Michigan Football: Power Ranking Landing Spots for Every Undrafted Free Agent
Offensive linemen Taylor Lewan (first round, Tennessee) and Michael Schofield (third round, Denver) join receiver Jeremy Gallon (seventh round, New England) as selections in the 2014 NFL draft.
But six of their teammates are facing a more difficult path—pursuing dreams of playing professional football as free agents. Some have signed contracts while others are relying on tryouts to show their value to teams.
Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has secured a tryout with the Baltimore Ravens.
The good news is that Greg Mattison is close with Baltimore coach John Harbaugh and can put in a good word for him. Better news is that Baltimore running backs coach Thomas Hammock is familiar with Toussaint, having been running back coach with Wisconsin from 2011-13. Michigan didn’t play Wisconsin during that stretch, but it’s a good bet that Hammock saw a lot of Toussaint in the film room.
The biggest question is whether Toussaint can recapture the confidence that he ran with prior to breaking his leg during the 2012 season.
Toussaint carried the ball 508 times for 2,288 yards and 27 touchdown during his career at Michigan.
Defensive tackle Jibreel Black has been invited to try out for the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he’ll see some familiar faces—five former Ohio State Buckeye players, former foes he now hopes to call teammates.
Black had 71 tackles and seven sacks during his Michigan career.
Defensive tackle Quinton Washington will attempt to join former Wolverines Charles Woodson and LaMarr Woodley on the Oakland Raiders. Quinton showed great character overcoming a speech impediment while at Michigan and will need similar resolve to make the Raiders.
Washington had 54 total tackles and a single sack during his Michigan career.
Long snapper Jareth Glanda will have an opportunity to make the New Orleans roster. Glanda appeared in 37 games as a snapper for Michigan and hopes to join former Michigan assistant coach Terry Malone (1997-2005) with the Saints.
Consistent long snappers are a valued commodity in the NFL, but Jareth will find himself competing with five-year veteran Justin Drescher for a roster spot.
Safety Thomas Gordon has signed a free agent contract with the New York Giants. Gordon is sure to get a strong look from former Michigan assistant coach (1985-2005) and player (1980-82), current New York assistant coach Jim Herrmann.
Gordon finished his Michigan career with 220 tackles, three sacks and six interceptions.
Linebacker Cam Gordon, who was a captain last season, has signed a free-agent contract to join former Wolverines Jeremy Gallon and legendary quarterback Tom Brady on the New England Patriots.
Gordon came to Michigan as a wide receiver but totaled 136 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions after switching to defense.