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NFL Mock Draft Simulation 5.0: Where Michigan players stand days before the event

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Michigan now has what appears to be a consensus first-rounder.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 16 Michigan State at Michigan Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Michigan Wolverines have sent an intriguing class into the 2020 NFL Draft with some steady risers throughout the process — and some players that have fallen out of consideration altogether. This has been made even more complicated by the fact that the virtual draft setting and restrictions on gatherings due to the coronavirus has dampened the pre-draft process for a ton of players.

With that in mind, we simulated all 7-rounds via The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Simulator to see where the board currently has Michigan prospects set to go with just three more days until the event. It is worth noting that they are constantly updating their boards to reflect trends in the pre-draft process, their own scouting and more leading up to the event.

You can read the previous edition of our simulations to compare here. Below is the most recent sim that was run on Monday afternoon.

San Francisco 49ers (Round 1, Pick No. 31 overall): Cesar Ruiz, IOL

Ruiz has shot up draft boards from the very moment that he declared exiting his junior season in Ann Arbor. The experts almost unanimously have him as a first-round selection and here he gets to go to a place and an offense that loves to run the football.

Minnesota Vikings (Round 2, Pick No. 58 overall): Joshua Uche, EDGE

Nobody gets as much out of pass rushers later on in the draft like head coach Mike Zimmer and defensive assistant Andre Patterson than the Vikings do. This would be a tremendous fit for him and gives them a player that could form one of the scarier pass rush duos in the league along with Danielle Hunter.

Detroit Lions (Round 3, Pick No. 85 overall): Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR

Marvin Jones is set to be a free agent after this season in Detroit. This winds up being a nice fit, seeing as that’s exactly who we have compared Peoples-Jones to in our pre-draft profile of his skill-set. Should the Lions decide to pay Kenny Golladay, they might set themselves up here to have two of the more physically-gifted young wideouts in the league.

Philadelphia Eagles (Round 4, Pick No. 145 overall): Ben Bredeson, IOL

Bredeson is a steady prospect who does have starting potential, but at the very least figures to be a key rotational or depth piece. This would send the two-time captain to one of the best locker rooms in the NFL and a team that is only a few seasons removed from a trip to the Super Bowl.

Carolina Panthers (Round 5, Pick No. 148 overall): Michael Onwenu, IOL

Onwenu’s impressive athleticism for his size is going to have a lot of teams interested somewhere on day three. In this scenario, he could wind up being a nice later-round piece for the rebuilding Panthers under first-year coach Matt Rhule.

Not drafted: TE Sean McKeon, CB Lavert Hill, QB Shea Patterson, S Josh Metellus, LB/S Khaleke Hudson, OT Jon Runyan Jr., EDGE Mike Danna, LB Jordan Glasgow

This the least amount of players drafted from Michigan yet in The Draft Network simulation. Hill, Runyan and McKeon might have the best shots at being late-round picks and it would be surprising if all three were not selected. Patterson is draftable, but was inconsistent in the pre-draft process. Metellus and Hudson have looked like UDFA-types from the start. We will be watching for Danna and Glasgow to get some sort of invites to tryout or UDFA opportunities, but neither were invited to the combine and had Michigan’s pro day canceled. It’s hard to predict what might happen with them, but we will see.

Other Big Ten Picks

2. Washington — Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio State
3. Detroit — Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
8. Arizona — Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
27. Seattle — Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State
28. Baltimore — J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
32. Kansas City — Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
36. NY Giants — A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa
39. Miami — Zack Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin
48. NY Jets — K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
51. Dallas — Jonah Jackson, IOL, Ohio State
52. LA Rams — Damon Arnette, CB, Ohio State
68. NY Jets — Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio State
73. Jacksonville — Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota
77. Denver — Davon Hamilton, IDL, Ohio State
79. NY Jets — Brycen Hopkins, TE, Purdue
112. LA Chargers — K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State
118. Denver — Kenny Willekes, EDGE, Michigan State
120. NY Jets — Tyler Biadasz, IOL, Wisconsin
123. Dallas — Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa
127. Philadelphia — Josiah Scott, CB, Michigan State
135. Pittsburgh — Anthony McFarland, RB, Maryland
136. Green Bay — Joe Bachie Jr., LB, Michigan State
152. Carolina — Tyler Johnson, WR, MInnesota
159. Las Vegas — Markus Bailey, LB, Purdue
174. Tennessee — Khalil Davis, IDL, Nebraska
177. Kansas City — Geno Stone, S, Iowa
179. Dallas — Quintez Cephus, WR, Wisconsin
182. Detroit — Nate Stanley, QB, Iowa
190. Philadelphia — Raequan Williams, IDL, Michigan State
191. NY Jets — Lamar Jackson, CB, Nebraska
202. Arizona — Antoine Brooks Jr., S, Maryland
204. New England — Carter Coughlin, EDGE, Minnesota
212. New England — David Dowell, S, Michigan State
226. Atlanta — Binjimen Victor, WR, Ohio State
234. LA Rams — Dele Harding, LB, Illinois
236. Green Bay — Austin Mack, WR, Ohio State
243. Tennessee — Kamal Martin, LB, Minnesota
244. Cleveland — Robert Landers, IDL, Ohio State
252. Denver — Brian Lewerke, QB, Michigan State