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Spring game mock draft: Spath vs. Reid

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Quarterback - Advantage: Reid
"Gardner was a no-brainer for me. Not only did the redshirt junior torch defenses in the second half of 2012, he is the Wolverines' lone scholarship option this spring (after the injury to Russell Bellomy). Quarterback is such an important position, and I feel really good about getting Gardner on my side." -- Reid
Running Back - Advantage: Reid
"There wasn't a single running back taken off the board until very late into the draft. With presumable starter Fitzgerald Toussaint injured and big-time recruit Derrick Green not yet on campus, the options were slim. I chose Hayes, and I would put him against Norfleet any day. Coaches have been impressed with his ability out of the backfield, and he's up to about 190 pounds, meaning he is much more capable of handling himself between the tackles." -- Reid
Wide Receiver - Advantage: Reid
"Once I picked up Gardner, I knew Gallon was going to be a high priority. The two have an excellent rapport, connecting 31 times for 511 yards and three touchdowns in just five games last season. He's the Wolverines' No. 1 option, and he is poised for an enormous year. Darboh and Chesson have each had terrific springs, and they will be able to stretch the field for some big-play ability." -- Reid
Tight End - Advantage: Spath
"With Brian Cleary at quarterback, I can't expect to game plan for a down-field passing game. Instead, my focus is on exploiting mismatches and in Funchess and Butt my team has two athletic tight ends that should be able to break away from their linebacker and safety defenders, creating enough open space for Cleary to make a routine pass that could have big-play potential." -- Spath
Offensive Line - Advantage: Spath
"The moment Gardner came off the board I realized I had to change strategy so I immediately decided I needed the far superior offensive line, drafting players early and often to give me a decided edge. With this line, I can better run the football (especially in the harsh wintry conditions expected Saturday) while I should be able to keep my quarterback upright against an unproven pass rush." -- Spath
Defensive End - Advantage: Spath
"Gardner may be off-limits but that works even more to my advantage because the play will be blown dead the moment a defender gets near him. Knowing Reid's line isn't as stout or as experienced as mine, I snatched up the best pass rusher on the team and a burgeoning talent in Heitzman, who was a spring-game star in 2012." -- Spath
Defensive Tackle - Advantage: Spath
"Gardner thrives off play-action passing, but if my team can stuff the run game early in the scrimmage, then the aerial attack won't be as effective, and the best way to achieve such a goal is to overwhelm the opposing offensive line. Pipkins is a monster and he and Black feature a combination of power and quickness that will flummox the novice interior linemen Reid's team features." -- Spath
Linebacker - Advantage: Reid
"With SAM linebacker Jake Ryan on the sideline with an ACL injury, Gordon becomes a huge asset. He's going to be a big piece to the defensive puzzle, and if he plays as well as the coaches think he can, he'll have a breakout year. Morgan may not be the biggest or most athletic guy, but he is a reliable playmaker. He and Bolden can be used interchangeably at MIKE or WILL." -- Reid
Cornerback - Advantage: Spath
"Gallon is a stud wideout and both Darboh and Chesson could be breakout performers, giving my secondary trouble. There is a premium on corners that can cover man-to-man, and Taylor was the Maize and Blue's best a year ago. Thomas, meanwhile, has earned rave reviews this spring and is expected to compete to start at the nickel in the fall. He gives me a starting tandem that won't make it easy on Gardner and Co. to move down the field." -- Spath
Safety - Advantage: Reid
Three players have been getting the majority of snaps at the two safety positions, and I picked up two of them: Wilson and Robinson. I like Robinson and his big-hit ability in the box at strong safety. And Wilson's excellent field vision will serve him well at free safety." -- Reid
Kicker/Punter - Advantage: Spath
"This one is simple. Sure, Gibbons is the more proven kicker, but he hasn't attempted one punt in his career. Wile has done it all - kick field goals, punt and kickoff. My guy is more versatile. He wins." -- Spath
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