College football begins...wait, this week?
*Checks the horrible games on tap for this week* ... never mind.
We are 12 days away from Michigan Wolverines football, but today I discovered an NFL mock draft that has two junior Michigan defensemen being drafted in the first round — defensive lineman Rashan Gary and cornerback Lavert Hill.
The website, TheDraftNetwork.com, has Gary going at No. 11 overall to the Seattle Seahawks. Here is what they had to say about this pick:
“Go ahead and give me your elevator pitch as to why Gary isn’t absolutely the kind of player the Seahawks are going to fall in love with.
Actually, never mind. You’re not going to change my mind. Seattle loves athletic hybrid defenders up front. As evidenced by the drafting of Rasheem Green in the third round last year. And the presence of Quinton Jefferson on the roster. And drafting Malik McDowell with their first draft selection of 2017. And Michael Bennett’s five-year run with the team, which tallied 39.0 sacks and three consecutive Pro Bowls from 2015-2017.
Gary is more dynamic than any of them, if the reports out of Michigan spring camp are to be believed (they’re not, but I digress). For a team that is looking to rebuild it’s identity, it would make a lot of sense to go back to what made them so successful to begin with: depth and versatility rushing the passer.”
Gary going to the Seahawks would make sense, but the only thing not making sense to me here is...why is Gary available at No. 11? I’d imagine with another great season in college, Gary would be among the top 10 — hell, maybe even top five taken in the first round.
But I can’t complain too much here. He’s still a fringe top 10 player and would be picked by a team that would need his help, and I really believe Gary would thrive in Seattle.
Hill, meanwhile, is picked at No. 32 overall in the first round to the New England Patriots. The Patriots have a pretty solid history of taking Michigan defenders in the draft, and I can think of a pretty damn good Wolverines defensive back they helped win them a Super Bowl once upon a time.
Here’s the write up on this pick:
“The Patriots love to play press man coverage. Lavert Hill is the best press man cornerback in the Big Ten, which has several talented cornerbacks. Hill isn’t ideal stature, but the technique and toughness at the line of scrimmage that Hill illustrates more than makes up for the limitations.
Hill could step in and challenge for a starting role, although more likely in Bill Belichick’s system Hill will be groomed before stepping in for a key offseason loss and ensuring this team doesn’t skip a beat.”
I think this analysis is pretty spot on. Hill is among the conference’s elite talents and could be great in Belichick’s defense. As long as he doesn’t get on his bad side and end up being sat in the Super Bowl.
What do you think? Will Gary be higher than No. 11 when it’s all said and done? Will Hill end up being a first rounder? Will any other Wolverines sneak into the first round? Leave your thoughts below.