four years, with Brandon Graham (2010) the only first-rounder.

    Relatively speaking, 19 Michigan players were drafted from 2005-08, four in the first round alone.

    The 2013 group isn't expected to fare any better when the draft is held April 25-27 in New York City.

    Except for Denard Robinson, few Wolverines will land in the top three rounds, let alone being drafted at all. Still 12 U-M seniors participated in today's NFL pro day, along with scouts from 29 NFL clubs.

    Let's see who impressed the team reps.  

DT William Campbell

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    Pro Day Results: 6'4.5" 311 lbs, 5.15 40-yard dash, 35-rep bench press, 4.71 short shuttle, 7.28 3-cone drill, 8'11" broad jump (via  NFL.com)

    NFL Combine Results: N/A

    NFL Grade: N/A

    Analysis: The 5-star recruit from Detroit Cass Tech was a major disappointment in his first two seasons under Rich Rodriguez.

    After Campbell played sparingly on both the offensive and defensive lines, Brady Hoke moved him back to defense where he excelled during his senior year.

    He spent most of 2012 at nose tackle, where he was named All-Big Ten honorable mention thanks to a 10-tackle outing against Ohio State and a season total of 44.

    At 311 pounds, Campbell is at his lightest since arriving in Ann Arbor around 333 pounds. Campbell was the best Wolverine on the pro day bench press, managing 35 reps to Elliott Mealer's 29. 

    Ironically, Gil Brandt of NFL.com sees Campbell as an offensive line prospect also.

    NFL Draft Projection: Rounds 4-6 

     

     

     

     

     

LB Kenny Demens

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    Pro Day Results: 6'1" 242 lbs, 26-rep bench press, 33.5 vertical jump (via mgoblue.com)

    NFL Combine Results: N/A

    NFL Grade: 58.1 (via NFL.com)

    Analysis: Although he started all 13 games at inside linebacker as a senior, Kenny Demens shared playing time with freshman Joe Bolden.

    Demens appeared slightly undersized at 6’1”,  242 pounds, but still managed 82 tackles during his sophomore and senior years, and a team-leading 94 stops as a redshirt junior. 

    As a redshirt junior, Demens was also named honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches/media) his junior season.

    Demens would be suited any inside linebacker spot in a 3-4,  but his current lack of overall strength might be a liability in a 4-3 scheme.

    NFL Draft Projection: 4-6 


SS Jordan Kovacs

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    Pro Day Results: 5'10.5" 205 lbs, 4.57 40-yard dash, 6.70 3-cone drill, 35" vertical leap, 10'2" broad jump, 4.18 short shuttle, 16-rep bench press (via SBNation.com,  mgoblue.com and  NFL.com)

    NFL Combine Results: N/A

    NFL Grade: 57.9 (via NFL.com)

    Analysis: As a hard-nosed walk-on, Jordan Kovacs became a solid strong safety for the Wolverines.

    Often knocked for his lack of athleticism, Kovacs was able to use superb fundamentals and a high football IQ to be one of Michigan's finest tacklers in recent memory.

    Kovacs possibly quieted some of his doubters with a surprising showing at pro day. His times in 40-yard dash (4.58) and three-cone drill (6.62) beat the NFL combine average for safeties, according to SBNation.com 

    Despite his showing in the drills, Kovacs biggest challenge in the NFL will be in pass coverage where he was struggled in college.

    NFL Draft Projection: 5-7

OG Patrick Omameh

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    Pro Day Results: 6'4" 303 lbs, 5.19 40-yard dash, 27" vertical jump, 8'11" broad jump, 4.65 short shuttle, 22-rep bench press (via NFL.com)

    NFL Combine Results: N/A

    NFL Draft Grade: 66.8 (via NFL.com)

    Analysis: A fixture at right guard, Patrick Omameh started every game for the Wolverines over his last three seasons.

    Omameh fits the mold of a highly intelligent offensive lineman. In addition to being named to the All-Big Ten first team (coaches), Omameh was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team for the third year in a row.

    Although he was first team All-State at Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis De Sales, Rivals.com projected him as a 2-star defensive end, which might explain why he escaped Buckeye Country to join the Wolverines.

    Omameh will eventually be an NFL starter.

    NFL Draft Projection: Rounds: 4-6

WR Denard Robinson

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    Pro Day Results: None reported 

    NFL Combine Results: 5'10" 199 lbs, 40-yard dash: 4.43

    NFL Grade: 70.3 (via NFL.com)

    Analysis: As a starting dual-threat quarterback for Rich Rodriguez in 2010, Denard Robinson threw for 2,570 yards with a solid passing percentage of 59.8.

    When Brady Hoke arrived in 2011, Robinson’s passing percentage and accuracy began to take a dive.

    Many pointed to mechanics while some looked at the offensive transition by the new coaching staff.

    In 2012, Robinson’s passing reached rock bottom before an elbow injury made his throwing arm all but useless.

    Maybe it was a good sign as NFL scouts saw Robinson as more of a return man or receiver than a quarterback.

    With his arm actually improving, Robinson is beginning to show he catching abilities. He caught "everything" at today's pro day, according to SBNation.com.

    Although he didn't throw any passes, the scouts advised him to keep throwing, reported the Detroit Free Press, as Robinson still retains a glimmer of hope to possibly play some quarterback in the NFL. Robinson also caught punts, ran the 60-yard shuttle and participated in receiver drills.   

    Robinson's excellent speed and elusiveness, whether as a receiver, return man, running back or even a pistol formation quarterback, will net him a fruitful career in the NFL.

    NFL Draft Projection: Mid-to-Late 2nd Round

DE Craig Roh

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    Pro Day Results: 6'5" 281 lbs, 33.5" vertical jump (via mgoblue.com)

    NFL Combine Results: N/A

    NFL Grade: 59.9 (via NFL.com)

    Analysis: Craig Roh has been a model of consistency. Since he arrived on campus in 2009, Roh started every game for the Wolverines.

    Beginning at outside linebacker, Roh moved up to defensive end midway through his sophomore year, gaining some 30 lbs in the process.

    Roh became a solid Big Ten defensive end, netting 70 tackles and eight sacks over his last two seasons.

    The lack of pure athleticism is Roh’s only weakness. Should he improve in that regard as he grows older, he could become an NFL starter.

    NFL Draft Projection: Late Rounds

WR Roy Roundtree

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    Pro Day Results: 6'0" 177 lbs, 4.5 40-yard dash, 10'1" broad jump (SBNation.com)

    NFL Combine Results: N/A

    NFL Grade: 58.5 (via NFL.com)

    Analysis: Roy Roundtree exploded onto the scene with 72 receptions as a sophomore in 2010 while Michigan's read/option flourished against the weaker teams.

    When Coach Hoke arrived, his production dropped to 19 catches in 2011, and 31 in 2012. 

    Like Robinson’s statistical drop, Roundtree’s can also be attributed to the new offense or Robinson’s sudden inconsistency at throwing the football.

    Still Roundtree has made several highlight-reel catches and excels in fighting defenders for the ball.

    Despit his adequate straight-line speed (a team best 4.5 at pro day), he’s most often projected as an NFL slot receiver.

    To have a shot at making it there, he’ll have to add some bulk to his 177-pound frame.

    NFL Draft Projection: Rounds 4-6

CB J.T. Floyd

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    Pro Day Results: 6'0" 183 lbs, 36" vertical jump, 10'4" broad jump (via  mgoblue.com)

    NFL Combine Results: N/A

    NFL Grade: N/A

    Analysis: J.T. Floyd began the 2012 season playing on the opposite corner of upcoming star Blake Countess. But when Countess was lost for the season against Alabama, Floyd was forced to assume tougher of the two positions. He responded with a solid senior season, eventually being named All-Big Ten honorable mention, 

    Floyd, who started 34 games for the Wolverines, finished his career with 179 tackles and three interceptions. He also produced Michigan-best vertical (36") and broad jumps (10'4") at pro day.

    While he's shown improvement over the years, he's still not a reliable lockdown corner against the top collegiate receivers, let alone NFL stars.

    NFL Draft Projection: UFA

LB Brandin Hawthorne

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    Pro Day Results: 6'0" 220 lbs, 27-rep bench press (via mgoblue.com)

    NFL Combine Results: N/A

    NFL Grade: N/A

    Analysis: A reverse for most of his career, Brandin Hawthorne did secure five starts as an outside linebacker in 2011, finishing the season with 43 tackles.

    Hawthorne, who spent much of 2012 on the bench, will most like go undrafted with hopes of landing as an NFL free agent this the summer.

    NFL Draft Projection: UFA

LG Ricky Barnum

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    Pro Day Results: 6'3" 296 lbs, None reported

    NFL Combine Results: N/A

    NFL Grade: N/A

    Background/Analysis: 

    A late bloomer, Ricky Barnum never got his first Michigan start until his redshirt senior season.

    Expected to open the season at center, he was instead named to left guard while Elliott Mealer took over as center.

    Barnum was s 4-star prospect and the nation’s No. 5 center prospect, according Rivals.com

    Without accumulating more experience at Michigan, don't expect Barnum to be drafted before the fifth or sixth round.

    NFL Draft Projection: Rounds 5-6

C Elliott Mealer

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    Pro Day Results: 6'5" 308 lbs, 29-rep bench press (via mgoblue.com)

    NFL Combine Results: N/A

    NFL Grade: N/A

    Analysis: Like Barnum, Elliott Mealer didn’t earn his first Michigan start until his redshirt senior season. 

    A 4-star recruit and PrepStar magazine All-American, he has all the tools to get a legitimate shot as an undrafted free agent.

    NFL Draft Projection: UFA 

TB Vincent Smith

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    Pro Day Results: 5'6" 175 lbs, None reported 

    NFL Combine Results: N/A

    NFL Grade: N/A

    Analysis: It's been said that bad publicity is better than no publicity.

    Michigan tailback Vincent Smith's moment in the spotlight came at this year's Outback Bowl.

    The crushing hit he absorbed from South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney and subsequent video nearly outshined the Gamecocks' 33-28 win over Michigan.

    Smith had better days in 2010 when he rushed for 601 yards on 136 carries.

    Although his attempts dropped considerably during 2011 and 2012, his career total of 1,269 yards coupled with his respectable 4.7 yards-per-carry average might make him attractive on the undrafted free agent market.

    NFL Draft Projection: UFA 

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