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Michigan Football 2015 Depth Chart Preview: Tight Ends

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The tight ends are key in the Harbaugh system. We slot them here.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today, we took a peek at what Michigan features at tight end. Now it's time to rank them.

1. Jake Butt, Junior (6-6, 248)

There is really no debate who the guy right at the top of the depth chart at tight end is for the Wolverines. Butt is healthy and ready to roll for the Wolverines and he could emerge as one of the best players at his position in college football is things continue to trend upward and he develops in Jim Harbaugh's offense.

Harbaugh is a quarterbacks guy, but he is also a bit of a tight end whisperer, having worked with Coby Fleener and Zach Ertz at Stanford and Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker with the San Francisco 49ers. Butt is going to be a huge part of Michigan's offense this year.

2. AJ Williams, Senior (6-6, 285)

Williams is a player that the staff really likes and figures to be the number-two tight end on the roster. He brings a lot to the run game and his skill set fits a team that wants to be physical on offense. He is a bit under-appreciated, but is a nice piece to have on the roster.

3a. Khalid Hill, Redshirt Sophomore (6-2, 252)

Hill will be in the mix as the third tight end and possible an H-back role. He is another piece like Williams that has value in the run game and actually is a bit better as a pass catcher.

3b. Ian Bunting, Redshirt Freshman (6-7, 243)

Bunting is a physical presence that we have yet to see take the field, but he will also be in the mix for some playing time throughout camp. He still may be a year or two away but the tools are there.

3c. Tyrone Wheatley, Jr., Freshman (6-6, 260)

As a true freshman, Wheatley will certainly be up for some early reps. He already has a college build and being at a position without a whole lot of proven depth outside of Butt could help him launch up the depth chart.

Other TEs: Michael Jocz (Jr.), Henry Poggi (RS So.), Chase Winovich (RS Fr.),