We have finally arrived at NFL Draft week after a long and arduous evaluation process. The Michigan Wolverines have a handful of prospects set to go in this weekend’s proceedings and all have made their cases why they deserve an opportunity.
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.
New York Jets (Round 1, Pick 23): Kwity Paye, EDGE
The Jets are seemingly locked in on Zach Wilson at No. 2, which fills their franchise QB void (for now). This opens them up to a world of possibilities at No. 23, but they elect to fill a need with one of the best edge rushers in the class. Playing for Robert Saleh would be a good fit for Paye.
Arizona Cardinals (Round 2, Pick 49): Nico Collins, WR
The Cardinals seem to want to build their team like it is fantasy football, but they throw the ball a ton and Collins could certainly find a role there. He could do much worse than landing in a room with DeAndre Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald as mentors.
Minnesota Vikings (Round 3, Pick 78): Jalen Mayfield, OT
Mayfield’s stock has taken a big hit since an unimpressive pro day, which has dropped him all the way into the third round in this simulation. He would be appealing to the Vikings given their perpetual need for offensive line upgrades and his potential as a guard if he were to be kicked inside.
New England Patriots (Round 3, Pick 96): Cameron McGrone, LB
There has been a pipeline from Ann Arbor to Foxborough in recent years, as McGrone would join former Wolverines Chase Winovich, Michael Onwenu and Josh Uche in New England.
Las Vegas Raiders (Round 5, Pick 162): Ambry Thomas, CB
It would not be a big surprise to see Thomas go earlier than this, but this is good value for the Raiders. Thomas could develop into an NFL starter in the right situation.
New England Patriots (Round 6, Pick 197): Chris Evans, RB
The pipeline grows! Evans is a versatile back that needs an opportunity somewhere to show what he can do. Given the Patriots’ penchant for rotating their backs, this could be a good fit for him.
Baltimore Ravens (Round 6, Pick 210): Nick Eubanks, TE
Eubanks does not have one specific standout trait, but he does a lot of things well and was underutilized at Michigan. Perhaps John Harbaugh can find a better use for him than on his brother’s team.
Chicago Bears (Round 6, Pick 221): Carlo Kemp, IDL
Kemp is going to have his work cut out for him in finding a role, but he could be someone that provides valuable depth in a defensive line rotation. That he is in draft consideration speaks to the work he has put in this offseason.
Other Big Ten prospects
9. Denver — Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
10. Dallas — Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
12. Philadelphia — Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
17. Las Vegas — Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
21. Indianapolis — Greg Newsome II
36. Miami — Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
40. Denver — Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
43. San Francisco — Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
51. Washington — Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana
65. Jacksonville — Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
66. NY Jets — Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State
72. Detroit — Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State
73. Carolina — Josh Myers, IOL, Ohio State
80. Las Vegas — Daviyon Nixon, IDL, Iowa
92. Green Bay — Tommy Togiai, IDL, Ohio State
93. Buffalo — Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota
110. Cleveland — Derrick Barnes, LB, Purdue
117. San Francisco — Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State
119. Minnesota — Kendrick Green, IOL, Illinois
134. Minnesota — Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
143. Minnesota — Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa
152. Denver — Brenden Jaimes, OT, Nebraska
170. Jacksonville — Jonathon Cooper, EDGE, Ohio State
186. NY Jets — Josh Imatorbhebhe, WR, Illinois
190. Cincinnati — Shakur Brown, CB, Michigan State
193. Carolina — Shaka Toney, EDGE, Penn State
202. Cincinnati — Justin Hilliard, LB, Ohio State
207. Kansas City — Naquan Jones, IDL, Michigan State
232. Tennessee — Nick Niemann, LB, Iowa
233. Houston — Michal Menet, IOL, Penn State
248. Indianapolis — Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern
251. Tampa Bay — Lorenzo Neal, IDL, Purdue
256. Green Bay — Rachad Wildgoose Jr., CB, Wisconsin