We are now just under two weeks out from the 2019 NFL Draft, and there are still some differences in mock drafts when it pertains to where former Michigan players are set to go.
McShay, Kiper, and Dane Brugler have all released new mocks in the last few days and I’m here to put them all in one easily deliverable package to you. McShay and Kiper did a bit of “best possible scenario” in their mocks so things are slightly skewed to what they think should happen.
#11 Cincinnati Bengals - Devin Bush, ILB - Bush makes a lot of sense as a speedy linebacker with range in a unit that desperately needs playmakers.
#13 Miami Dolphins - Rashan Gary, DE - No top-tier QB here, so I’m opting to take Gary’s athleticism at value in the first round for a rebuilding club...
#52 Pittsburgh Steelers - Chase Winovich, OLB - Winovich is a twitchy, versatile pass-rusher
#54 Houston Texans - David Long, CB - Houston lost Tyrann Mathieu, Kareem Jackson, and Kevin Johnson to free agency, so I want to restock the secondary with Long’s instincts at corner...
This is one of the first mocks I’ve seen that has Bush ahead of Gary. The gap closed tremendously after the combine where Bush probably exceeded all the crazy high athletic expectations he went in with. Unsurprisingly, the coach’s son crushed the pre-draft process and has seen himself as a big riser since.
Winovich and Long have both also appeared to jump solidly into the second round conversation. Winovich’s athleticism and strength were both solid at the combine despite lifting with a nearly crippled thumb/hand. Long was a phenomenal shutdown corner who put up great metrics despite playing most of his career on an island against the other team’s No. 1.
Moving onto Kiper, the first round guys are exactly the same
#11 Cincinnati Bengals - Devin Bush, ILB - ...go with the best available with the No. 11 pick. That’s Devin Bush, a side-to-sideline linebacker with elite athleticism.
#13 Miami Dolphins - Rashan Gary, DE - This is about where Gary’s floor is in the draft - he could go as high as No. 4. And he’d be the Dolphins’ most talented pass rusher as soon as he hits the field. Their top returning sacker is linebacker Jerome Baker, who had only three last season. Gary has enormous potential; the issue is getting that potential out of him every play.
#59 Indianapolis Colts - Chase Winovich, OLB - Winovich could instantly be added to the edge-rushing rotation...
#95 New York Giants - David Long, CB - Near the end of round 3, the Giants can get an intriguing corner in Long
Again, we have Bush over Gary. Not a whole lot to add here. A point of interest to absolutely nobody besides me is that Wolverine nemesis, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, who terrorized Michigan in both meetings the last two years, ends up in Miami with Gary.
Brugler’s draft is the most intensive as he went round 1-7. Most interesting is the lack of depth in this year’s crop of Michigan draft prospects. That lends itself positively to next year.
#9 Buffalo Bills - Rashan Gary, DE - Teams around the league expect this pick to be in the trenches, either on the offensive line (Andre Dillard) or on the defensive line. Gary is a polarizing prospect because he is more potential than production as a prospect, but Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane hasn’t shied from trusting the traits.
#12 Green Bay Packers - Devin Bush, ILB - The Packers aggressively added key defenders in free agency and might not be done upgrading on that side of the ball. Although he lacks elite size/length measurements, Bush is an elite athlete for the position with the mental processing speed and competitive nature to match.
#52 Pittsburgh Steelers - Chase Winovich, OLB
#87 Chicago Bears - David Long, CB
In this mock, Long pops up near the back of the third, wrapping up Michigan’s draft. Maybe not that surprisingly after the way he ended the season and completely bombed the combine, but Zach Gentry has basically fallen off the board.
Bush going to Green Bay feels like a good fit. Lots of Michigan love in the Midwest, and his athleticism gives that defense a weapon it really hasn’t had often in the past.
Kind of like Gary in Buffalo too, but there’s not a crazy amount to say there. Winovich appears like the perfect Steeler.
This will be my second-to-last round-up before the big day. Look out for my own projections the week of.