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Where way-too-early mock drafts have Michigan Football’s 2021 pro prospects

A look at where the Wolverines stand with one major omission.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 30 Ohio State at Michigan Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The 2021 NFL Draft is not coming anytime soon. Heck, we still need to play a college football season. However, it is never too early to take stock in the pro talent that flows through the Michigan Wolverines pipeline, especially coming off of a year where the program saw 10 players selected.

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. 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. Given that it is almost a full calendar year away, everything here can be taken with a grain of salt.

That said, it is interesting to see where they have the prospects pegged heading into a fluid process.

*= denotes possible early entries

Second round, pick No. 45 overall (Chicago Bears): Aidan Hutchinson*, EDGE

Third round, pick No. 79 overall (Cleveland Browns): Jalen Mayfield*, OT

Fourth round, pick No. 99 overall (Cincinnati Bengals): Nick Eubanks, TE

Fourth round, pick No. 107 overall (Atlanta Falcons): Cameron McGrone*, LB

Fourth round, pick No. 125 overall (New Orleans Saints): Joshua Ross*, LB

Fifth round, pick No. 149 overall (Indianapolis Colts): Ambry Thomas, CB

Sixth round, pick No. 187 overall (Miami Dolphins): Kwity Paye, EDGE

Seventh round, pick No. 212 overall (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Donovan Jeter, IDL

When we were doing this content series leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft, we had takeaways for each player and fit. Given that this is an early exercise and we do not know what NFL teams will need come next spring, I’ll share a few quick thoughts.

  • UPDATE: I have run this full simulation three times and wide receiver Nico Collins did not appear on it once. TDN has him ranked as the No. 240 prospect right now. If you needed any evidence that their rankings do not mean anything right now (and perhaps this exercise being thrown out for the time being) there it is.
  • Michigan does not currently have a first-round prospect via TDN projections, but I see potential here for three or four of those guys to be selected on first night. Hutchinson, Mayfield, McGrone and Thomas would be the players that check those boxes for me. It’s going to depend on what the tape looks like this year, obviously, but there feels like potential there still to be unlocked. There are physical traits with all four of these players that — mixed with a great season — might make them early picks.
  • It was a little surprising to see Eubanks come in as high as the fourth round, but the arrow has been pointing upward on him for a few seasons. He figures to be an important part of the passing game this season and has improved as a blocker. His best football is still very much ahead of him as the elder statesman in the tight end room.
  • Ross redshirted last season, so he could either return for a fifth season in 2021 or decide to enter the draft.
  • One name not on this list that might be before it is all said and done is safety Brad Hawkins. He has incrementally improved each season and it is my belief that Michigan has big plans for him in 2020.
  • Running back Chris Evans could also wind up popping up on these lists, but we just don’t know until we see his workload on the field and where he is in Michigan’s rotation.

Who’s pro stock will you be watching closely this season? Let’s hear from you in the comments below.