The NFL Draft process continues to roll along in an odd year with college pro days taking the place of the normal combine events. Michigan’s is set for March 26, but there have been chances for Wolverine prospects to flash their abilities in events like the Senior Bowl this offseason.
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 draft.
Dallas Cowboys (Round 1, Pick No. 10 overall): Kwity Paye, EDGE
This is a little high for Paye but there is something to be said for freak athletes that rush the passer. The clock might start for him a few picks after this. The NFL loves traits and upside, which might push some other players up the board. Paye might be a little more of a finished product than his peers in the class, but he has the profile of an Everson Griffen-type that can go out and get a team eight to ten sacks a year.
Minnesota Vikings (Round 1, Pick No. 14 overall): Jalen Mayfield, OT
The Vikings have required offensive line help for as long as they have been searching for a long-term quarterback. Minnesota fans will never complain about another player in the trenches considering it has been a revolving door there. It may seem high for Mayfield, but offensive tackle is a position that comes off the board nearly the same way that quarterbacks and pass rushers do. Mayfield is likely a plug-and-play starter, but it feels like he may be more of a back-half of the first-round prospect.
Detroit Lions (Round 2, Pick No. 54 overall): Nico Collins, WR
There was a trade back in this scenario because this simulation was run as our hometown Lions. Collins fills a major need and has the profile of a Kenny Golladay-type of player should Detroit decide to move on from the star wideout. Collins has not moved much from his status as a day-two prospect since the offseason began and there are some in league circles who think he has a chance to sneak into the back of the first round.
Los Angeles Rams (Round 2, Pick No. 57 overall): Cam McGrone, LB
McGrone might be the Michigan player that could fall further than people expect him to. He has the traits to be a solid-to-good MIKE linebacker but is still raw and the tape from last season was inconsistent. He should test well and that puts him in the running to be a day two pick, but the second round might be on the higher end of the spectrum.
San Francisco 49ers (Round 3, Pick No. 102 overall): Ambry Thomas, CB
This would be a great fit for Thomas, especially if the 49ers bring back Richard Sherman in a mentorship role. He has all of the traits a team could want in a developmental starter at cornerback with his length, athleticism and his background playing press and man coverage. The biggest question is if his 2019 tape will be enough for teams to project what he can be. He might have the most upside of any of the Michigan corners to come out recently, but the opt-out this season and a determination of what his floor is could be the key here.
Seattle Seahawks (Round 6, Pick No. 209 overall): Chris Evans, RB
There is a decent amount of late-round buzz on Evans. Jim Nagy of the Senior Bowl told us last month that NFL front offices have been quietly coveting Evans for awhile. It is unusual to have a prospect with as much experience as he has come into a draft where he is two years removed from any significant impact on the field. That is more on Michigan than Evans, as the running back is seen as a prospect that could have three-down ability and be a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield. There is some Chris Carson-type ability to his game, which makes the fit in Seattle interesting.
Washington Football Team (Round 7, Pick No. 239 overall): Nick Eubanks, TE
Eubanks never reached his potential at Michigan on the stat sheet, but that makes him another player that was a victim of an inconsistent offensive identity. He is a more than functional athlete with good hands and has shown a willingness to block. This will all be about opportunity for him. It is not farfetched to think he could stick somewhere as a No. 2/3 tight end in the right situation.