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Quick Analysis: What Chuck Filiaga Brings To Michigan

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Strengths: Tremendous strength and size, active feet and hands, good hustle, pretty good flexibility and pad level for a guy as big as he is.

Weaknesses: Not tremendously fast, not an elite pass blocker.

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As I’m sure all of you know, Michigan needed this commitment pretty badly. The depth at tackle right now is far from impressive, and Filiaga is one of the few college-ready tackle prospects out there. He’ll probably fit in at right tackle, where I feel like he’ll be a solid (and hopefully boring) part of the starting rotation next year.

Looking further down the road, I see Filiaga turning into a possible All-American-type player - Jim Harbaugh’s Stanford teams were built on guys like Filiaga, and he’ll be a huge asset in re-establishing the run game for Michigan - both next year, and especially in 2018 and beyond.

Player that he could turn into: I went back to Harbaugh’s Stanford days to make this pick. Chuck Filiaga could be a lot like Jonathan Martin, a 2012 second-round selection by the Miami Dolphins. You’ll notice Martin looks a little bit like a guard because of his weight and arm length; he doesn’t have the best feet for a tackle, either, but he’s still good enough to be effective in the pass game and dominant in the run game. Filiaga fits the same mold.

Martin was an All-American in 2010 and 2011 with the Cardinal; however, he only spent four years in the NFL.

By the way, I hope Martin got credit for the touchdown that happened at 1:05 in these highlights.