Not much news from the weekend in college football or basketball, but there was a little thing called the NFL Draft that went down in New York, and some of our favorite Wolverines heard their names called.
- Mike Martin was the first off the board in the 3rd round. The Tennessee Titans picked Martin with the 82nd pick.
- David Molk was the next selection, falling quite a bit from the mid-round projection many had for him. Molk went in the 7th round to San Diego with the 227th pick.
- Junior Hemingway was the third and final selection from Michigan, going 238th overall to Kansas City.
- Past those three, a few Wolverines signed contracts to join NFL teams during fall camp: Ryan Van Bergen signed with the Carolina Panthers, Troy Woolfolk signed with the Dallas Cowboys, and Michael Shaw signed with the Washington Redskins.
The rest of the Big Ten was well represented in the draft --- although a Big Ten player wasn't taken until Riley Reiff went to the Lions at number 23 --- and it was heavy on linemen and wide receivers. Eight Big Ten wide receivers went in the draft along with 11 offensive linemen and 7 defensive linemen. A few observations:
- AJ Jenkins is very talented, but his role on Illinois inconsistent offense in 2011 made me think he would be a second or third round selection at best. Instead he is the first Big Ten receiver taken.
- Green Bay and Cincinnati got steals with the Jerel Worthy and Devon Still picks in the mid-second round.
- I still don't totally understand taking Kirk Cousins in the fourth round when you already have RGIII and need to surround him with a lot of help, but Cousins will eventually turn into a solid NFL quarterback, so at least there is value in the pick.
Need more on the Big Ten in the draft? ESPN has you covered.
A couple links on a slow morning:
Tremendous Makes Friends With Wyatt Shallman - A great interview with one of Michigan's oft overlooked members of the 2013 class.
Video: Michigan S Jordan Kovacs - Brian Bennett does a video interview with Jordan about the 2012 defense and Jordan's role as a leader.
Recruiting Notebook: Zak Irvin, Mark Donnal, Austin Hatch, Luke Kennard and more ... Scouting: Adidas Spring Classic - Two links from UMHoops that will keep you up to date on the recruiting efforts of the basketball staff and the current standing of some of Michigan's current commits.
Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III ready to bring their off-the-court bond to Michigan - AnnArbor.com examines the friendship between McGary and Robinson.
Six Years of Crazy Detailed Michigan Receiving Stats - This is classic mgoblog. Brian takes a heaping load of data published by Football Study Hall and wrings as much insight out of it as possible. Want to know who Michigan's biggest target is? Who had the worst hands? Why we always should have know Jason Avant was going to be a solid NFL receiver? Want another metric in which to prove that the 2008 offense was horrible? It is all here. An outstanding read.
Jarrod Uthoff's Exodus, Part. 1; Part. 2 - You will read these and you will understand why nobody does it better than BHGP when it comes to sheer ridiculousness on the internet. Bravo.