Three Wolverines invited to 2014 NFL Combine

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The NFL Combine is fast approaching and NFL scouts are salivating at the thought of looking at the best assembly of talent the NCAA has to offer. From poking, to prodding and judging body types, the 32 franchises that make-up the NFL are looking for their next gamble. Although you can find Sports Betting Info online, the answers to the greatest draft questions often reside in the combine.


CBSSports.com released their comprehensive list of combine participants. This list featured three Michigan Wolverines who will be participating in the combine which takes place Feb. 19-24 in Indianapolis.
The three invited were:
  1. OT Taylor Lewan
  2. WR Jeremy Gallon
  3. OT Michael Schofield
With the porous play of the Michigan offensive line last season, there is a good possibility that Lewan hurt his draft stock coming back. Widely regarded as a top-five lock a season ago, his draft positioning may have taken a bit of a hit. Although he is still widely considered a first-round talent, it is highly unlikely he will be held in the same regard before deciding to stay in school. CBSSports.com breaks down his game: “With good height and length, he looks the part and has the frame to play on the left side at the next level, adding nearly 50 pounds since his senior year in high school. Possesses quick feet. A former defensive lineman, Lewan is known as a self-starter with a mean streak and nasty attitude on the field, but also emerged as more of a leader as a junior in 2012. He keeps his head on a swivel and has the competitive drive to win one-on-one battles. Demonstrates enough lateral agility and balance in his kick-slide to maintain the edge, while also possessing the strength to lock up his opponent. Strong initial step when asked to fire through to the 2nd level and targets decisively in the open field.”

Schofield had the opportunity to showcase his talents to the NFL scouts at the Senior Bowl a month ago in Mobile. He was taking reps at both tackle and guard, and by many accounts had a solid week of practice. NFL.com‘s Mike Mayock had some things to say about Schofield after watching him play during the Senior Bowl practices (who also named him player of the day): “I thought he stoned everybody in the [1-on-1] drill. Now, he’s a right tackle only, in my opinion,” said Mayock. “They tried him at guard. Right tackle only is not a good thing to be in the NFL unless you’re a starter. I think he has the potential to be a starting right tackle.”


Gallon also had a chance to showcase his talents when he participated in the East-West Shrine Game where he featured as a slot receiver. Josh Collachi, from eDraft.com, broke down what Gallon needs to do to be successful in the NFL: “Gallon plays like a receiver who is 6’3, but that will not work on the outside at his size at the next level. He will need to be used exclusively in the slot, finding holes in the opposing defense and making catches in traffic. Gallon’s hands are reliable, and he uses them well. A lot of receivers catch the ball with their body, Gallon will go and get it with his hands, which is a very good trait to have. He also uses his body well, and runs crisp routes at times, but the fact that he is more of a possession receiver rather than a guy with elite speed may prevent him from starting.”

Derek Devine
Institutional voice of Alma College during the day, Michigan fanatic at night. Taking TBHR to the next level one post at a time.