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NFL Draft: Ranking the Michigan Wolverines at the Senior Bowl

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NFL Draft: Ranking the Michigan Wolverines at the Senior Bowl

2020-01-25 09:24:141 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

 

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Michigan Wolverines edge rusher Josh Uche. (Image Source: Associated Press)

With six players set to participate in Saturday’s Senior Bowl, the Michigan Wolverines lead all programs. Here’s how they rank as prospects:

1. EDGE Josh Uche (6’1 3/8”/241)

Hand: 9 ½”; Arm: 33 ¼”; Wingspan: 79 7/8”

The edge rusher will compete with underclassman Donovan Peoples-Jones and Cesar Ruiz to be the first Wolverine off the board come April. Considering how well he’s played during Senior Bowl practices he just might. Uche has really impressed scouts with his athleticism, power, and bend coming off the edge. At Michigan, he did his best work as a pass rusher, which will be how he makes the biggest impact at the next level, but don’t underestimate his speed in space and in coverage.

2019 Stats: 35 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 2 PD, 2 FF

2. OG Ben Bredeson (6’4 ¾”/316)

Hand: 10”; Arm: 31 ½”; Wingspan: 76 1/8”

The offensive lineman is also turning heads at Senior Bowl practice. Bredeson is more than handling his own in one-on-one drills, at times dominating defenders. A four-year starter, Bredeson’s strength is his power. He’s strong and is an excellent hand fighter in the trenches. Does a great job of keeping defensive linemen engaged. Once he gets his hands on them it’s over. Considered a better run blocker at this point, Bredeson has enough lateral agility to handle pass protection duties.

3. DS Josh Metellus (5’11 1/8”/210)

Hand: 10 1/8”; Arm: 32 1/8”; Wingspan: 75”

An in the box safety, Metellus has improved his all-around play since breaking into the starting lineup as a sophomore. A big hitter who feels most comfortable near the line of scrimmage, which is why many thought he’d end up at Viper at Michigan. I’m not sure he’s improved enough in pass coverage to be a center-fielding safety in the NFL and he will struggle as a man-to-man defender. In the right scheme, Metellus could be a very effective hybrid linebacker-safety type, utilizing his aggressiveness.

2019 Stats: 74 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 INT, 7 PD

4. DS Khaleke Hudson (5’11 1/8”/218)

Hand: 10”; Arm: 30”; Wingspan: 72 1/8”

At Michigan, Hudson lined up on the second level of Don Brown’s defense where he started at Viper for three seasons. He’s listed as a safety as he will probably have to make a similar transition that Jabrill Peppers had to in the NFL. Hudson has a boom-or-bust type feel as a prospect. Yes, he’s versatile and has flashed the ability to be a difference-making playmaker. A true hybrid who could flourish in today’s NFL. Or he could be a downhill linebacker in a safety’s body, just a special teams player.

2019 Stats: 102 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 3 PD

5. TE Sean McKeon (6’5 1/8”/238)

Hand: 9 ¼”; Arm: 33 3/8”; Wingspan: 79”

Quietly, among one of the better performers in Mobile, McKeon has impressed so far. Coming from Michigan he has experience as a blocker and a rather solid one at that. When he uses his hands as a pass catcher, McKeon is reliable, however at times will allow the ball to get into his body. Not an elite athlete, but has very good feet, is a smooth route runner, and is blessed with an excellent catch radius. His skill set is of an in-line tight end but he’s built more like a flex, someone who lines up wide.

2019 Stats: 13 receptions, 235 yards, 18.1 YPC, 2 TDs

6. QB Shea Patterson (6’1 1/8”/204)

Hand: 9 ¼”; Arm: 29 3/8”; Wingspan: 73 ½”

Unlike others, Patterson did not take advantage of the practices in Mobile to help himself. His play is confirming doubts many in the scouting community had about his pro potential. It would not be shocking if Patterson doesn’t get drafted. Compared to other quarterbacks, he simply doesn’t have the same level of arm strength and his passes aren’t always crisp. He’s inconsistent with accuracy. On the plus side, Patterson is the type of mobile dual threat the NFL is trending towards.

2019 Stats: 3,061 yards, 56.2 percent, 8.0 YPP, 23 TDs, 8 INTs

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe, Maxwell, Bednarik, and the Rotary Lombardi Awards, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.                       

 
 

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