The Michigan Wolverines had their pro day late last month and the 2021 NFL Draft is weeks away as we enter the home stretch of the evaluation process. This has seen the stock of a handful of prospects fluctuate and the NFL team needs altering to account for free agency.
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.
Buffalo Bills (Round 1, Pick 30): Kwity Paye, EDGE
This is a good fit in keeping intact the recent tradition of Michigan stars winding up in prominent roles for winning organizations. The Bills are a team on the rise and look like they have some staying power moving forward. Paye may not be a perennial Pro Bowler but should be a solid starting edge rusher at the next level.
Las Vegas Raiders (Round 2, Pick 48): Jalen Mayfield, OT
Mayfield’s stock has slipped recently after a few months of mocks having him near the back half of the first round. This would be great value for the Raiders on the second day on the draft and give them a player who is still a bit raw but could start immediately.
Detroit Lions (Round 3, Pick 72): Nico Collins, WR
The Lions elected to let Kenny Golladay walk in free agency, meaning wide receiver is a major need moving forward. Collins has a similar profile/skill-set to what Golladay was coming out of college and will be a nice red zone and jump ball target while refining the areas of his game he did not get a chance to at Michigan.
Cleveland Browns (Round 4, Pick 110): Cameron McGrone, LB
McGrone is probably a second-day talent, but he's coming off of a torn ACL and will require some patience as seasoning. He was clearly talented and plenty athletic, but the raw potential never materialized into a star-making leap.
Baltimore Ravens (Round 4, Pick 131): Ambry Thomas, CB
It seems like every year a Michigan player winds up with John Harbaugh in one way or another. Thomas brings a combination of size and athleticism to the position and is another Michigan player that leaves college with another gear in his game seemingly still to be unlocked.
New York Giants (Round 6, Pick 196): Nick Eubanks, TE
Eubanks has the hands, physicality and versatility to factor into a tight end rotation somewhere at the NFL level. It will be about finding a fit and a role wherever he lands. He is yet another Michigan prospect that was unable to showcase himself consistently due to his team lacking a direction and identity.
Tennessee Titans (Round 6, Pick 205): Carlo Kemp, IDL
Kemp has had to work hard to earn every opportunity that has come his way, which included finding his niche after a few position changes early on in his Michigan career.
Green Bay Packers (Round 6, Pick 214): Chris Evans, RB
As Jim Nagy told us in an interview this offseason, Evans has been a dirty little secret in NFL front offices for a few years. He did not get onto the field much last season, but is a talented and tough runner and capable receiver. He is going to get a shot to not just make a roster, but be a contributor somewhere.
Other Big Ten prospects
9. Denver — Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
10. Dallas — Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
15. New England — Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
21. Indianapolis — Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
22. Tennessee — Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
34. New York Jets — Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
41. Detroit — Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
46. New England — Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
50. Miami — Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
63. Kansas City — Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State
65. Jacksonville — Daviyon Nixon, IDL, Iowa
71. Denver — Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana
76. New York Giants — Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State
79. Las Vegas — Tommy Togiai, IDL, Ohio State
82. Washington — Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
86. New York Jets — Josh Myers, IOL, Ohio State
96. New England — Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State
101. Detroit — Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota
121. Las Vegas — Kendrick Green, IOL, Illinois
125. Minnesota — Derrick Barnes, LB, Purdue
153. Detroit — Jonathon Cooper, EDGE, Ohio State
172. San Francisco — Chauncey Golston, Iowa
186. New York Jets — Josh Imatorbhebhe, WR, Illinois
190. Cincinnati — Shaka Toney, EDGE, Penn State
199. Minnesota — Naquan Jones, IDL, Michigan State
200. Las Vegas — Justin Hilliard, LB, Ohio State
203. Houston — Michal Menet, IOL, Penn State
204. Chicago — Shakur Brown, CB, Michigan State
207. Kansas City — Rachad Wildgoose Jr., CB, Wisconsin
211. Cleveland — Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa
217. Tampa Bay — Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern
225. Philadelphia — Brenden Jaimes, OT, Nebraska
227. Dallas — Shaun Beyer, TE, Iowa
235. Cincinnati — Luke Farrell, TE, Ohio State
256. Green Bay — Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa