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Michigan in the 2013 NFL Draft

What Michigan players are on the NFL's radar as the draft approaches? Let's take a quick look as draft day nears to see who should get drafted and who could.


Unless the Detroit Lions make a Matt Millen-era pick or Al Davis returns from the dead (both choosing Denard: one because he's a receiver and the other because he's fast), the Wolverines shouldn't expect one of their own to be taken off draft boards in the first round. Taylor Lewan's decision to return to Ann Arbor ensured this and our most recent first round pick will remain Brandon Graham for the time being (No. 13 in 2010 to the Philadelphia Eagles). But Michigan produced arguably the most successful late-round draft pick of all time in Tom Brady. So with that in mind, let's take a quick look at what Wolverines have a shot at being drafted this weekend:

Denard Robinson

Likely the first Wolverine to be selected over the weekend, Robinson brings a skill set that NFL teams have looked for more and more in recent years due to the increased use of Wildcat formations. From his first play as a Wolverine, Robinson brought an excitement to Michigan football that will never be seen again. Every year for Robinson held the possibility of a Heisman trophy. While his career as a quarterback got cut short due to a nerve injury, Robinson has showed great strides in switching to receiver and beyond. He's projected to go anywhere from the 2nd to 6th round, depending on who you listen to. I can only hope Robinson ends up in the Honolulu Blue and Silver. For more about Robinson's NFL future, check out SpaceCoyote's two part series: Part 1 and Part 2

Patrick Omameh

Most projections have Omameh waiting all weekend for a phone call that will never come. However, he could be a valuable late-round acquisition for a team looking for depth at offensive line. From a 2/3 star recruit, Omameh developed into an integral piece on Michigan's offensive line, starting for the better part of four years. Even though he performed better under Rodriguez's spread than Borge's pro-style, Omameh has intelligence with NFL size, and if he doesn't get selected, he'll find a home as an undrafted free agent.

William Campbell

The superstar the never was. Campbell, like Omameh, isn't guaranteed to be drafted this weekend. Considering he came in as one of the nation's top recruits, he under-performed at Michigan, struggling with inconsistency while never starting a full-season. However, after dropping 30 pounds for his senior year, Campbell has the athleticism to make it work at the next level - this just hasn't always translated into results on the field. If drafted into the right system willing to help his technique, Campbell could be a steal near the end of the draft or as an undrafted free agent. As a Detroit native, he worked out with the Lions last week. Hopefully this means he'll be able to play for his hometown.

Kenny Demens

Unfortunately, it looks like Demens will go undrafted this weekend. After redshirting his freshmen year, Demens played in every game for the next four years and started at middle linebacker for the majority of his final three seasons. He led the Wolverines in tackles in 2011 and has the size to hold up as an inside linebacker at the next level. While not a flashy playmaker, Demens is a solid contributor and tackling machine which should ensure that he doesn't remain unsigned as a free agent. A Detroit native like Campbell, he also worked out with the Lions last week. Maybe both will be teammates once again.

Jordan Kovacs

Everyone's favorite underdog, Kovacs walked on at Michigan as a freshman and walked away as team captain. Even though most mock drafts don't have him being selected over the weekend, I'll be surprised if this holds true. Kovacs won the Bo Schembechler Award last season and recorded a faster three-cone drill at Michigan's pro day than any safety at the NFL combine. While he's a bit undersized and lacks elite athletic ability, Kovacs possesses intelligence and experience at safety from starting in 46 games at Michigan. He proved himself at Michigan and I believe he'll do the same thing in the NFL, whether it's as a special teams asset or as depth in the secondary.

Craig Roh

Like many of his teammates, Roh's draft future is up in the air. But whether or not he gets drafted doesn't take away from what Roh accomplished at Michigan. By starting in the Outback Bowl this season, Roh set the school record for consecutive starts at 51 games. Through his career, he's moved from outside linebacker to quick linebacker to weak-side end to strong-side end, giving him versatility. What Roh doesn't have athletically, he makes up for with unwavering effort: he's the guy that never gives up on a play. Whether or not he gets drafted, Roh will be looking to add depth to a roster willing to take him on.

Roy Roundtree

With his draft stock uncertain, even if Roundtree doesn't make it as an NFL receiver, we'll always have this. Despite struggling offensively under Hoke, Roundtree's numbers don't tell the whole story. He started in all but one game in his final three seasons, he plays tough, and he is willing to make the tough grabs over the middle. While he doesn't necessarily have the size and speed the NFL wants in a slot receiver, if he can get his drops under control, Roundtree could develop into a solid number three or four receiver in the NFL.