The predictions and opinions continue to roll out for college football on every website known to mankind, but today’s opinions involve both the NFL and college.
The first Wolverine is none other than defensive end Rashan Gary. Here is his reasoning:
“This wouldn’t be the first time Rashan Gary went No. 1.
“In the 2016 recruiting class, the defensive lineman stood atop the national rankings. He chose Michigan and has become a versatile force capable of playing both inside and on the edge.
“As a freshman, Gary held a situational role yet still posted 24 tackles with five stops behind the line of scrimmage. Last year, he moved into a starting spot and tallied 66 takedowns, 12 tackles for loss and six sacks.
“Gary will be the cornerstone of another top-rated defense for Michigan in 2018.”
I mean, he’s not wrong. Gary has only improved since his freshman season and looks to make an even bigger impact in 2018, likely his final season in college.
If all goes well, Gary could very well be the first overall pick next year.
The second Wolverine on the list isn’t surprising because of all the hype, but I don’t believe he should be on the list.
The second Wolverine on the list — Shea Patterson. Here is Kenyon’s reasoning for including the transfer quarterback:
“Michigan struggled in 2017, but Jim Harbaugh knows how to develop a quarterback. Thanks to that reputation, Shea Patterson’s progression in 2018 will be monitored even closer.
“After all, it’s not like he’s flying under the radar. Patterson was a 5-star talent coming out of high school.
“In 10 career appearances for Ole Miss, he completed 60.7 percent of his attempts for 3,139 yards and 23 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. Then, the combination of an injury and program sanctions pushed Patterson to Ann Arbor.
“Should the Wolverines thrive in the Big Ten this season, there’s a good chance Patterson will have sparked the team’s rise.”
I really don’t think anything he said in his explanation should elevate Patterson to being under consideration for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
His numbers were nice at Ole Miss, and Harbaugh has developed good quarterbacks in his career, as pointed out, but this is a completely different situation for both parties. Patterson has never played a single down in a Michigan uniform, and Harbaugh and the coaches will have to base their playbook around Patterson’s play-making abilities to get the best out of him. The offense he ran at Ole Miss is much different than Michigan’s, so it’ll be interesting to see how he is used in Ann Arbor.
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