Live Blog: Michigan Wolverines At The NFL Combine
Keep it locked here all afternoon as we provide updates surrounding the six Wolverine players at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
Tight end Zach Gentry will be the focus today as he goes through his on-field testing.
We recap today's events surrounding the Wolverines at the NFL combine, beginning with…
The Florida native recorded 21 reps on the bench press, which were tied for the 13th most among linebackers at the event.
NFL analyst Bucky Brooks, meanwhile, had high praise for Bush today, explaining why he feels the former Wolverine would be a good pick for the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 28:
"They're a team in need of linebackers, because they were playing with seven defensive backs in the playoffs," he explained. "Ideally, that's a change up and not something you live in. Gus Bradley would love to have athletic linebackers who can stay on the field and can run, chase, and handle the running game, while also matching up in the passing game.
"Devin Bush may be the most outstanding blitzer of the linebackers in this draft class. To me, he's a perfect fit in that defense. I also love his motor and the way he would fit into the culture of that locker room. We saw what Derwin James did and the energy he brought, and Devin Bush has a similar mindset and mentality. His attitude and play making abilities would make him a good fit there."
NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, meanwhile, explained how excited he is for tomorrow's action when Bush runs the 40-yard dash and goes through other drills:
"It's the Devins & then a drop off — Devin White from LSU & Devin Bush from Michigan," he said. "We'll see what those studs do, & who can climb into the conversation and take that third spot."
Gary recorded 26 reps on the bench press, which were the tied for the 14th most among defensive linemen in attendance.
Gary also revealed he met with the Atlanta Falcons this week and the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders last night, and would love the opportunity to play alongside former teammate Mo Hurst if he is selected by the latter.
In addition, he is slated to meet with the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills this evening.
Gentry was the lone former Wolverine to actually go through drills today, but the results were not pretty.
He ran a 4.90 in the 40-yard dash, which was 16th out of 19 tight ends who participated.
Gentry also did just 12 reps on the bench press (18th), and only caught five of seven passes in the gauntlet drill.
He did, however, reel in a beautiful 26-yard over-the-shoulder grab on a wheel route.
"He came out early, and I was surprised," Jeremiah explained this morning. "I thought he should have gone back to his alma mater for another year — but, man, he is huge."
Jeremiah also revealed scouts will look to see how big tight ends catch low passes (both of his drops occurred on low balls), while also noting he looked a little stiff when tasked with driving a practice bag backward.
The Pennsylvania native racked up 18 reps on the bench press, which was 16th out of 18 edge rushers who participated:
Winovich also revealed that he has met with the Houston Texans, and will next go through defensive line drills — including the 40-yard dash — tomorrow.
4:58 PM — NFL Network hosts Daniel Jeremiah and Rich Eisen took a quick look ahead to tomorrow's action as today's session wrapped up, and the former explained which linebackers he'll be keeping the closest eye on:
"It's the Devins and then a drop off — Devin White from LSU and Devin Bush from Michigan. We'll see what those studs do, and see who can climb up into the conversation and take that third spot."
4:38 PM — Devin Bush was asked about tearing up Michigan State's midfield logo when the two teams met this past fall:
4:35 PM — "What you see on tape is real," Bush said. "It's what you're going to get 100 percent of the time, and it's no fluke. I'm a tough player who plays hard and my film speaks for itself."
3:39 PM — Chase Winovich records 18 reps on the bench press.
Winovich with 18 reps, which is not ideal.— Ross Uglem (@RossUglem) March 2, 2019
3:26 PM — Rashan Gary does 26 reps on the bench press.
Rashan Gary just threw up 26 reps on bench press; did the first 20 like it was nothing— Kyle Martin (@KylesFeed) March 2, 2019
Rashan Gary also said he would like to play next to Maurice Hurst again, as he did at Michigan, if the Raiders take him. Maurice reached out gave him some advice right before the combine.— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) March 2, 2019
Rashan Gary was asked why he think he’s the best player in this draft. He answered the question with a question. “Why do I think, or why do I know?” He’s supremely confident in his athleticism, and that his best is yet to come.— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) March 2, 2019
He said had a great meeting with the Raiders Thurs. pic.twitter.com/6ErNWnfddl
A reporter asks Rashan Gary why he thinks he’s the best player in draft class. “Why do I think or why do I know?”— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 2, 2019
Rashan Gary said he met formally with the Falcons this week. “They’re a great staff,” Gary said. “They really wanted to know me as a person and basically what I had to offer as a football player. Going out of that meeting, it was great. I’m glad I sat down with them.”— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) March 2, 2019
Gary met with the Raiders last night.— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) March 2, 2019
2:29 PM — Rashan Gary at the NFL combine:
2:13 PM — Linebacker Devin Bush records 21 reps on the bench press.
2:07 PM — NFL Media analyst was asked who the Los Angeles Chargers should take at No. 28 in the draft, and Devin Bush was the first name he suggested:
"They're a team in need of linebackers, because they were playing with seven defensive backs in the playoffs," Brooks explained. "Ideally, that's a change up and not something you live in.
"Gus Bradley would love to have athletic linebackers who can stay on the field and can run, chase, and handle the running game, while also matching up in the passing game.
"Devin Bush may be the most outstanding blitzer of the linebackers in this draft class. To me, he's a perfect fit in that defense.
"I also love his motor and the way he would fit into the culture of that locker room. We saw what Derwin James did and the energy he brought, and Devin Bush has a similar mindset and mentality. His attitude and play making abilities would make him a good fit there."
11:43 AM — Gentry reels in a beautiful 26-yard over-the-shoulder grab on a perfectly thrown ball in the wheel route drill.
11:32 AM — Gentry hauls in a clean catch on a drill where the players are required to run 12 yards downfield and then immediately cut over the middle.
11:20 AM — Gentry catches five of seven passes in the speedy gauntlet drill, with both drops hitting him in the hands.
"With big tight ends, you want to see how they deal with the lower balls," Jeremiah observed.
11:09 AM — "You see a little bit of stiffness there from Gentry," Jeremiah observed as the former U-M tight end went through a drill simply requiring him to drive a blue practice bag — along with the player holding it — backward.
Couple nice finger-tip grabs on the short-route toe-tap drill from @HawkeyeFootball's Noah Fant & @UMichFootball's Zach Gentry.— Dion Caputi (@nfldraftupdate) March 2, 2019
Some natural-handed catches from @SDSUFootball's Kahale Warring & @AlabamaFTBL's Irv Smith Jr.
Nice sideline footwork from @OleMissFB's Dawson Knox.
10:57 AM — Gentry makes a nice two-handed grab along the sideline in the first on-field drill of the day.
The drill entails the player lining up on the numeral and simply running toward the out-of-bounds marker, with a quarterback having to hit them just before they go out of bounds.
.@UMichFootball TE Zach Gentry (6'8" 265lbs.) ran unofficial times of 4.92 and 4.91.— Dion Caputi (@nfldraftupdate) March 2, 2019
Limited collegiate production and polish, but he enters the league with some long-term passing game upside. Size obviously makes him a redzone option, though rarely used.#NFLCombine
10:33 AM — Gentry clocks a a 4.91 in his second try at the 40-yard dash.
"He came out early, and I was surprised," Jeremiah said. "I thought he should have gone back to his alma mater for another year — but, man, he is huge."
10:14 AM — Zach Gentry runs a 4.92 in his first attempt at the 40-yard dash.
"He's probably a later round pick," NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. "He has some upside as a developmental player and will probably be an in-line tight end."
9:01 AM — David Long measures in at 5-10 5/8, 196 pounds.
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